The Sun reports the network is looking to revive the programme to fill an hour-long Sunday night slot recently occupied by 1930s-set Corfu drama The Durrells.
Talking to the newspaper, a source said: "A revamped version of The Darling Buds Of May is just the kind of show ITV needs to keep its reputation for making family-friendly dramas. It brought people together around the TV almost three decades ago, and they're hoping it will provide the same shared experience once again."
The original television adaptation starred David Jason and Pam Ferris as Pop and Ma Larkin, with Catherine Zeta-Jones as their daughter Mariette and Philip Franks as Charley Charlton, a haphazard tax inspector who visited the family's farm but quickly fell in love with their way of life and married Mariette.
The Sun says: "It is not known if David and Catherine will appear, but discussions with high-profile actors are still in progress."
Sun reporter Andy Halls suggests that Simon Nye, who also wrote The Durrells, is in line to take on the scripting duties.
The news of the new adaptation comes as the similarly rural Worzel Gummidge is set to come to BBC One at Christmas. Also based on original mid-century literary works, the family-friendly comedy about a scarecrow who comes to life was famously adapted for the ITV network between 1979 and 1981 - later revived for Channel 4 - and starred former Doctor Who Jon Pertwee.
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