Goodbye, Lark Rise—Hello, To The Manor Born
Tea Time Tidbit for the week of September 19, 2016
To The Manor Born
At the request of a viewer, this week I wanted to let you know why Lark Rise to Candleford is no longer part of the Afternoon Tea line-up of programs. Unfortunately, MPT’s rights to air the series expired, but thankfully we were able to conclude our airing of the series with the last episode of its last season.
Starting October 7th, we’ve got another change to our Afternoon Tea schedule: we’ll be bringing back To The Manor Born, which will replace Blackadder in the 1pm time slot on Fridays. It’s thanks to the financial support from our Tea viewers that we are able to purchase the rights to air the programs you love watching weekday afternoons and hopefully at some point we’ll be able to afford to bring back Lark Rise as well.
Lark Rise to Candleford actually concluded its run in the U.K. around the same time MPT started airing it - in 2011. Chavenage House in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, which was used in the series as the home of Sir Timothy Midwinter, continues, however, to keep its real-life owners busy.
The second of just two families to have owned the house since Tudor times, David & Rona Lowsley-Williams received Chavenage as a wedding present in 1958 from David’s uncle, John. The couple still live there, and the doors of their Elizabethan home are opened up to the public May through the end of September, with guided tours being conducted by family members. The house also features prominently in Masterpiece’s Poldark, where it’s known as "Trenwith", the Poldark family home.
“Part of the reason they picked Chavenage is that when you look out you cannot see anything manmade, no buildings or electricity wires – just countryside,” said Mrs. Lowsley-Williams in an interview with the Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard.
Masterpiece’s Poldark returns for a second season on Sunday, September 25th. It kicks off with a special two hour premier which airs at 8pm and subsequent episodes can be seen Sundays at 9pm.
To contact Heather:
Address: Afternoon Tea
Maryland Public Television
11767 Owings Mills Blvd.
Owings Mills, MD 21117