The Larkins introduce themselves ahead of series launch

The ITV comedy drama series airs from Sunday October 10.

The cast of The Larkins introduce themselves in a teaser video for the ITV drama.

The Darling Buds Of May is making a TV comeback – this time as The Larkins.

Bradley Walsh stars as patriarch Pop Larkin and the short video sees him presenting his large family to viewers for the first time.

He says: “Larkin by name, Larkin by nature. Farmer, entrepreneur and bon viveur. Too fancy?”

The family includes Joanna Scanlan as his wife Ma, their five daughters and a son.

Walsh finishes the video by delivering Pop’s catchphrase of “Perfick!”.

HE Bates’ novel The Darling Buds Of May was last adapted 30 years ago, and became a hit, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The Larkins has been penned by screenwriter Simon Nye, known for The Durrells, Men Behaving Badly and Finding Alice.

Nye said: “The novels are short, hilarious and magical.

“We will be expanding the Larkins’ world a little and can’t wait to immerse ourselves in this glorious countryside idyll.”

Set in the late 1950s, The Larkins is the story of a working-class family led by wheeler-dealer Pop Larkin and his wife Ma, together with their six children.

Walsh said: “I’m thrilled to be asked to be part of this much loved and iconic series of stories.

“The warmth and affection that HE Bates has generated through his books are so uplifting and I cannot wait to be part of the Larkin family. It’ll be a hoot!”

ITV said it hopes to captures “the warmth, optimism and escapism of the Larkin family for a modern generation”.

The broadcaster also confirmed the first episode will air on Sunday October 10 at 8pm.

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