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The Larkins: Who starred in the original Darling Buds of May and when was it on?

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Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock (1260883mo) Philip Franks as Charley, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Mariette Larkins, Pam Ferris as Ma, David Jason as Pop Larkins 'The Darling Buds of May' Series 2, TV Programme. - 1992 Series 2 : The life of the Larkin family, farmers in Kent.
The classic series aired back in the 90s (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

The Larkins looks set to become one of the biggest new ITV dramas of 2021, with Bradley Walsh leading the cast of the new show. 

The Darling Buds of May reboot sees the actor, comedian and Chase host leading the cast as loveable wheeler dealer Pop Larkin.

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He appears alongside Joanna Scanlan, Peter Davison and Bridgerton star Sabrina Bartlett in the six part series. 

His son Barney is also appearing in the new adaptation of H. E. Bates’s 1958 novel.

The Darling Buds of May reboot is written by Simon Nye (The Durrells, Men Behaving Badly) and Abigail Wilson (Stella, Trollied).

But who starred in the original Darling Buds of May series? 

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Here’s everything you need to know.

Who starred in the original Darling Buds of May and when was it on?

Editorial use only. No book cover usage. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock (1647393a) The Darling Buds Of May , Ian Tucker, Christina Giles, Pam Ferris, Katherine Giles, David Jason, Philip Franks, Catherine Zeta-jones Film and Television
The classic show featured some huge stars (Picture: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock)

Just like the upcoming reboot, the original series tells the story of a working-class family in rural 1950s Kent, with six children led by Pop and his wife Ma.

It starred Sir David Jason as Pop, who is set to be played by Bradley in the new series. Pop was known for his catchphrase ‘perfick’ in the original series. 

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Pam Ferris starred as Ma, while Catherine Zeta-Jones played eldest daughter Mariette in her breakout role. 

Tax inspector Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton, who marries Mariette, was played by Philip Franks.

Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock (1035753aj) Catherine Zeta-Jones as Mariette 'Darling Buds of May' TV programme - 1991
Catherine Zeta-Jones made her name in the series as Mariette (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

The show ran for three series between 1991 and 1993. There were a total of 20 episodes made.

The new stars of the show will be hoping they can pay tribute to the classic series, while taking the programme in a fresh direction. 

A new trailer for the new series sees the characters introduce themselves, beginning with Bradley’s Pop speaking to the viewer.

The Larkins cast including Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan
Bradley leads the cast of the new reboot (Picture: ITV/Nicky Johnston/Rex/Shutterstock)

Bradley said: ‘I’m thrilled to be asked to be part of this much loved and iconic series of stories.

‘The warmth and affection that H. E Bates has generated through his books is so uplifting and I cannot wait to be part of the Larkin family. It’ll be a hoot!’

Joanna added: ‘What better comfort could there be from all we have endured this year than the rolling laughter and outsize hugs of Ma and Pop?

‘It’s going to be an honour to help bring The Larkins to the nation’s devices!’

The Larkins airs on ITV on October 10 at 8pm.

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