‘The Larkins’ Season 2 Episode 3 recap: What happened in ‘Love and Violence’?

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 third episode of Season 2, ‘Love and Violence’, which premiered on ITV at 8pm on Sunday 30th October 2022:

Pop has had a court summons but is in denial about the seriousness of his situation. Ma wises him up, in between playing Cupid by inviting Rev Candy to supper with Primrose.

The romantic dinner a deux goes well and romance seems to be moving in the right direction, but why does he want to keep their love a secret?

Pop finds his old friend Fruity Pears setting up his fairground on the village green.

It’s a bad time for old-school entertainment (too much telly) so Pop determinedly rounds up odd-ball locals. Yet the fair remains empty apart from a few teddy boy thugs causing trouble, until driven off by Edith Pilchester.

Ma is concerned about the court summons she’s found, fearing Pop will end the summer in prison.

The Larkins is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.