The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993)
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The Happiest Days of Your Life: Part 1 

The twins go to boarding school, while Charley starts working for a brewery.


David Giles


H.E. Bates (novels), Paul Wheeler (adaptation)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Jason ... Pop Larkin
Pam Ferris ... Ma Larkin
Tim Wylton Tim Wylton ... Ron Waggit
Joseph Bennett Joseph Bennett ... Tony
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Mariette (as Catherine Zeta Jones)
Philip Franks Philip Franks ... Charley
David Collings ... Mr. Dawlish
Christina Giles Christina Giles ... Petunia
Katherine Giles Katherine Giles ... Zinnia
Stephanie Ralph Stephanie Ralph ... Victoria
Abigail Rokison Abigail Rokison ... Primrose
Michael Jayston ... Ernest Bristow
Rachel Bell ... Edith Pilchester
Tara Dean ... Princess Zaria
Sarah Stocks Sarah Stocks ... Emma


As the twins are disrupting the village school Pop sends them to Brockhurst College, a nearby boarding school, but it is short of cash and in need of repair and the twins run away and come home. The Larkins are having the roof mended and Primrose falls for hunky young builder Tony. Charley gets a job - thanks to Mariette's intervention - as the manager of Bristows, the local brewery to whom they plan to sell their hops. Unfortunately, the brewery, like the school, appears to be in dire financial straits. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama




English | French

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28 February 1993 (UK) See more »

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"Ah, beautiful, passionate body, that never has ached for a heart." Primrose tunes Algernon Charles Swinburn's poetry to her own need. Original words "Ah, beautiful, passionate body, that never has ached with a heart." See more »


Primrose: [observing loving couple Mariette and Charley, then quoting to herself] Ah, beautiful, passionate body, that never has ached for a heart.
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at least, Primrose is back from France

Well, with Primrose back, she might not be the Primrose of choice, but better than no Primrose at all. Catherine Zeta Jones was a whole lot better, too, has to be, it's already Season 3, and she has some reputation to live up to. All in all, another charming episode in a series brimming over with charm. The twins go to boarding school and Primrose has het sights on a new love and Charley does accounting work to make ends meet and, well, doesn't sound like much, and there isn't much, but David Janson, Pop Larkin, has the magic glue that keeps it all together.

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