- 1 Episode 1
Lark Rise and Candleford are transformed as the inhabitants prepare for the Christmas festivities. However, loyalties are tested as the arrival of a ragged, bare-footed young women drives residents to speak difficult truths amid the gift giving and carol singing.
Air Date: 2008-12-21
- 2 Episode 2
James Dowland arrives in town, aiming to put Candleford on the map with his new hotel.
Air Date: 2009-01-04
- 3 Episode 3
Dorcas Lane sets out to defeat the dashing James Dowland in the parish council elections.
Air Date: 2009-01-11
- 4 Episode 4
As the death of Miss Ellison's father unites the communities of Lark Rise and Candleford, the bereaved daughter is confronted by her brother and a past she would rather forget. Overwhelmed with grief, Miss Ellison is oblivious to Thomas Brown's affections and his desire for her hand in marriage.
Air Date: 2009-01-18
- 5 Episode 5
The usually preternaturally serene Emma Timmins, Laura's mother, is feeling a bit sad, as if life has passed her by. So she offloads her baby on to cousin Dorcas and goes cartwheeling in the sunshine. Ah, wasn't life grand in those days? The arrival of a baby at the post office has a curious effect on Dorcas, (Julia Sawalha) who gets all gooey and simpers so much one fears she might combust and leave little more than a puddle of oestrogen. In fact, most of Candleford's women get broody, making them weepy, jealous and possessive. There is some diversion, though, as yet another stranger arrives in town - a handsome young clockmaker who's come to do a job for James Dowland, a man with enough smarm to butter a cottage loaf. Though James is getting nowhere with Dorcas and has to listen to some manly advice from Laura's salt-of-the-earth dad about how to handle a woman. It's all just lovely, and larded with enough bucolic whimsy to strip the paint from a barn door.
Air Date: 2009-01-25
- 6 Episode 6
Lark Rise and Candleford rally around to show support for Laura's new role in the post office when Dorcas Lane is taken ill, but Laura feels pressure mounting when anonymous letters begin to arrive. Minnie sees the delivery of one of the letters, and fears that her past is catching up with her.
Air Date: 2009-02-01
- 7 Episode 7
"Where there is sunlight, there must also be shadows," whispers Sarah Lancashire's narration. It's a Candleford-ism that sounds, you know, deep, yet it's really the kind of thing you see on calendars with inspirational sayings for every day of the week. The biggest shadow is cast over salt-of-the-earth Robert Timmins. Someone pinches his tools, which destroys both his faith in human nature and his ability to "provide" for his family. As this is the nearest to a crimewave Lark Rise or Candleford is ever likely to see, there is much discussion and Dorcas, with her bulletproof condescension, steps in to help. But there's more excitement: Thomas the postman and his beloved have an erotic frisson over a tea set, and - most gripping of all - a parcel goes missing!
Air Date: 2009-02-08
- 8 Episode 8
The hot summer brings a surprise visitor to Candleford in the form of Celestia Brice Coulson, who stays at the Golden Lion Hotel and becomes acquainted with Dorcas Lane. However, Dorcas has other things on her mind when she begins 'walking out' with James Dowland. And in Lark Rise, Emma's father, Old Edmund, arrives for his birthday. But problems arise when Emma asks him to live with them permanently.
Air Date: 2009-02-15
- 9 Episode 9
A feud between Lark Rise and the neighbouring village of Fordlow has been simmering for three generations, but it takes young love to bring the two communities together and save the day. In Candleford the path of true love runs less smoothly for Thomas and Miss Ellison; will they ever set the date for the wedding?
Air Date: 2009-02-22
- 10 Episode 10
Every autumn, Constable Patterson is used to his wife taking to her bed with a mysterious illness. But this year it is different, as she gives him permission to seek a new wife. The constable has no intention of doing any such thing, until a Pratt sister in distress sets his heart soaring.
Air Date: 2009-03-01
- 11 Episode 11
A sudden storm reveals a secret romance, but also makes the address on a letter indecipherable. When Dorcas pursues the identity of the letter's recipient, she reveals another secret: a child, kept secret even from his own father.
Air Date: 2009-03-08
- 12 Episode 12
James Dowland is confined to his hospital bed when his son arrives in Candleford, and Dorcas welcomes the boy into the post office, doing everything she can to make him feel at home. But this causes a great deal of turmoil when James is released from hospital to be reunited with his son.
Air Date: 2009-03-15