‘The Durrells’ writer is remaking ‘The Darling Buds of May’

The creator of The Durrells is bringing The Darling Buds of May back to TV.

Based on the novels by H.E. Bates, the much-loved previous adaptation aired between 1991 and 1993.

The comedy-drama series starred David Jason (Only Fools and Horses) as “Pop” Larkin, alongside Pam Ferris as “Ma” Larkin, and a young Catherine Zeta-Jones as their daughter Mariette.

All 20 original episodes are currently available to watch on Amazon Prime. (If you’re not already a member, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here!)

ITV’s new adaptation is reportedly being developed by The Durrells writer Simon Nye.

The remake is expected to air in the 8pm Sunday evening slot on ITV that was previously held by The Durrells.

A source told The Sun: “A revamped version of The Darling Buds of May is just the kind of show ITV needs to keep its reputation for making family-friendly dramas.”

They added: “It brought people together around the TV almost three decades ago, and they’re hoping it will provide the same shared experience once again.”

The Darling Buds of May follows the comedic adventures of the Larkin family on a farm in rural 1950s Kent.

The original cast are not expected to return, although The Sun wrote: “It is not known if David and Catherine will appear, but discussions with high-profile actors are still in progress.”

It has been rumoured that Doctor Who star and The Chase host Bradley Walsh is being lined up to take on the role of Pop Larkin.

The final season of The Durrells aired last year and there’s already talk of a follow-up series set in England.

The complete original The Darling Buds of May series is available on DVD on Amazon.