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'The Larkins' on ITV — release date, cast, plot, trailer and all you need to know

The Larkins - Pop Larkin [Bradley Walsh] and Ma Larkin [Joanna Scanlan].
The Larkins first picture — Bradley Walsh as Pop Larkin and Joanna Scanlan as Ma Larkin. (Image credit: Objective Fiction / Genial Productions)

The Larkins is an exciting new ITV adaptation of the much-loved novel The Darling Buds of May, which was famously turned into a series starring David Jason, Pam Ferris, and future Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The new series is written by The Durrells screenwriter Simon Nye, and he 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 last adaptation was 30 years ago, and ITV has teased that The Larkins aims to capture "the warmth, optimism and escapism of The Larkin family for a modern generation”. With the original Darling Buds of May being such a successful series for ITV, hopefully the modern adaption will be just as well received.

Filming has now started and rather excitingly above is the first picture from the series.

Here's everything we know about The Larkins so far...

The Larkins release date

ITV has not yet confirmed a release date for The Larkins, but we'll be sure to keep you updated when we find out more. It's not yet known if it will be shown in the US.

But in promising news that fans won't have too long to wait before enjoying the series filming has now started! Yep, Bradley Walsh has been spied shooting scenes for the new drama. This suggests The Larkins could be released as early as this winter. It seems like perfect Christmas TV entertainment perhaps?!

What is The Larkins about?

The Larkins is set in the 1950s and follows a working-class family led by “golden-hearted wheeler-dealer” Pop Larkin and his wife Ma. The couple has six children including the beautiful Mariette, who the series focuses on as we discover her romance with village newcomer Cedric "Charley" Charlton. Charley initially comes to the village to investigate the Larkins’ tax affairs but soon gets distracted!

Each member of the family has a strong work ethic and a disinterest in authority, which makes for plenty of laughs and drama across the series.

Who is in the cast of The Larkins?

The Chase's own Bradley Walsh has been confirmed as Pop Larkin in The Larkins. Bradley will be taking on the iconic character last played by David Jason. In a statement, he 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!“

Meanwhile, Joanna Scanlan will star opposite him as Ma Larkin, and said: “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!”

Bridgerton star Sabrina Bartlett will play the couple's daughter Mariette and Grantchester's Tok Stephen is set to play Cedric "Charley" Charlton in the new adaptation.

Other confirmed cast includes Peter Davison (the Vicar), Kriss Dosanjh (Brigadier), Amelia Bullmore (Miss Edith Pilchester), Seeta Indrani (Miss Chand), Robert Bathurst (Johnny Delamere), Stephen Hagan (Tom Fisher), Francesca Waterworth (Libby Fothergill), Barney Walsh (PC Harness), Tony Gardner (Alec Norman) and Selina Griffiths (Norma Norman).

There's also additions to the Larkins family, including Lydia Page (Primrose Larkin), Liam Middleton (Montgomery Larkin), Lola Shepelev (Victoria Larkin), Davina Coleman (Zinnia Larkin) and Rosie Coleman (Petunia Larkin).

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Is there a trailer?

A trailer has not yet been released for The Larkins, but if you're completely new to the series you can watch the opening titles for the original series below to give you an idea of what to expect!

Filming has only just started on the new series, so it will be a while before we get a trailer for the new episodes.

Can we watch the original series on demand?

Yes, The Darling Buds of May is available, among other places, on Amazon Prime and BritBox. So if you want a rewatch or you're completely new to the series, all episodes are available on there for you to enjoy.