The filming locations for The Larkins have been revealed, with a quaint town in Kent among the sights used to shoot the Darling Buds of May remake.
Underriver, three miles south-east of Sevenoaks, was the perfect setting for the family’s home, while East Peckham was home to the church, village shop and green and pub.
The Larkins – now showing on ITV – follows the family life of Pop Larkin (Bradley Walsh), his wife Ma Larkin (Joanna Scanlan) and their daughter Mariette ( Sabrina Bartlett) as they navigate village life.
Peaceful: The filming locations for The Larkins have been revealed, with a quaint town in Kent used to film the Darling Buds of May remake (left is the location for the family home in Underriver and right the same house in the show)
The Durrell’s screenwriter Simon Nye tells the story of the working class family, first brought to life in H.E. Bates’ 1950s novel, for a new generation of fans who missed out on the nineties classic, which gave Hollywood star Catherine Zeta Jones her acting breakthrough.
New aerial shots have revealed the stunning setting for the family’s home nestled in the countryside, complete with farm buildings, vegetable gardens and series of outbuildings.
While the Larkin’s family’s home was set in Underriver the church, church shop, village green and The Swan pub scenes were filmed in East Peckham.
Village life: The church shop in East Peckham features a pretty white washed wall and was used to film some scenes (left in real life and right in the show)
On location: Swan Pub in East Peckham (left) was used to film other scenes in the show (right the background of a shot from the remake shows the same building)
Quaint: Underriver, three miles south-east of Sevenoaks, was the perfect setting for the family’s home, while East Peckham was home to the church (pictured), village shop and green and pub
Pretty: Meanwhile the Horsted Keynes Railway Station in Sussex was also used for other scenes
Stunning: Broadstairs Beach was another filming location for the series which is now showing Sunday nights on ITV
Meanwhile the Horsted Keynes Railway Station in Sussex was also used for other scenes as well as Broadstairs Beach.
In the new series Bridgerton actress Sabrina reprises the Oscar-winning Welsh actress’s role of Mariette, Bradley’s on-screen daughter Mariette, while The Thick of It’s Joanna will play the Larkin matriarch wife, Ma.
Grantchester’s Tok Stephen was cast as Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton, and Bradley’s son Barney also landed a role as a village policeman.
Old: The church in East Peckham (pictured) was used to film Sunday service scenes
Picturesque: New aerial shots have revealed the stunning setting for the family’s home nestled in the countryside
The main focus is the love story between Mariette and village newcomer Charley who arrives in their village to investigate the family’s tax affairs, but is quickly distracted by his feelings for Mariette.
The original series, which ran between 1991-1993, was shot predominantly in Pluckley, Kent, but the remake has so far been shot in London, Surrey, as well as Monday’s scenes in Faversham.
Speaking about taking on the role of Pop Larkin earlier this year, Bradley said: ‘I’m thrilled to be asked to be part of this much loved and iconic series of stories.
Nice views: The Horsted Keynes Railway Station in Sussex was the location for other scenes
Open space: The village green in East Peckham (pictured) provided the backdrop to some outdoor scenes
‘The warmth and affection that H. E Bates has generated through his books is so uplifting and I cannot wait to be part of the Larkin family. It’ll be a hoot.’
Speaking with MailOnline last month at a press event ahead of the series, Bradley expressed his excitement over his upcoming role.
He said: ‘When I was asked I said yes immediately. I only watched one episode back in the day but I was still so excited.
‘It was a long time coming with filming being pushed back. The whole show is based around family and after this year that is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
Plot: The Larkins – now showing on ITV – follows the family life of Pop Larkin (Bradley Walsh), his wife Ma Larkin (Joanna Scanlan) and their daughter Mariette ( Sabrina Bartlett) (the family house is pictured)
Home: The family’s farmhouse is nestled in the trees and countryside and features barn outbuildings
Exciting: The Durrell’s screenwriter Simon Nye tells the story of the working class family, first brought to life in H.E. Bates’ 1950s novel, for a new generation of fans (the village green pictured)
‘I hope the viewers really take it to their hearts. I am a family man so it was a joy to film.’
Elsewhere during the chat Sabrina chatted about her role and the pressures of taking over from Catherine Zeta Jones.
She said: ‘This is very much my own interpretation of Mariette, a modern one. I had never seen the old show when I auditioned and I’m glad. It was useful to have not seen it as I could make it my own and not get too caught up in what she did.’
Speaking about how fun filming was she added: ‘I had a family of eight over night!’
On location: The church, church shop and village green are all located in East Peckham
Pretty village: The Kent hamlet provided the perfect backdrop for the filming to take place
Beautiful: The family farm is set in the middle of fields in Kent
Sabrina also compared the filming process to Bridgerton – where she played opera singer Siena Rosso – saying it was nice to not have to wear a corset on set.
The beauty explained: ‘Bridgerton was such a fixed world. This was so fun to be able to get messy, ride horses and wear wellies everyday. It was a complete joy.
‘Mariette is like a modern day cowboy! She is so empowered and knows her own mind that was so important to me when I was reading the script.’
The Larkins is on ITV, Sundays at 8pm.
Introducing the Larkins: (L-R) Montgomery Larkin (Liam Middleton), Petunia Larkin (Rosie Coleman),Victoria Larkin (Lola Shepelev), Zinnia Larkin (Davina Coleman), Mariette (Sabrina Bartlett), Primrose Larkin (Lydia Page), Charley (Tok Stephen), Pop Larkin (Bradley Walsh) and Ma Larkin (Joanna Scanlan)