The Darling Buds of May

The Darling Buds of May

 The Darling Buds of May   ( Rolls-Royce 20 Park Ward Landaulette )   1926

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The Darling Buds of May is a British comedy drama first broadcast between 7 April 1991 and 4 April 1993. It is an adaptation of H. E. Bates’ novel The Darling Buds of May, published in 1958, and its sequels.

It was produced by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network. It is set in an idyllic rural 1950s Kent, among a large, boisterous family, the Larkins. Yorkshire TV called it a drama but audiences and critics have generally considered it a comedy.

‘The darling buds of May’ is from Shakespeare’s sonnet 18: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May. | And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

[repeated line]
Sidney Charles ‘Pop’ Larkin: Sounds perfick.

[repeated line]
Sidney Charles ‘Pop’ Larkin: This calls for a cocktail!

The Rolls-Royce Twenty built between 1922 and 1929 was Rolls-Royce’s ‘small car’ for the 1920s and was produced alongside the 40/50 Silver Ghost and Phantom. It was intended to appeal to owner drivers but many were sold to customers with chauffeurs.

The key characters in the show, based on Bates’ first novel, are Sidney Charles ‘Pop’ Larkin (David Jason), Florence ‘Ma’ Larkin (Pam Ferris), who are unmarried, their eldest daughter Mariette and tax collector Cedric Charlton (Philip Franks), who is renamed Charley by the Larkins. Charley arrives at the beginning of the first episode to get Pop Larkin to fill in his tax forms. He is distracted when he falls in love with Mariette Larkin at first sight, and the Larkins distract him further by attempting to teach him to play crib and getting him drunk. In spite of a hangover, the next day, he becomes captivated by the idyllic country life led by the Larkins, and ends up a member of the family.

In the books upon which the TV-series is based, Ma and Pa Larkin had another child after Oscar; a girl called Phyllida.

The TV series was filmed at Pluckley, Kent and nearby locations.The farm used known as Buss Farm and more recently ‘Darling Buds Farm’ hosts an annual car classic car show. Little filming was done inside the farmhouse, the interiors having been shot in a studio but visitors are able to see all the external locations used around the grounds during that day. Scenes shot in the former Wennington School in Yorkshire were included.

David Jason received two awards at the British Television Awards. He got the awards for ‘Britain’s Best Actor’ and ‘Britain’s Best Comedy Actor’.

QUIZ

Who is the famous actress who plays Mariette ,Larkins daughter ?

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David Jason plays Pop Larkin in the darling buds of May. Which of these did he Not Appear in ?







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