The Larkins on ITV1

The Larkins on ITV1: How many episodes is it, where is it filmed and is it the same as Darling Buds of May?

Bradley Walsh stars as Pop Larkin

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Pop Larkin and Ma Larkin return to ITV1 for the first time in nearly 30 years, but what is The Larkins about?

Is it different to The Darling Buds of May, and how many episodes is it?

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Sunday night family drama.

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Pop and Ma Larkin are back with their brood on Sunday nights (Credit: ITV1)

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What is The Larkins about?

The Larkins on ITV1 follows the warm-hearted, wheeler-dealing adventures of the iconic Larkin family in the idyllic Kent countryside.

We meet good-hearted Pop Larkin, his wife Ma and their six children who make up a working-class family in the late 1950s.

In the Kentish countryside, considered the Garden of England, the family has achieved a small patch of paradise on their farm.

But their good heartedness isn’t always shared by other, sometimes snobbish members of their idyllic community.

In addition to their clashes with authority and snooty villagers, The Larkins will feature a love story between daughter Mariette and Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton.

A newcomer, Charley arrives as an unworldly, officious accountant there to investigate the Larkins’ taxes.

However, Mariette soon distracts him and he falls in love with her.

But there’s a romantic rival in the village, in the form of Tom Fisher, a handsome and mysterious figure…

How many episodes is it?

The Larkins on ITV1 will be a six-part drama series.

Each episode is one hour long.

Unsurprisingly, it’s nestled in the Sunday night cosy-family slot.

The series starts on Sunday October 10 2021 at 8pm, 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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The Larkins starts on ITV1 in October 2021 (Credit: ITV1)

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Where is it filmed?

The Larkins on ITV1 is filmed in the idyllic Kent countryside.

Talking to journalists at a press launch for The Larkins, Bradley said: “It’s a proper working farm [in Kent].

“We’re down there at the same time as the real working farmers who are doing all their stuff at the same time.”

He added: “And I nearly got crushed by a pig by the way, thanks to director Andy De Emmony.

“He made me get in the pig pen with Betty the pig.”

The actor also revealed his hayfever does become a problem filming on a farm!

Who stars in the cast of The Larkins on ITV1?

Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan portray Pop and Ma Larkin.

Relative 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.

Upon taking the role made famous by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sabrina said: “I am really REALLY excited to be taking on the role of Mariette Larkin in this new adaption of H.E. Bates novels.

“I can’t wait to bring these heart-warming stories to life alongside such a wonderful team.

“It’s just the perfect dose of escapism we all need right now.”

Tok Stephen portrays Mariette’s love interest Charlie, while Tony Gardner plays Alec Norman.

Liam Middleton and Lydia Page play two of the younger children – Montgomery and Primrose.

Meanwhile, Stephen Hagan portrays Mariette’s OTHER love interest Tom Fisher.

What will fans of the original say about The Larkins?
Bradley plays Pop Larkin (Credit: ITV)

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 H.E. Bates.

Screenwriter Simon Nye (The Durrells, Men Behaving Badly) penned the drama, while Abigail Wilson (Trollied, Stella) is on board to write one of the episodes.

Simon said: “The novels are short, hilarious and magical.

“We will be expanding the Larkins’ world a little and can’t wait to immerse ourselves in this glorious countryside 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 golden-hearted wheeler dealer Pop Larkin and his wife Ma, together with their six children.

Fiercely loyal to each other and their community, each Larkin family member has a strong work ethic, alongside 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 H.E. Bates books and focus on the lives of the Larkin family.

However, The Darling Buds of May aired between 1991 and 1993.

Famously, David Jason starred as Pop Larkin, and Pam Ferris portrayed 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 no doubt a brand new fanbase, too.

The Larkins starts on Sunday October 10 2021 at 8pm on ITV1.

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