The Darling Buds of May is an English comedy drama television series, produced by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network, first broadcast between 7 April 1991 and 4 April 1993. It is an adaptation of the 1958 novel of the same name, and its sequels, by H. E. Bates.

Set in rural 1950s Kent, it follows the life of the Larkin family. It starred David Jason as "Pop" Larkin alongside Pam Ferris as "Ma" Larkin, with Catherine Zeta-Jones playing their eldest daughter Mariette, who marries tax inspector Cedric "Charley" Charlton, played by Philip Franks. A ratings success, it proved to be Zeta-Jones's breakout role.

Much of the series was filmed in and around the village of Pluckley in Kent; Executive Producer Richard Bates lived just a few miles away. Pluckley and Pluckley Thorne are two close clustered neighbourhoods in the Pluckley civil parish, in the Ashford district of Kent, England. The landscape of the area itself is the edge of a well-drained plain, with the lowest slopes of the Kent Downs to the north-west.

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