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‘The Larkins is nothing like the original and I didn’t laugh once!’: viewers of The Darling Buds of May remake ‘switch off’ after the second episode after trying the ‘very disappointing’ series again

  • Viewers of The Larkins have called the remake of The Darling Buds of May ‘terrible’
  • ITV fans claimed the reboot ‘has nothing like the original’, which first aired in 1991
  • The remake of HE Bates’ 1950s novel features The Chase presenter Bradley Walsh










Viewers of The Larkins have called the remake of The Darling Buds of May “terrible and very disappointing” after revealing that they had “turned off” the second episode last night.

ITV viewers claimed the reboot “has nothing like the original”, which first aired in 1991 for three series and starred Catherine Zeta-Jones as frisky daughter Mariette and David Jason and Pam Ferris as her parents.

The remake of HE Bates’ 1950s novel features The Chase presenter Bradley Walsh and Bridgerton’s Sabrina Bartlett who steps into the shoes of Pop and Mariette Larkin. In this week’s episode, Larkins from Kent is visited by the taxman.

However, fans were not impressed with the series – some said they would stop watching the show after trying it again yesterday.

Viewers of The Larkins have called the remake of The Darling Buds of May “terrible and very disappointing” after revealing that they had “turned off” the second episode last night. Pictured, Pop Larkin (played by Bradley Walsh)

ITV viewers claimed the reboot

ITV viewers claimed the reboot “has nothing like the original”, which first aired in 1991 for three series and starred Catherine Zeta-Jones as frisky daughter Mariette and David Jason and Pam Ferris as her parents. Pictured, Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton (played by Tok Stephen)

One person wrote: ‘I’ve tried The Larkins again, hoping for better than the first episode, needless to say I won’t be watching it again.’

Another said: ‘Well I thought I’d give it another try but no, it’s still bullshit so I turned it off #TheLarkins.’

A third added: “That’s the second episode of The Larkins and the last for me. I tried, but there’s nothing on the original and I didn’t laugh once.’

A fourth wrote: ‘I have such a weird feeling that there won’t be a second series of this terrible program?’

Response: Some fans were unimpressed with the series and said they would stop watching the show after trying again yesterday

Response: Some fans were unimpressed with the series and said they would stop watching the show after trying again yesterday

From government officials and snobbish second-home owners to aggressive urban developers, the Larkins never take lying threats to their idyllic way of life.

But when Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton (played by Tok Stephen) arrived to inspect their taxes, things looked bleak for the family.

Quickly distracted by the beautiful Mariette, Charley soon discovered that he had a romantic rival in the form of the handsome and mysterious Tom Fisher (Stephen Hagan).

Mariette, who wants to go to France, agreed to stay for the summer and with the arrival of Charley and Tom, her heart seemed to go in all directions.

The remake of HE Bates' 1950s novel includes The Chase presenter Bradley Walsh (pictured right) and Bridgerton's Sabrina Bartlett stepping into the shoes of Pop and Mariette Larkin - this week's episode visits Kent-based Larkins by the tax authorities

The remake of HE Bates’ 1950s novel includes The Chase presenter Bradley Walsh (pictured right) and Bridgerton’s Sabrina Bartlett stepping into the shoes of Pop and Mariette Larkin – this week’s episode visits Kent-based Larkins by the tax authorities

However, it was not all negative reactions for the second episode of the program, with some saying that they

However, it was not all negative reactions for the second episode of the program, with some saying that they “laughed all the way”

“I think we can learn a lot from a family like this,” Bradley Walsh recently told Weekend Magazine.

“I think the pandemic has made people realize how much they miss people in their lives and want to stop running around and spend more time with their families.”

For Joanna Scanlan, in the role of Ma Larkin, who loves nothing more than to feed her brood of six children and everyone in the village, The Larkins reminds us that pleasure doesn’t have to precede the word ‘guilty’.

From government officials and snobbish second-home owners to aggressive urban developers, the Larkins never take lying threats to their idyllic way of life.  Pictured, Mariette Larkin played by Sabrina Bartlett

From government officials and snobbish second-home owners to aggressive urban developers, the Larkins never take lying threats to their idyllic way of life. Pictured, Mariette Larkin played by Sabrina Bartlett

“I hate that wrong sentence because we’re not supposed to spend our lives on a constant treadmill,” she says. “We live in a society that makes it very difficult to feel good about enjoying life.

“The Larkins work hard – one episode shows Pop doesn’t sit still all day – but they also know how to relax.

“They know that fun can be found in good company, a drink and a delicious meal, a few cuddles or just with people you love. They enjoy where they can and I hope the viewers see the importance of that.’

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