Lark Rise to Candleford's Dawn French

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of March 11, 2019

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Dawn French in Lark Rise to Candleford

It’s always good to see Dawn French back on our screens. Her role as Caroline Arless in Lark Rise to Candleford is quite different to that of Geraldine in The Vicar of Dibley, although both share a feistiness that French pulls off to perfection.

French most recently appeared on stage as the character Queen Dragonella in the West End pantomime, Cinderella. A friend who saw the show reported that French and the rest of the cast, which included Nigel Havers, who was last seen on MPT as Lord Hepworth in Downton Abbey, seemed to have as much fun performing in it, as the audience did watching it!

French is now busy working on a brand new series called Glass Houses. Set in a small South Devon coastal town, the show features French as the main character Maggie, whose gossipy local radio interview has a disrupting effect on the townsfolk.

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Mark Heap in Lark Rise to Candleford

Described as a “drama in the tradition of Doc Martin,” Glass Houses reunites French with her Lark Rise to Candleford co-star, Mark Heap, who plays French’s headmaster husband of 40 years. In Lark Rise, Heap played the pious postman, Thomas Brown.

In real-life, French lives in a 40 room 19th century mansion overlooking the sea in Cornwall. French frequently takes on projects that are set in Cornwall, one of which is the Skye TV series called Delicious, which is now in its third season in the U.K.

Lark Rise to Candleford airs at 1:30pm Mondays through Fridays on Afternoon Tea.

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