8.4
16 votes
The Darling Buds of May

The Darling Buds of May

ITV 1991

"The Darling Buds of May" paints an idyllic picture of 1950's rural England as seen through the lives of the Larkins, a farm family living in Kent. The show revolves around Pa Larkin (David Jason), a man of a kind and mischievous nature with a penchant for getting into scrapes and talking his way out of them with equal equanimity; and his daughters (including Catherine Zeta-Jones, in the role that launched her career), as they deal with growing up and discovering the joys and sorrows of young love.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Darling Buds of May

The Darling Buds of May - S2E3

#1 - Stranger at the Gates (1)

8.67

Season 2 - Episode 3

Whilst Pop buys the adjacent quarry to stock as a trout farm and Charley considers buying a hop farm to supply the local brewery the main news in the village is the arrival of Pieter, a handsome Dane who endears himself to everyone - except perhaps Charley who is resentful of his wife's enthusiasm - with his willingness to work and his skill as a jack of all trades. Until, that is, Charley inadvertently exposes him as being a German, who pretends to be Danish to field hostility following the war.

The episode was rated from 3 votes.

The Darling Buds of May - S2E4

#2 - Stranger at the Gates (2)

8.67

Season 2 - Episode 4

Whilst the Larkins and John Candy shame some of the villagers into accepting Pieter for himself Charley and Mariette track him down and return him to the farm. They discover that he can stay in England if he marries an English girl and he does have a girlfriend, Eileen, but she feels tied to her selfish, supposedly invalid mother. However the Larkins persuade her to act for herself and she arrives at Home Farm to marry Pieter, now a village hero after rescuing one of the bigot's bullying son from falling in the quarry.

The episode was rated from 3 votes.

The Darling Buds of May - S1E7

#3 - Christmas Is Coming

8.40

Season 1 - Episode 7

The Larkin family plan the quintessential English Christmas, with food, drink and presents galore.

The episode was rated from 5 votes.

The Darling Buds of May - S1E6

#4 - A Breath of French Air (2)

8.33

Season 1 - Episode 6

A jealous Charley gets drunk when Mariette refuses to go on the local miniature railway, preferring to stay on the beach with the admiring local boys. Pop sobers him up and effects a reconciliation. Mariette finally agrees to go on the railway and enjoys it. Angela Snow and her sister Iris, who are also on holiday in the area, organize a first wedding anniversary party for the Charltons.

The episode was rated from 3 votes.

The Darling Buds of May - S2E7

#5 - Le Grand Weekend

8.33

Season 2 - Episode 7

Ma decides she and Pop should have a second honeymoon after she wins a competition prize of a weekend away in Paris.

The episode was rated from 3 votes.

The Darling Buds of May - S3E3
#6 - Cast Not Your Pearls Before Swine (1)
8.33
Season 3 - Episode 3

Pop gets a swimming-pool built and gets into pig-breeding, while Primrose has a new love interest.

The episode was rated from 3 votes.
The Darling Buds of May - S1E5
#7 - A Breath of French Air (1)
8.20
Season 1 - Episode 5

The whole family go on holiday to France, a holiday which gets off to a bad start. However, when the family car is seen to have a crest on it, it is assumed that they are titled nobility. Mademoiselle Dupont, the pension's owner, calls Pop 'Milord' and gives him and Ma her bedroom. Even the grumpy receptionist is respectful. Primrose, the second eldest daughter, falls for local boy Marc-Antoine but Charley is annoyed to see his wife cavorting with skimpily clad Frenh hunks on the beach.

The episode was rated from 5 votes.
The Darling Buds of May - S2E1
#8 - Oh! To Be in England (1)
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 1

Mariette gives birth to a boy, John Blenheim, and, when the vicar, Reverend Candy, comes to see about the christening, he persuades the Larkins to have all their children baptised. Primrose takes an immediate shine to the young parson. Pop buys some jumble from elderly Mrs. Meredith and comes up against her nephew, Captain Broadbent, who accuses Pop of swindling his aunt when, in fact, Broadbent is the swindler, anxious to get his hands on his aunt's antique vase.

The episode was rated from 4 votes.
The Darling Buds of May - S2E2
#9 - Oh! To Be in England (2)
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 2

Pop comes across a fun-fair owned by his friend Fruity Pears, though it is losing money. Fruity tells off two teddy boys for causing trouble and they attack and hospitalize him, also injuring Pop. Mademoiselle Dupont arrives to be a godmother at the christenings and is initially upset to find that Pop is not a lord, but he apologizes and she ends up having an enjoyable stay. Pop buys the fun-fair and installs it in his yard where everyone celebrates after the church service.

The episode was rated from 3 votes.
The Darling Buds of May - S2E5
#10 - A Season of Heavenly Gifts (1)
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 5

When ex-fighter pilot 'Honey' Honeyman crash lands in a field near Home Farm he asks Pop to deliver some boxes to his drinking club, the Ace of Clubs. He says they contain kitchen utensils but he has been smuggling drink over from France. The hop garden is Charley's if he can find the cash but ruthless property developer Marcus Cope tries to bribe him into letting him have it.

The episode was rated from 2 votes.

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