ITV has commissioned a six part comedy drama series, The Larkins, starring Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan as the iconic fictional characters, Pop Larkin and his wife Ma.
The Larkins is a new television adaptation of H.E. Bates’ novel The Darling Buds of May,written by acclaimed screenwriter Simon Nye (Finding Alice, The Durrells, Men Behaving Badly) with the aim of capturing the warmth, optimism and escapism of The Larkin family for a modern generation. Abigail Wilson (Trollied, Carters Get Rich, Stella) writes one of the episodes.
Set in the late 1950’s, The Larkins is the story of a working-class family led by the golden-hearted wheeler dealer Pop Larkin and his wife Ma, together with their six children, including the beautiful Mariette.
“I’m thrilled to be asked to be part of this much loved and iconic series of stories. The warmth and affection that H. E Bates has generated through his books is so uplifting and I cannot wait to be part of the Larkin family. It’ll be a hoot!“ Commented Bradley Walsh on his casting as Pop Larkin
“What better comfort could there be from all we have endured this year than the rolling laughter and outsize hugs of Ma and Pop? It’s going to be an honour to help bring The Larkins to the nation’s devices!” Commented Joanna Scanlan on her casting as Ma.
Starring: Bradley Walsh & Joanna Scanlan
Written by: Simon Nye & Abigail Wilson
Director: Andy De Emmony
Producer: Serena Cullen
Executive Producers: Ben Farrell, Charlotte Lewis, Sophie Clarke-Jervoise, Simon Nye, Toby Stevens & Bradley Walsh