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Classic Comedy: The Darling Buds of May

10/09/2018

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

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