How to watch The Darling Buds of May ahead of The Larkins release

Bradley Walsh: The Larkins was shot 'different' to the original

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The Darling Buds of May was a comedy-drama series which aired for three seasons between April 1991 and April 1993. It featured some of Britain’s greatest acting talent and it launched the career of Hollywood film star, Catherine Zeta-Jones in the role of Mariette Larkin. With a whole new cast taking on the iconic characters from Sunday night in The Larkins, here is everything you need to know about how you can watch the episodes from the ITV archive.

How to watch The Darling Buds of May

There will be similarities between The Darling Buds of May and The Larkins, however, writers for the reboot have tried to add their own spin on the storylines.

Both of the first episodes follow the same path, with the taxman Charley Charlton (played by Philip Franks) falling in love with the Larkins’ eldest daughter, Mariette.

Due to the differences, some fans of the original might think there is nothing to beat the classic instalments, which also featured Sir David Jason as Pop Larkin and Pam Ferris as Ma Larkin.

The latter pair are being replaced by Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlon respectively and although they have become household names in recent years, they might not stand up to the original actors who took on the iconic roles.

Therefore, if fans want to delve back into the past and explore the archives, all episodes of The Darling Buds of May are available to stream on the ITVHub.

All nine two-part episodes are accessible, alongside the two festive specials which in between each season on ITV.

Many classic series which first aired on the network are not available on the streaming service as they have made the move over to Britbox.

This has been done if the programme no longer broadcasts on any of the network’s plethora of channels but The Darling Buds of May still airs to this day.

Delving into the archive, the instalments from the 90s are often part of the schedule for ITV3, which broadcasts reruns of many dramas from the years gone by.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the channel was used to showcase classic episodes of weeknight serial dramas Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

I’d maybe watched one ­episode

Bradley Walsh

Fans need not worry they won’t have enough time to catch up on The Darling Buds of May before The Larkins begins as the classic episodes are not going anywhere.

They are also available on Britbox as well as the ITVHub, but viewers will have to pay a subscription fee of £5.99 to watch on this platform.

As it is not on the broadcaster’s streaming service, which creates revenue from advertisements, fans can watch the episodes with no interruption.

They are also accessible in high definition, which will bring a whole new lease of life to the 90s comedy-drama.

This means even though the reboot is beginning on Sunday night, fans won’t necessarily have to watch the classic instalments in a hurry as they have several platforms to watch them on.

They also don’t have to worry about having to watch The Larkins live or at the same time as these new episodes won’t be going anywhere either.

Shortly after the first episode of The Larkins has aired, the hour-long instalments will too be available to watch on the ITVHub.

With how the schedule has panned out for the six-episode reboot, it will conclude on November 14, 2021, before a Christmas special airs later in the year.

Even Bradley, who is taking over the role of Pop, has admitted he didn’t watch all the episodes of the original series.

Speaking in an interview ahead of the show’s release, he said: “I didn’t know the books and I’d maybe watched one ­episode of the show back in the day, so it wasn’t really my area of expertise.

“The way I based Pop is on two people that I know really well. They will be thrilled to know it’s them, but I’m not going to tell them.

“When it’s all over and we’re done and dusted, then I’ll tell them. But if they can’t guess it, they’re not living on the same planet,” he told

The Larkins airs Sundays at 8pm on ITV.

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