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The week The Darling Buds of May returned to Kent

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Original article from Kent Live

Nostalgia ran through Kent this week as The Darling Buds of May returned to the county.

The much-loved Kentish comedy originally ran in the early 1990s but is now being rebooted by ITV.

An upcoming series entitled The Larkins will hit screens in the near future.

Read more: Why the Darling Buds remake is being called something completely different

This week cast and crew made a number of stops across Kent to film the show and the county remembered its olden days.

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The original The Darling Buds of May was shot in the rural village of Pluckley with a local farmhouse taking centre stage.

ITV are being more adventurous this time around as they visited Margate, Faversham and Broadstairs in an action-packed week.

Previous scenes had also been filmed in Surrey and London.

KentLive casts an eye over where The Larkins has been filming this week.

Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan on set for The Larkins filming


Faversham was transformed for filming

Faversham was transformed into a set for the TV show this week.

The Kent market town is set to feature in The Larkins after film crew descended on the area.

Faversham was transformed into a 1950s set although, as KentLive reporter Harry Higginson remarked, the town had a naturally retro quality about it anyway.

Retro cars were spotted in the town

Harry wrote: "The fact that Faversham looks a little bit lost in time hasn't eluded us at Kent Live, but going with the context of it being the new set for the antics of Ma and Pop Larkin, it really became clear that Faversham is perfect.

"The town really is a blast from the past – narrow, pedestrianised streets make up the town centre, complete with cobbled roads.

"The streets themselves are narrow, and really look like a post- Second World War village, complete with staples of yesteryear, like a town market, a butcher shop and a florist."

This is a shot of the florists and Bear Inn as prepared for shoots – and aside from being a little tidier, there's almost no difference.

Faversham Town Council shared images of old-fashioned cars being wheeled into the town to add an air of authenticity to the 1950s transformation.

A local florist and The Bear Inn are set to feature in The Larkins as the council also shared a snap of them looking tidy and picture-perfect.

At one point, Bradley Walsh was spotted in the driving seat of a retro yellow car in the town centre.

Bradley is playing the iconic role of Pop Larkin in The Larkins.


The cast includes Bradley Walsh, Joanna Scanlan and Peter Davison

On June 29 film crews had moved through Kent to set up in Margate.

Just as in Faversham, the streets of Margate were transformed for the special occasion.

The set of the popular 1990s British comedy remake was pictured outside the Walpole Bay Hotel on Fifth Avenue.

Film crews and cast members were pictured outside the Walpole Bay Hotel

That same yellow wagon that appeared in Faversham had made its way to Margate and perched outside the hotel.

Extras milled about in costumes from the era and carrying little wooden baskets.

It was again Bradley Walsh who took centre stage as KentLive snapped him arm-in-arm with Joanna Scanlan.

The air date for the six-part ITV series is yet to be confirmed

Joanna, of The Thick of It fame, is playing the role of Ma Larkin in the reboot.


Bradley Walsh tucks into an ice cream between shots

The Darling Buds week ended in a bang at sunny Broadstairs yesterday (July 1).

Bradley, Joanna and the crew were out for all the public to see as they filmed scenes.

The Chase host even found time to munch on an ice cream between takes.

Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan on set for The Larkins filming

Bradley sported Pop Larkin's traditional getup as he gave KentLive a cheeky wink whilst leaning on a traditional phonebox.

Brad joked to our reporter Henry Collier that "Broadstairs is the nicest place within a 1/2 a mile radius".

He admitted to only having visited "the once" but promised he would "definitely" be back.

The ever-charming Bradley spent plenty of time with passers-by keen for photos.

Bradley gives Toby Ott a hug in Broadstairs

In one heart-warming moment, Bradley gave Toby Ott, who suffers from bilateral anophthalmia, a big hug and the two gushed about their love of Doctor Who.

What we know about The Larkins

The full cast of ITV's upcoming The Larkins was announced last month.

Big-hitters Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan had already been confirmed in the roles of Pop and Ma Larkin with Sabrina Bartlett and Tok Stephen playing Mariette and Charley.

Fans of the 1990s British comedy were also teased that Barney Walsh would be starring alongside his dad in the minor role of a village policeman PC Harness.

Doctor Who legend Peter Davison will appear as the vicar.

Alongside the vicar and PC Harness, confirmed characters include the Brigadier and Miss Edith Pilchester – all names which will be familiar to lovers of the original The Darling Buds of May.

Of course, the extended Larkin family will also make appearances with castings for Primrose, Montgomery, Victoria, Zinnia and Petunia announced.

There's also a number of new characters for fans to get used to.

The full cast is as follows:

  • Bradley Walsh – Pop Larkin
  • Joanna Scanlan – Ma Larkin
  • Sabrina Bartlett – Mariette Larkin
  • Tok Stephen – Cedric 'Charley' Charlton
  • Barney Walsh – PC Harness
  • Peter Davison – Vicar
  • Kriss Dosanjh – Brigadier
  • Amelia Bullmore – Miss Edith Pilchester
  • Seeta Indrani – Miss Chand
  • Robert Bathurst – Johnny Delamere
  • Stephen Hagan – Tom Fisher
  • Francesca Waterworth – Libby Fothergill
  • Tony Gardner – Alec Norman
  • Selina Griffiths – Norma Norman

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