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The Darling Buds of May 

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (1991–1993)
The life of the Larkin family, farmers in Kent.
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Series cast summary:
David Jason ...  Pop Larkin 20 episodes, 1991-1993
Pam Ferris ...  Ma Larkin 20 episodes, 1991-1993
Stephanie Ralph Stephanie Ralph ...  Victoria 19 episodes, 1991-1993
Philip Franks Philip Franks ...  Charley / ... 18 episodes, 1991-1993
Catherine Zeta-Jones ...  Mariette 18 episodes, 1991-1993
Christina Giles Christina Giles ...  Petunia 18 episodes, 1991-1993
Katherine Giles Katherine Giles ...  Zinnia 18 episodes, 1991-1993
Rachel Bell ...  Edith Pilchester 16 episodes, 1991-1993
Ross Marriott Ross Marriott ...  Oscar 16 episodes, 1991-1993
Ian Tucker Ian Tucker ...  Montgomery 13 episodes, 1991-1992
Abigail Rokison Abigail Rokison ...  Primrose 12 episodes, 1991-1993
Moray Watson ...  Brigadier 11 episodes, 1991-1993
Daisy-May Bates Daisy-May Bates ...  John Blenheim 11 episodes, 1992-1993


The life of the Larkin family, farmers in Kent.

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

7 April 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Buds of May See more »

Filming Locations:

Yorkshire, England, UK See more »

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(20 episodes) | (9 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several pieces of music that would have been heard by The Larkins on the radio during the period, on the BBC light pro-gramme, were re-recorded for use in the show by Barrie Guard, conducting The English Light Concert Orchestra. The original versions of the re-created tracks were originally recorded for the Production Music Libraries of, respectively, Chappell's and Bosworth And Co. The tracks re-recorded were:

Chappell Tracks:

'Devil's Gallop'-best known for it's as use as the theme to Dick Barton. 'Calling All Workers'-best known as the theme to Music While You Work. 'Puffin' Billy'-best known as the theme tune of Children's Choice. 'In a Party Mood'-better known for Housewive's Choice.

These were recorded at Olympic Studios, along with the rest of the series music. See more »


[repeated line]
Sidney Charles 'Pop' Larkin: This calls for a cocktail!
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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.109 (2016) See more »

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The first two episodes are a fantastic love story based on the first book.
31 December 2008 | by robertduncanmartinSee all my reviews

This is a reply to Annoymous-007 who considered the film better than the TV Series. Does this person know that the the film relocated the original setting from Kent to the United States of America. The TV Series was based on the actual books and filmed where they were set. Annonymous-007 has missed the point - the theme of novels is the rejection of control and the concept of Romanticism and the free individual. That is why HE Bates alluded to the idea of Marriette being pregnant at the start of the first story (which she is not). There is a great connection to Jane Austen and the Brontes in the opening episodes, based on the first book: this is indeed a love story worthy of mention alongside Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.

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