ITV Confirms The Larkins Return For Series 2 After Reboot Marked ‘An Abomination’

The Larkins will return for a second series this fall, after a rocky start to the first season.

The ITV family drama is the latest adaptation of HE Bates’ 1958 novel The darling buds of May.

It stars Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan as a married couple living in rural Kent with their children in the 1950s.

The 2021 series was met with negative reviews, with The IndependentSean O’Grady calls it an “abomination of Brexit TV”.

“It’s the kind of production that new Culture Secretary Nadine ‘Mad Nad’ Dorries would greatly approve of, primarily because it’s precisely the kind of atavistic opioids she churns out in her novels,” he writes.

“It’s a kind of Brexit TV, set in a green, pleasant post-war England that never was and never will be, but for which so many people feel an overwhelming nostalgia (and so much so that ‘they’re ready to vote by the millions for a better yesterday).

Bradley Walsh in ITV’s Literary Adaptation ‘The Larkins’


However, on Tuesday August 2, ITV released its fall slate and announced that The Larkins would return for a second series this fall.

Joelle Rae will join the cast after replacing Sabrina Bartlett as Larkin’s oldest daughter, Mariette.

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