The Darling Buds of May - Netflix

The Darling Buds of May paints an idyllic picture of 1950's rural England as seen through the lives of the Larkins, a farm family living in Kent. The show revolves around Pa Larkin (David Jason), a man of a kind and mischievous nature with a penchant for getting into scrapes and talking his way out of them with equal equanimity; and his daughters (including Catherine Zeta-Jones, in the role that launched her career), as they deal with growing up and discovering the joys and sorrows of young love.

The Darling Buds of May - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 100 minutes

Premier: 1991-04-07

The Darling Buds of May - The Darling Buds of May (TV series) - Netflix

The Darling Buds of May is an English comedy drama television series, produced by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network, first broadcast between 7 April 1991 and 4 April 1993. It is an adaptation of the 1958 novel of the same name, and its sequels, by H. E. Bates. Set in rural 1950s Kent, it follows the life of the Larkin family. It starred David Jason as “Pop” Larkin alongside Pam Ferris as “Ma” Larkin, with Catherine Zeta-Jones playing their eldest daughter Mariette, who marries tax inspector Cedric “Charlie” Charlton, played by Philip Franks. A ratings success, it proved to be Zeta-Jones's breakout role. Featuring a total of 20 episodes, it was broadcast as three series of six double-episode story lines in the spring of 1991, 1992 and 1993, plus two single-episode Christmas specials aired in 1991 and 1992. The title is from the third line of Shakespeare's sonnet 18.

The Darling Buds of May - Main cast members - Netflix

Of the four main cast members, Jason and Ferris appeared in all twenty episodes, while Zeta-Jones and Franks appeared in eighteen, their only absences being in the third series' double episode “Cast Not Your Pearls Before Swine” (3.3 & 3.4). David Jason, as Sidney Charles “Pop” Larkin, the father of the family Pam Ferris, as Florence Daisy “Ma” (Parker) Larkin, the mother of the family Catherine Zeta-Jones, as Mariette Charlton, née Larkin, eldest Larkin daughter Philip Franks, Cedric “Charley” Charlton, husband of Mariette

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