The Darling Buds of May (TV series)

The Darling Buds of May is a British comedy drama television series, produced by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network, first broadcast between 7 April 1991 and 4 April 1993. The first six episodes of Series 1 and the first two of Series 2 are adaptations of the 1958 novel of the same name, and three of its four sequels, by H. E. Bates. The remaining episodes are original storylines based on the same format.

The Darling Buds of May
Series titles
StarringDavid Jason
Pam Ferris
Philip Franks
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Theme music composerPip Burley
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Running time50 minutes approx.
Production companiesExcelsior Productions
Yorkshire Television
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV
Picture format4:3
Original release7 April 1991 (1991-04-07) 
4 April 1993 (1993-04-04)

Set in rural 1950s Kent, it follows the life of the Larkin family. It starred David Jason as "Pop" Larkin alongside Pam Ferris as "Ma" Larkin, with Catherine Zeta-Jones playing their eldest daughter Mariette, who marries tax inspector Cedric "Charley" Charlton, played by Philip Franks. A ratings success, it was Zeta-Jones's breakout role.

Featuring a total of 20 episodes, it was broadcast as three series of six double-episode story lines in the spring of 1991, 1992 and 1993, plus two single-episode Christmas specials aired in 1991 and 1992.

The title is from the third line of Shakespeare's sonnet 18.

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