Darling Buds Of May, The (ITV 1991-1993 with David Jason and Catherine Zeta Jones)

UK / ITV – Yorkshire – Excelsior / 20×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 7 April 1991 – 4 April 1993 3 Seasons + 2 Specials

Creator/Executive Producer: Richard Bates / Executive Producers: Vernon Lawrence, Philip Burkey / Characters: H.E. Bates / Titles: Paul Peppiate / Theme Music: Pip Burley / Other Music: Barrie Guard / Design: Alan Davies

Period comedy drama series. Stories of the permanently optimistic Larkin family in an ever sunny 1950’s. For a time the show was amazingly popular and made a star out of Catherine Zeta Jones who garnered as much newspaper space as a Royal.

Of the two specials one was a Christmas edition (Christmas is Coming Broadcast 22 Dec 1991) and the other saw the family go on holiday abroad (Le Grand Weekend Broadcast 26 Dec 1992). There was also a short segment that appeared as part of the ITV Telethon broadcast 19 July 1992, this only featured the regular cast.

DAVID JASON as Pop Larkin
PAM FERRIS as Ma Larkin
RACHEL BELL as Edith Pilchester
MORAY WATSON as The Brigadier
CHRISTINA GILES as Petunia Larkin
KIKA MIRYLEES as Angela Snow (seasons 1-2)
KATHERINE GILES as Zinnia Larkin
STEPHANIE RALPH as Victoria Larkin
JULIE DAVIES as Primrose Larkin (season 1)
ABIGAIL ROKISON as Primrose Larkin (seasons 2-3)
IAN TUCKER as Montgomery Larkin (Seasons 1-2)