The Larkins. Image shows left to right: Pop Larkin (Bradley Walsh), Ma Larkin (Joanna Scanlan)
The Larkins

The Larkins (2021)

  • TV comedy drama
  • ITV1
  • 2021 - 2022
  • 13 episodes (2 series)

Adaptation of H.E. Bates's novels about the eccentric, rural Larkin family, starring Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan. Also features Sabrina Bartlett, Tok Stephen, Peter Davison, Barney Walsh, Kriss Dosanjh and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - In Which We Meet The Larkin Family

The Larkins. Pop Larkin (Bradley Walsh)
Excited and busy, plans for the approaching May Day Fair are under way in the village but everything is not as peaceful as it might be in the Larkins' world.

Further details

Excited and busy, plans for the approaching May Day Fair are under way in the village but everything is not as peaceful as it might be in the Larkins' world. Mariette is keen to leave home and see the world.

Ma and Pop are devastated and doing their best to convince her to stay. Even the arrival of suave Tom Fisher doesn't seem to have the desired effect. Meanwhile Pop is trying to save Miss Pilchester from having to sell her house to pushy Mr Rance, an outsider from London. Ma is furious that village gossip (particularly from the Normans) about Pop suggests he is uncultured and illiterate.

Pop buys Ma a Rolls Royce to help rectify matters and Ma has her heart set on Pop being Master of Hounds and taking the crown from Alec Norman (who is still fuming that Montgomery Larkin scraped his sports car). Things come to a head at the May Day Fair Charity Auction where Alec Norman mistakenly buys a 'Turner' painting that turns out to be a Montgomery Larkin original. But with the arrival of the tax man things are looking bleak for the Larkins.

Broadcast details

Sunday 10th October 2021
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 13th May 2022 8:00pm ITV3
Monday 10th October 2022 10:00pm ITV3
Sunday 25th June 2023 8:00pm ITV3

Cast & crew

Bradley Walsh Pop Larkin
Joanna Scanlan Ma Larkin
Sabrina Bartlett Mariette Larkin
Tok Stephen Cedric 'Charley' Charlton
Peter Davison Vicar
Barney Walsh PC Harness
Kriss Dosanjh Brigadier
Amelia Bullmore Miss Edith Pilchester
Seeta Indrani Miss Chand
Robert Bathurst Johnny Delamere
Stephen Hagan Tom Fisher
Francesca Wilson Waterworth Libby Fothergill
Tony Gardner Alec Norman
Selina Griffiths Norma Norman
Lydia Page Primrose Larkin
Liam Middleton Montgomery Larkin
Lola Shepelev Victoria Larkin
Davina Coleman Zinnia Larkin
Rosie Coleman Petunia Larkin
Natalie Mitson Pauline
Guest cast
Wil Johnson Old Reg
Matthew Bates TV Presenter
Karl Collins Mr Rance
Louis Gaunt Eddie
George Hannigan Jasper
Bernadine Britchett TV Nun
Jasmine Raymond Mrs Rance
Tom Xander Brian
Writing team
Simon Nye Writer
Victoria Wicks Script Consultant
Production team
Andy de Emmony Director
Serena Cullen Producer
Ben Farrell Executive Producer
Charlotte Lewis Executive Producer
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise Executive Producer
Simon Nye Executive Producer
Toby Stevens Executive Producer
Bradley Walsh Executive Producer
Jane Harrison Line Producer
Martha Lake Post Producer
Cornelius Shea Post Producer
William Webb Editor
Lucy Spink Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
June Nevin Costume Designer
Darran Bragg Director of Photography
Jill Stansfield Make-up Designer
Nick Green Composer
Maisie Robinson Graphics
Claire Grossmith 1st Assistant Director


The Larkins review

Never mind the all-star cast. Every eye was on the relative unknown, as Sabrina Bartlett took on the mantle of Mariette, the original Darling Bud Of May.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 11th October 2021

The Larkins review

Darling Buds Of May reboot is a warm comfort pudding.

Carol Midgley, The Times, 11th October 2021

The Larkins review

Bradley Walsh is a perfick Pop in ITV's Darling Buds Of May reboot.

Helen Daly, Radio Times, 10th October 2021

The Larkins review

It is the kind of production that the new secretary of state for culture, Nadine "Mad Nad" Dorries would greatly approve of, mainly because it is precisely the kind of opioid atavistic tosh she churns out in her novels. It's a sort of Brexit Television, set in a post-war green and pleasant England that never was and never will be, but for which so many feel an overwhelming nostalgia (and so much so that they're prepared to vote in their millions for a better yesterday).

Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 10th October 2021

The Larkins review

Ian Hyland says ITV's The Larkins is not stuck in the past but has been revived to have a modern feel with plenty of diversity - that's the next five Sunday nights sorted.

Ian Hyland, The Mirror, 10th October 2021

The Larkins review

ITV remake is the perfick warm hug we desperately need on Sunday nights.

Charlotte Manning, Metro, 10th October 2021

The Larkins review

There's nothing 'perfick' about this clumsy remake.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 10th October 2021

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