November 23rd, 2007

Caricature

Deeply rural drama coming

The first place I lived in when I was young was the village of Aynho, just into Northamptonshire. When I was seven, we moved ten miles due east into Buckinghamshire, to the village of Tingewick. (No, not the Tingewick Society, Oxonian medics.)

If you draw a line between those two villages, and put a pin in the halfway point, you'll be disturbing the Oxfordshire hamlet of Juniper Hill.

It has another name - a fictional name, Lark Rise. Next year, the BBC will be releasing a ten part dramatisation of Lark Rise to Candleford, which was a remembering of childhood in late Victorian Oxfordshire by Flora Thompson, written some decades later.

(Candleford is pretty much based on Buckingham, which is another five miles further east.)

So please excuse me if I disappear for a while when it's broadcast. There's very little written about the particular corner where Oxon, Bucks and Northants meet, and for those of us from that small area, the Lark Rise trilogy is really quite famous.

One of these days, I'll read it.