Pop Larkin and Ma Larkin return to ITV1 for the first time in almost 30 years, but what is The Larkins all about?
Is it different from The Darling Buds of May and how many episodes are there?
Here’s everything you need to know about the new Sunday night family drama.
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What is The Larkins about?
The Larkins on ITV1 follows the adventures of the iconic Larkin family in the idyllic Kent countryside.
We meet the kindhearted Pop Larkin, his wife Ma, and their six children who form a working-class family in the late 1950s.
In the Kent countryside, considered the Garden of England, the family has achieved a little piece of paradise on their farm.
But her good heart is not always shared by other members, sometimes snobbish, of her idyllic community.
In addition to its clashes with authority and snooty villagers, The Larkins will feature a love story between daughter Mariette and Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton.
Charley, a newcomer, arrives there as an informal and unworldly accountant to investigate the Larkins’ taxes.
However, Mariette soon distracts him and he falls in love with her.
But there is a romantic rival in town, in the form of Tom Fisher, a beautiful and mysterious figure …
How many episodes are there?
The Larkins on ITV1 will be a six-part drama series.
Each episode lasts one hour.
As you would expect, it is located in the cozy family space on Sunday nights.
The series begins on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 8 p.m. and is expected to conclude on Sunday, November 14, 2021.
Although we have been told that there will be a Christmas special of the show.
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Where is it filmed?
The Larkins on ITV1 is filmed in the idyllic Kentish countryside.
Speaking to reporters at a press release for The Larkins, Bradley said: “It’s a proper working farm [in Kent].
“We are there at the same time as the real farmers who work and do everything they have at the same time.”
He added: “And by the way, I was almost crushed by a pig, thanks to director Andy De Emmony.
“He made me go into the pig pen with Betty the sow.”
The actor also revealed that his hay fever becomes a problem when filming on a farm!
Who stars in the cast of The Larkins on ITV1?
Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan play Pop and Ma Larkin.
The relatively newcomer Sabrina Bartlett takes on the role of Mariette.
Viewers know Sabrina best for her roles in Bridgerton (where she plays Sienna Rosso), Poldark, and Knightfall.
Taking on the role made famous by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sabrina said, “I’m REALLY excited to take on the role of Mariette Larkin in this new adaptation of the HE Bates novels.
“I can’t wait to bring these moving stories to life alongside such a wonderful team.
“It’s the perfect dose of escapism that we all need right now.”
Tok Stephen plays Mariette’s love interest Charlie, while Tony Gardner plays Alec Norman.
Liam Middleton and Lydia Page play two of the youngest children: Montgomery and Primrose.
Meanwhile, Stephen Hagan plays Mariette’s OTHER love interest, Tom Fisher.
Is The Larkins on ITV1 based on a book?
The Larkins is a new adaptation of the classic novel The Darling Buds of May by HE Bates.
Screenwriter Simon Nye (The Durrells, Men Behaving Badly) wrote the drama, while Abigail Wilson (Trollied, Stella) is on board to write one of the episodes.
Simon said: “Novels are short, funny and magical.
“We’re expanding the world of the Larkins a little bit and we can’t wait to immerse ourselves in this glorious rural idyll.”
The book and its sequels were last adapted 30 years ago as The Darling Buds of May.
Set in the late 1950s, The Larkins is the story of a working-class family led by the gold wheel merchant Pop Larkin and his wife Ma, along with their six children.
Fiercely loyal to each other and to their community, each member of the Larkin family has a strong work ethic, along with a disinterest in authority.
The Larkins on ITV1: Is it the same as The Darling Buds of May?
Well yes and no.
Both series are based on the books by HE Bates and focus on the life of the Larkin family.
However, The Darling Buds of May aired between 1991 and 1993.
David Jason played Pop Larkin and Pam Ferris played Ma Larkin.
Of course, Catherine Zeta Jones’ role as Mariette catapulted her to fame in America.
The Larkins on ITV1 is a new reboot of the heartwarming drama, with a new cast and certainly a new fanbase as well.
The Larkins kicks off Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 8pm on ITV1.
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