Not having read the books, I enjoyed Cranford, but I do think they tried to make it a bit too over-dramatic, and too aware of the changes in the outside world. They used 3 books as a basis for the series: Cranford, Mr Harrison's Confessions and My Lady Ludlow, and I think the latter didn't quite work with the other two. I really enjoyed the interaction between Lady Ludlow and her estate manager Mr. Carter in the TV series, but Lady Ludlow wasn't of the right era in appearance and opinions for the other two books; she was more early 18th century than mid 18th. Mr Harrison's Confessions was a better fit, both in its social interaction and the smaller domestic scale of the story.
Domestic seems to be more the aim of Lark Rise to Candleford so let's hope it keeps within the village. In this time of interdependence we sometimes refer to the world as a village, but it's worth remembering that a village can contain a world.