‘The Larkins’ Season 2 Episode 1 recap: What happened in ‘Bad Neighbours’?

The Larkins is back for a second season!

ITV’s hit comedy-drama is based on the novels by H.E. Bates, with scripts by The Durrells creator Simon Nye.

The books were previously adapted as The Darling Buds of May, which ran for three seasons in the early 1990s.

The Larkins follows the golden-hearted wheeler dealer Pop Larkin and his wife Ma, together with their six children, including the beautiful Mariette, as they bask in their idyllic and beautiful patch of paradise in Kent in the late 1950’s.

Starring Bradley Walsh (Doctor WhoLaw & Order: UK) and Joanna Scanlan (Notes on a Scandal) as Pop and Ma, the show launched last autumn.

Watch the trailer:


The Larkins now returns with six brand new episodes, set in the summer of 1959.

Season 2 is expected to arrive later this year for American viewers on Acorn TV.

Here’s a plot recap for the first episode of Season 2, ‘Bad Neighbours’, which premiered on ITV at 8pm on Sunday 16th October 2022:

Pop Larkin hustles himself an offer he can’t refuse from Pinkie and Mr Jerebohm for the huge crumbling mansion next door. It’s a lucrative deal and there’s enough profit to start building a swimming pool.

Ma and Pop struggle to warm to their new neighbours after a hilariously dire dinner party at the big house.

And despite the Larkins’ typically upbeat efforts, it goes downhill from there, as the Jerebohms reach for their guns, are humiliated by Pop, and declare war.

Primrose is about to leave school and is set on a career as a journalist. She’s also falling in love with the Rev Candy, newly arrived and locking horns with the tricky old Vicar.

Primrose fearlessly asks the heavenly Reverend out and is shocked when he turns her down, but she’s not giving up.

The Larkins is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.