‘The Larkins’ is back: Season 2 release date confirmed

ITV has announced when the The Larkins returns!

The comedy-drama set in 1950s Kent launched last year,

The Larkins is based on the novels by H.E. Bates, previously adapted as The Darling Buds of May, which ran for three seasons in the early 1990s.

ITV’s new interpretation comes from The Durrells creator Simon Nye.

Starring Bradley Walsh (Doctor WhoLaw & Order: UK) and Joanna Scanlan (Notes on a Scandal), the show received mostly positive reviews when it premiered on UK screens in October 2021.

Watch the Season 2 trailer:


A second season began filming in England this spring, with Walsh and Scanlan reprising their roles as Pop and Ma, and most of Season 1’s regulars also returning.

However, Bridgerton actress Sabrina Bartlett sadly won’t be back…

Taking over the part of Mariette Larkin is Joelle Rae, who’s previously appeared in EmmerdaleStarstruck, and Get Even.

We’ve got our first look at the show’s new Mariette here:

Joining The Larkins as a new character is Sanditon actor Maxim Ays, playing the handsome Reverend Candy, who’s set to catch the eye of Primrose Larkin.

Other new cast members include comedian Morgana Robinson as Pinkie, the mother of the Jerebohm family, with Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing) as her husband, Hector Bateman-Harden (Four Weddings and a Funeral) as Pinkie’s son Gilbert, and newcomer Lucy Allix as her daughter Blanche.

Set in the Summer of 1959, the second season of The Larkins will premiere in the UK at 8pm on Sunday 16th October on ITV.

The six new episodes will debut on Sunday evenings until the end of November, and they’ll also be streaming on ITV Hub.

The official synopsis for Season 2 reads: “Pop (Bradley Walsh), Ma (Jo Scanlan) and their many children including Baby Oscar are preparing for another riotous school holidays. Only Mariette (Joelle Rae) is missing, zigzagging across Europe on her honeymoon with Charley (Tok Stephen).

“Primrose (Lydia Paige) is leaving school and planning a career as a journalist. With Ma’s help she lands a job at The Mid Kent Times. She’s also looking for love which comes in the handsome shape of Rev Candy (Maxim Ays), arriving in the parish much to the chagrin of gnarled old Vicar (Peter Davidson) who is determined to exploit his new housemate.

“The other newcomers are Pinkie Jerebohm (Morgana Robinson), her waspish husband (Julian Rhind-Tutt) and their two dreadful children. They are determined to buy crumbling mansion Bluff Court from Pop Larkin but then regret paying such a high price. When Pop won’t give them a refund the Jerebohms vow revenge…First by taking up shooting, increasingly loudly and then, with the help of Alec Norman, by entrapping Pop.

“Other highlights of the series are several tumultuous gatherings of our village regulars including Pop-fanatic Miss Pilchester (Amelia Bulmore) and local VIP Johnny Delamere (Robert Bathurst). They include a barbecue, wheelbarrow race, funfair, and a mass christening in a swimming pool – all held on the Larkins’ sunkissed Kent farm.”

In Season 2’s opening episode, ‘Bad Neighbours’, 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.

Season 2 is expected to premiere for American viewers later this year on Acorn TV, as Season 1 did.

We’ll let you know the US release date when it’s announced!

The Larkins is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.