‘The Larkins’ future confirmed: Will there be a second season?

ITV has finally confirmed if The Larkins will be back for more episodes.

Set in 1950s Kent, a six-part first season of the comedy-drama aired last year, based on the novels by H.E. Bates.

Bates’ books were previously adapted in the classic Darling Buds of May series, which ran for three seasons in the early 1990s.

ITV’s new interpretation was written by 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.

Following its debut on on ITV, The Larkins was made available to watch in the US on Acorn TV earlier this year.

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Despite solid ratings and a good reception from viewers, it had all gone very quiet on the renewal front since the festive special aired at Christmas.

We’re not going to lie, our gut instinct told us that a second season wasn’t looking likely, but we’re very happy to find out that we were wrong!

Production recently began in England on six brand new episodes, with Andy De Emmony (The Nest) directing.

Walsh and Scanlan will be back as Pop and Ma, with most of Season 1’s regulars also returning.

They’ll be joined in the second season by several new cast members, including comedian Morgana Robinson as Pinkie, the mother of a new family.

We’re told that the Jerebohm family will soon be at war with the Larkins following their arrival in the village!

Playing Pinkie’s son Gilbert is Hector Bateman-Harden (Four Weddings and a Funeral), with newcomer Lucy Allix playing daughter Blanche.

Sanditon fans will also recognise another new face in the village, with Maxim Ays playing the handsome Reverend Candy.

His character looks to immediately be setting hearts aflutter, catching the eye of Primrose Larkin.

One cast member from Season 1 who sadly won’t be back is Bridgerton actress Sabrina Bartlett.

It’s understood that scheduling conflicts during the planned filming period are the reason behind Bartlett’s exit from The Larkins.

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

Tok Stephen (Grantchester) will be back as Mariette’s love interest Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton though.

Also reprising their roles from the first season are Peter Davison as the Vicar, Kriss Dosanjh as the Brigadier, Amelia Bullmore as Miss Edith Pilchester, Seeta Indrani as Miss Chand, Robert Bathurst as Johnny Delamere, Francesca Wilson Waterworth as Libby Fothergill, Barney Walsh as PC Harness, Tony Gardner as Alec Norman, and Selina Griffiths as Norma Norman.

Season 2 is expected to premiere on ITV in the UK and on Acorn TV in the US later this year.

The Larkins is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.