ITV is embarking on a new adaptation of H.E. Bates’ novels, titled The Larkins, using the same material that 1990’s The Darling Buds of May was based on.

The Larkins stars Bradley Walsh as Pa Larkin, Joanna Scanlan as Ma Larkin, Sabrina Bartlett as Mariette Larkin, and Tony Gardner as Alec Normal.

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The Larkins filming locations

The new ITV series was primarily filmed in Kent, which is where The Darling Buds of May was also shot.

Executive producer, Sophie Clarke-Jervoise, stated that the cast and crew were very lucky to be able to return to Kent to film the new adaptation.

Filming for the series took place within three, specific villages in Kent: Underriver, Eynsford, and West Peckham.

Surrounded by beautiful hillsides, the crew had to deal with some restrictions while filming in certain locations, however, these setbacks were eventually overcome.

Kent, England

During the filming schedule for The Larkins, the three, aforementioned villages were transformed to look like they came straight out of the 1950s.

It was important for the crew to return to Kent for filming because that was where Bates’ novels were based too and they wanted to stay true to the source material.

Clarke-Jervoise added that other locations were scouted in order to find the perfect locations, however, the production kept on returning to Kent because it suited so well.

Larkin family home

The original family home, belonging to The Larkins in The Darling Buds of May, was filmed at Buss Farm in Pluckley – which has turned the farm into an iconic place to visit since the show aired.

However, the new show did not use this filming location to create The Larkins’ abode once again and is instead shot at an undisclosed location on a farm within Kent.

It is thought that ITV wanted to create some originality between the new show and the previous adaptation, and wanted to serve a different backdrop to viewers to make it stand apart from its predecessor.

The Larkins will premiere on Sunday, October 10 on ITV.

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