Sunday, 15 February 2009

Larkrise to Candleford

Fab...u...lous...  
Like all compelling stories, it is the characters who are at the heart of the piece who reel us in, hold us in the palm of their hand and ensure we become transfixed and addicted.  I am embarrassed to say, that it has almost become a religion. A costume drama soap to please on every level.  Perfectly cast, perfectly acted, perfectly adapted and not one character is colourless. The post office is the Rovers Return or The Queen Vic but with much more charm and intrigue. The ensemble piece is a lesson in the seamless weaving of narrative content, without loosing a sense of time or purpose.  My only regret is that I know it must end, albeit for a season.  It might be a bit of romantic intrigue and nonsense, but on a personal note I love it.

BBC and other broadcasters, more good drama please over pointless reality shows.  Ahhhh, Monday tomorrow only six more days to go.

2 comments:

Kristen In London said...

Rosie, we became similarly addicted last year to "Cranford." The BBC at its best. We watched "Little Dorrit," all three of us, but were left in the end saying, "Wait, what major plot resolution did I miss?" It was rushed, I think...

Foxi Rosie said...

Adaptations can be problematic, what to include, hightlight or leave out. We clearly enjoy the same threads of drama, but it is no replacement for reading the real thing.