The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993)
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Oh! To Be in England: Part 1 

Mariette gives birth to a boy, John Blenheim, and, when the vicar, Reverend Candy, comes to see about the christening, he persuades the Larkins to have all their children baptised. Primrose... See full summary »


David Giles


H.E. Bates (novels), Richard Harris (adaptation)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Jason ... Pop Larkin
Pam Ferris ... Ma Larkin
Philip Franks Philip Franks ... Charley
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Mariette (as Catherine Zeta Jones)
Phillada Sewell Phillada Sewell ... Mrs. Meredith
Robert Lang ... Captain Broadbent
Kika Mirylees ... Angela Snow
Tyler Butterworth ... Reverend Candy
Jack Chissick ... Russell
David Battley ... Norman
Alan Ford ... Danvers
Norman Mills Norman Mills ... Auctioneer
Ian Tucker Ian Tucker ... Montgomery
Abigail Rokison Abigail Rokison ... Primrose
Christina Giles Christina Giles ... Petunia


Mariette gives birth to a boy, John Blenheim, and, when the vicar, Reverend Candy, comes to see about the christening, he persuades the Larkins to have all their children baptised. Primrose takes an immediate shine to the young parson. Pop buys some jumble from elderly Mrs. Meredith and comes up against her nephew, Captain Broadbent, who accuses Pop of swindling his aunt when, in fact, Broadbent is the swindler, anxious to get his hands on his aunt's antique vase. Pop plays him at his own game, making him pay over the odds for the vase and giving Mrs. Meredith the takings but Charley is less successful with his venture into scrap-dealing. Written by don @ minifie-1

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26 January 1992 (UK) See more »

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Baby Oscar's full name is Oscar Columbus Septimus Dupont Larkin. See more »

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no! to the replacement Primrose

Abigail Rokison replaces Julie as Primrose, and doesn't even nearly come half up the mast. No, she falls flat. Hey, what's the big deal about Catherine Zeta Jones? She is the weak link in the set-up, can't anybody else see Mariette looks kinda stuck-up and even cold? The one I was cheering for, was the sultry little youngster awakening into young maidenhood, the original Primrose, but unfortunately, to hammer the first nail into the coffin of this series, the lovely little Julie had some commitments elsewhere...? And Primrose took a leave of absence to go 'au pair' in Paris, only to return as another actress.

The second nail hammered into the coffin is that, as mentioned already, there is a continued stark realization that Catherine Zeta Jones is just going through some basic motions and is generally blah! not living up to her hullabaloo at all, not in the slightest. Before you dismiss me (because I am surely standing up against a thundercloud) look at CZJ again, she seems forever distant, aloof, cool, not into it. This is The Raven speaking, I am generally very, very forgiving, but I detect vibes, no good ones.

If there is a person who is "just perfick" it is David Jason. I do not frequently comment on actors, but this guy is worth gold to the series. So is Pam Ferrer. BUT... BUT... BUT... this was something I originally saw just the first bit of, the first three long episodes. And that was enough. For my sake, clearly it should have stopped there. Scarcely did they marry (too soon) there is a pregnancy (way too soon) what were the scriptwriters doing, chasing a train? Oh, I realize it is based on some series of books, but come on! the Charlie & Mariette romance was at the heart of it, and the quick marriage and pregnancy took the magic away all too soon.

Actually, only worthy of a 4, but the 5 is merited because of the charm it has. Thank David Jason for that.

In short, no buzz for forthcoming episodes.

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