In the early 90s the farm was used as the set for The Darling Buds of May. It was home to Pop Larkin (David Jason), Ma Larkin (Pam Ferris), Mariette (Catherine Zeta Jones) and Charley (Philip Franks). The TV series is credited with launching Catherine Zeta Jones’ acting career. The TV show was based on the books by author H.E. Bates who lived in the nearby village of Little Chart.
At the time the TV show was the most popular show on British TV. Many people fell in love with the simple lifestyle enjoyed by the Larkins set in the 1950s Kent countryside.
The series was produced by Yorkshire TV.
This films shows ITV This Morning on location for their documentary on famous TV locations.
The title “Darling Buds of May” actually comes from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18:
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.