TV Series - Aug 29, 2022
Following a bumpy start to their first season, the Larkins will return for a second series this autumn. The Darling Buds of May is the latest adaptation of H E Bates' 1958 novel The Darling Buds of May that can be found on ITV. Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan, played by two actors who appear in the film with their children in the 1950s, are a married couple living in the Kent countryside.
There was a lot of criticism about the 2021 series, with Sean O'Grady of The Independent calling it an abomination of Brexit television”. “This kind of production is surely something that Nadine Dorries, who is the new secretary of state for culture, would greatly approve of, especially since it is precisely the kind of opioid atavistic tosh that she churns out in her book,” he wrote.
“It is something like Brexit Television, where a scene is set in a post-war mannered and pleasant England of green and pleasant land that never was nor will be, but for which so many people feel an overwhelming sense of nostalgia.”
There was some good news, though, when ITV revealed on 2 August that The Larkins will return for a second series this autumn, following their successful first season. Joelle Rae will replace Sabrina Bartlett as Mariette, the eldest Larkin daughter.