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The Larkins FIRST LOOK trailer sees Mariette the object of MANY a man’s affection


ITV has teased first-look scenes for upcoming Darling Buds Of May reboot The Larkins.

Set to hit screens in October, the show sees the character of Mariette – famously played by Catherine Zeta Jones in the original series and now portrayed by Bridgerton actress Sabrina Bartlett – catch the eye of village newcomer Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton (Tok Stephen).

Charley arrives in the village to investigate the Larkins’ tax affairs, but is soon distracted by the beautiful Mariette, with whom he falls head over heels in love.

The Larkins FIRST LOOK! Trailer sees Catherine Zeta Jones’ Mariette – now played by Sabrina Bartlett [pictured] – the object of MANY a man’s affection in scenes from Darling Buds Of May reboot

However, he quickly discovers that he has a romantic rival in the form of the handsome and mysterious Tom Fisher (Stephen Hagan). Mariette, on the other hand, may have plans of her own, which don’t involve men.

The new teaser portrays the chirpy family, much loved by the villagers, and the wandering eyes of the local men who seem mesmerised by Mariette.  

Ma and Pop Larkin are seen doting over their numerous children, enjoying family dinners, pillow fights and joking about adding more to their brood.

‘It’s love what gets us out of bed in the morning!’ Pop – played by Bradley Walsh – says in the closing scenes of the teaser.

New boy in town: Charley arrives in the village to investigate the Larkins' tax affairs, but is soon distracted by the beautiful Mariette, with whom he falls head over heels in love

New boy in town: Charley arrives in the village to investigate the Larkins’ tax affairs, but is soon distracted by the beautiful Mariette, with whom he falls head over heels in love

Snag: However, he quickly discovers that he has a romantic rival in the form of the handsome and mysterious Tom Fisher (Stephen Hagan). Mariette, on the other hand, may have plans of her own, which don't involve men

Snag: However, he quickly discovers that he has a romantic rival in the form of the handsome and mysterious Tom Fisher (Stephen Hagan). Mariette, on the other hand, may have plans of her own, which don’t involve men

The Chase host, 60, dons sideburns for the role – starring opposite Joanna Scanlan, 59, who plays Ma. 

Bradley, who is taking over the role of the wheeler-dealer which was played by David Jason in the 90s, has been seen filming in Faversham, Kent, in recent weeks.

Arriving on ITV this Autumn is The Larkins, is the much anticipated new television adaption of H.E Bates’ novel The Darling Buds of May. 

This new six-part series is written by screenwriter Simon Nye and aims to capture the warmth, optimism and escapism of The Larkin family for a modern generation.

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 (Bradley) and his wife Ma (Joanna), together with their six children.

New role: The Chase host, 60, looked incredibly similar in his smart suit and sideburns as actor David Jason who played the character in the Nineties

Pictured: Sir David Jason as Pop Larkin in 'The Darling Buds of May' (1992)

New role: The Chase host, 60, looked incredibly similar in his smart suit and sideburns as actor  David Jason (right) who played the character in the Nineties

Fiercely loyal to each other and their community, each Larkin family member has a strong work ethic, alongside a disinterest in authority.  

In the idyllic and beautiful Kent countryside, The Larkins have achieved a small patch of paradise where nothing is wasted and they enjoy life to the full. 

Speaking about taking on the role of Pop Larkin earlier this year, Bradley said: ‘I’m thrilled to be asked to be part of this much loved and iconic series of stories. 

Matriarch: Among the cast is Joanna Scanlan, 59, who takes over from Pam Ferris as Pop’s wife Ma Larkin

Original: Pam Ferris as Ma Larkin pictured in 1992

Matriarch: Among the cast is Joanna Scanlan, 59, (left) who takes over from Pam Ferris (right) as Pop’s wife Ma Larkin

‘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.’

ITV also confirmed several other new shows coming to its Autumn schedule on Thursday, including drama Stephen. This is a three part sequel to The Murder of Stephen Lawrence and stars Hugh Quarshie, Sharlene Whyte and Steve Coogan.

The series portrays events from 2006, thirteen years after Stephen’s death on the evening of 22 April 1993, from a racially motivated attack whilst waiting for a bus in Well Hall Road, Eltham.

Lookalike: Sabrina Bartlett (pictured) has been cast as Mariette in the ITV remake of The Darling Buds of May

Career: The same role which catapulted Catherine Zeta Jones to stardom (pictured in 1991)

Lookalike: Sabrina Bartlett (left) has been cast as Mariette in the ITV remake of The Darling Buds of May – the same role which catapulted Catherine Zeta Jones (right) to stardom

A vision: The role was responsible for launching the career of Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, now 51, who portrayed Mariette in the original ITV series (pictured in 1991)

A vision: The role was responsible for launching the career of Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, now 51, who portrayed Mariette in the original ITV series (pictured in 1991)

Elsewhere, Martin Clunes returns in Manhunt where he reprises his role as the former London Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton. 

This new four-part drama, is the real-life story of the police pursuit of a notorious burglar and rapist, whose 17 year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people in South East London living in fear and is based on the diaries of Colin Sutton. 

Homeland writer and executive producer Patrick Harbinson has adapted The Tower for ITV. Starring Gemma Whelan, Emmett. J Scanlan, Tahirah Sharif and Jimmy Akimbola, the series is based on Kate London’s best-selling novel, Post Mortem.

Additionally, Angela Black is a Hitchcockian thriller that follows one woman as she risks everything she holds dear to fight back against the man who has suppressed and tormented her for most of her adult life. 

Original cast: The popular Nineties family drama, which was set in 50s, followed Pop Laarkin, his wife Ma and their children in all their antics (pictured the original cast)

Original cast: The popular Nineties family drama, which was set in 50s, followed Pop Laarkin, his wife Ma and their children in all their antics (pictured the original cast)

Making a return: Philip Franks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Pam Ferris and David Jason starred in the original hit series

Making a return: Philip Franks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Pam Ferris and David Jason starred in the original hit series

It stars Joanne Froggatt, Michiel Huisman and Samuel Adewunmi and is written by BAFTA-nominated and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning producers and screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams.

Line Of Duty’s Anna Maxwell Martin and Rachael Stirling star in Hollington Drive and Ben Aldridge plays the lead in The Long Call alongside Pearl Mackie, Juliet Stevenson and Martin Shaw adapted from Ann Cleeve’s novel of the same title. 

Other new shows including Gary Lineker’s quiz show Sitting On A Fortune and Paul O’Grady has a new series called Paul O’Grady’s Saturday Line Up. 



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