The Larkins Series 1 & Christmas Special (2021)

Family photo of the The Larkins stood in front of their house, smiling and wearing coats and scarves. Pop Larkin (Bradley Walsh) wears a red Santa hat.

The Larkins © ITV Plc / Objective Fiction / Genial Productions
Pictured: Montgomery Larkin (Liam Middleton), Mariette (Sabrina Bartlett), Pop Larkin (Bradley Walsh), Ma Larkin (Joanna Scanlan) and Primrose Larkin (Lydia Page). Front row: Petunia Larkin (Rosie Coleman), Victoria Larkin (Lola Shepelev) and Zinnia Larkin (Davina Coleman) © Objective Fiction / Genial Productions

Director: Andy De Emmony
Writer / Creator: Simon Nye, Abigail Wilson
Starring: Bradley Walsh, Joanna Scanlan, Sabrina Bartlett, Tok Stephen, Peter Davidson
Production Company: Objective Fiction, Genial Productions
Kent Locations Used: Viking Bay and Victoria Gardens in Broadstairs, Eynsford, Faversham, Stonepitts Farm near Sevenoaks and Long Barn in Sundridge, Squerryes Court in Westerham, Walpole Bay Hotel & Museum in Margate, various undisclosed villages and farms in North Kent

ITV’s The Larkins (2021) returns for a ‘perfick’ Christmas special. The show is a brand-new adaptation of beloved HE Bates’ novel The Darling Buds of May. The comedy drama series stars Bradley Walsh (Doctor Who, Law & Order: UK, Coronation Street) as Pop Larkin, Joanna Scanlan (After Love (2021), StardustGetting On) as Ma Larkin, Peter Davison (Call the Midwife (2020), Doctor Who, Gentleman Jack) as The Vicar, Sabrina Bartlett (Bridgerton (2020), Victoria, Game of Thrones) as Mariette Larkin and Tok Stephen as Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton (Silent Witness, Holby City, Grantchester).

Bradley Walsh takes on a role originally played by David Jason (Still Open All Hours, Only Fools and Horses) in The Darling Buds of May (1991 – 1993), a story about the lives of the working class May family. Both the 1990s series and the remake are based on the HE Bates’ novel.

The Christmas special promises to be a tumultuous time for the Larkin clan. With the upcoming village pantomime, Mariette (Sabrina Bartlett) and Charley (Tok Stephen) taking their relationship to the next level, and a spate of burglaries that rock the entire village, rest assured, the Larkins will be on hand to save the day.

The Larkins is written and created by Simon Nye (The Durrells, Finding Alice) and Abigail Wilson (Trollied, Stella) and the series was directed by Andy De Emmony (The Bletchley Circle, The Nest).

Pop and Ma Larkin posing for a photo in front of a brick wall with a pear tree. Bradley Walsh as Pa Larkin wears a tweed suit, blue shirt and yellow tie. Joanna Scanlan as Ma Larkin wears a pink and white floral dress.

The Larkins © ITV Plc / Objective Fiction / Genial Productions
Pictured: Pop Larkin (Bradley Walsh) and Ma Larkin (Joanna Scanlan)

During filming of series 1, as well as the Christmas Special, production filmed in various farms and villages in North Kent for the setting of the family farm and village.

Production also visited Broadstairs to film scenes at Victoria Gardens and the beach at Viking Bay where Ma and Pa Larkin take a paddle in the sea. Faversham town and the Guild Hall feature in scenes with Pa Larkin’s beloved yellow Rolls Royce. Eynsford village features in various scenes including a summer fete. Look out for Eynsford Village Hall, The Castle Hotel, The Five Bells Pub and Eynsford Riverside.

The Larkins enjoy strawberry picking in scenes filmed at Stonepitts Farm near Sevenoaks. Meanwhile Long Barn in Sundridge and Squerryes Court in Westerham were used to shoot countryside scenes.

The Walpole Bay Hotel & Museum in Margate also features in the series, ideally suited with its art deco design. Various undisclosed villages and farms in North Kent also feature in the series picturing The Garden Of England in the idyllic 1950s summer sunshine.

 Broadstairs in East Kent is a picturesque coastal town with several beautiful beaches, restaurants, bars and walking trails which provide visitors with a real Kentish seaside town experience. Victoria Gardens has stunning clifftop views of Viking Bay and Louisa Bay. Broadstairs and Viking Bay has welcomed productions including Breeders Series 2 (2021), Devils (2021) and Hurricane (2018).

Faversham is a beautiful historic market town in the Swale Borough of Kent. The historic town boasts over 500 listed buildings. Previous productions in the town include Bollywood film Jagame Thandhiram (2021), Whitstable Pearl Series 1 (2021) and Hetty Feather Series 1 – 6 (2015 – 2020).

Located on the River Darent, Eynsford has some distinctive features including its viaduct, ford and ancient ruins and is part of the Sevenoaks district. Stonepitts Farm sits at the foot of the North Downs in Seal, near Sevenoaks, with magnificent views over the beautiful Vale of Holmesdale that has been a local landmark for hundreds of years.

Squerryes Court in Westerham is a beautiful 17th century manor house which has been the Warde family home since 1731. It is surrounded by 20 acres of attractive and historic gardens which include a lake, restored parterres and an 18th century dovecote. Westerham is a very busy village on a through road near Sevenoaks. Recent productions to film in the Sevenoaks district include The Cleaner (2021), The First Team (2020) and Great British Railway Journeys Series 11 (2020).

The Walpole Bay Hotel & Museum in Margate was built for discerning guests in 1914 and extended in 1927. The hotel has five floors and 42 bedrooms and a museum space. The décor and layout is versatile to suit many eras and the hotel provides cast and crew accommodation and on road parking in a quiet cul de sac. Margate is a traditional seaside town complete with sandy beach, harbour, amusement park, period housing and modern art gallery Turner Contemporary. Recent productions to film in Margate are Whitstable Pearl Series 1 (2021), Two Weeks to Live (2020) and Pandemonium (2020).

The Larkins began airing on ITV on Sunday 10th October. All episodes are available to stream on ITV Hub.

The Christmas Special is set to air on ITV on Saturday 25th December 2021 at 9pm. 

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map.


Emma (2009)

Romola Garai in a pink dress and bonnet staring towards the ground with a smile in front of bushes with flowers on

Romola Garai © BBC

Director: Jim O’ Hanlon

Writer: Sandy Welch

Starring:Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller, Michael Gambon, Tamsin Greig, Rupert Evans, Robert Bathurst

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Chilham, Squerryes Court, Westerham.

This Autumn Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ will once again grace our screens with a four part adaptation from the BBC. The new series sees Romola Garai (Atonement) starring as the incomparable Emma Woodhouse, with Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) as her father.

Jane Austen describes Emma as ‘handsome, clever and rich’ and confessed that Emma is a heroine which no-one but her will like. Emma is determined not to marry. However, she cannot help but play matchmaker to all her friends, often with disastrous consequences. Will she ever learn to let love run its true course?

film light equipment pointed at a white wall with paintings on. Gold furniture is on the floor underneath.

Behind the Scenes at Squerryes © Squerryes

Behind the Scenes at Squerryes- formal gardens with grass and hedges- a film crew are in the centre on the grass and pathway

Behind the Scenes at Squerryes © Squerryes

Market in front of Chilham Castle with actors walking around the stalls.

Market in front of Chilham Castle © Kent Film Office

Wooden Meat Market Stall in front of a brick house with beams.

Meat Market Stall © Kent Film Office

Squerryes Court in Westerham with its grand Georgian rooms was the perfect location to double as the Woodhouse family home. The country house is located in 20 acres of beautiful grounds which include a spectacular garden and an 18th Century Dovecote.    Squerryes Court has been used for productions such as The Hollow Crown: Henry V (2012) and The Boat That Rocked (2009).

The production also chose the beautiful village of Chilham near Ashford to feature as Highbury. Chilham village retains much of its original features, which makes it perfect for period dramas. During filming the square was closed off and all signs of modern life, from the double yellow lines to the burglar alarms, were gently erased. In its place a vibrant market was installed to capture the essence of village life in Jane Austen’s time.

Chilham village has been used for a variety of filming projects including BBC’s Emma (2009), Channel 4 comedy Chickens (2011) and Miss Marple – The Moving Finger (2005).

The series was shown on BBC One on October 2009 and is now available to buy on DVD.

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map. 


The Gathering Storm (2002)

Two actors staring at each other through an open door frame

The Gathering Storm © HBO Films and BBC Films

Director: Richard Loncraine

Starring: Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Ronnie Barker, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hiddleston

Production Company: HBO Films, BBC Films, Scott Free Productions

Kent Locations: Chartwell, Westerham

The Gathering Storm is a BBC-HBO co-produced film for TV about Winston Churchill in the years leading up to World War II. It’s emphasis is on the relationship between Winston and his wife Clementine, their financial problems and his struggle as an isolated backbench MP when warning Parliament about the coming of a second major war.

Chartwell House - red brick large house surrounded by greenery

Chartwell House © National Trust

Albert Finney (The Bourne Ultimatum, Erin Brockovich) plays Churchill and won a host of awards for his performance including a Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA.

Starring alongside Albert Finney are Vanessa Redgrave (Call the Midwife, Deep Impact), Jim Broadbent (Gangs of New York, Cloud Atlas), Ronnie Barker (Open All Hours, Porridge), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, The Monuments Men) and Tom Hiddleston (Thor, War Horse).

Chartwell was the real life Churchill family home from 1924 until Winston Churchill’s death in 1965 and was therefore chosen by the production to feature in The Gathering Storm as his house and grounds.

Chartwell is a National Trust property in Westerham set in delightful gardens. The rooms remain much as they were when Churchill lived there. Other National Trust locations in Kent which have been used for filming include Scotney Castle which was used for BBC drama Hunted (2012), Knole House featured in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and The White Cliffs of Dover appeared in On a Clear Day (2005).

The Gathering Storm was shown in 2002 and is now available to buy on DVD.

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map. 


The Collector (1965)

Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp) standing in front of some long grass staring into a glass jar he has in his hands

Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp) in The Collector © Columbia Pictures

Directed By: William Wyler

Starring: Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar, Maurice Dallimore

Production Company:  Collector Company, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Kent locations used: Gabriel’s Manor in Edenbridge and Westerham Village

The Collector is a psychological thriller based on the fantasies of Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp). His obsession with collecting beautiful objects begins innocently with butterflies. However, after several years of stalking the woman he loves, Miranda (Samantha Eggar), he decides he must collect her. After locking the pretty art student in an outbuilding on his property, he hopes that in time she will fall in love with him.  Miranda soon realises that there is a chance she may never escape.

a man standing facing Gabriel's Manor in Edenbridge- a tutor style house with lots of chimneys

Gabriels Manor, Edenbridge © Columbia Pictures

Directed by Three time Oscar winner William Wyler (Miss Miniver 1943, The Best Years of Our Lives 1947, Ben Hur 1960) and starring Terence Stamp (Smallville, Wanted), Samantha Eggar (Hercules, Dr Dolittle) , Maurice Dallimore(Johnny Got His Gun).

Westerham makes a brief appearance towards the end of the film when Freddie goes looking for a doctor. Westerham is a pretty Kentish town known for its stately homes, beautiful gardens, monuments and country pubs.  It is located in the Sevenoaks district and easily commutable from London.

Also located in Sevenoaks is Edenbridge, a small town with a largely medieval character. Gabriel’s Manor in Edenbridge was the perfect setting for Freddie’s house with its secluded location, private driveway and outhouse located at the front of the property.

The Collector was first released in 1965 and is now available to buy on DVD.

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