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EPISODE 1

In which we meet the Larkin family. (Air Date: Sunday 10th October 2021)

We are introduced to the Larkin Family. Mariette, the eldest child, drops a bombshell and the first newcomer since forever, in the shape of Tom Fisher, has moved into Littlechurch village. A vacancy for the position of Master of Hounds has arisen and there are mini-crises in the shape of a ketchup shortage, Primrose’s experience of first love and Edith Pilchester feeling pressurised into selling her home. Ma demonstrates her kitchen wizardry by turning a ham into a goose and we learn that The Larkins own a TV, Pop carries around wadges of cash (£250 is the equivalent of over £6000 in today’s money!), that the French “take their medicines up their bottoms”, Kent automotive dust comes in several grades (according to Victoria!), that Montgomery is a very talented artist, and that everybody knows everybody else’s business courtesy of a very indiscreet Vicar.

Themes of class divide, family values, rural life and relationships are all touched upon.

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EPISODE 2

In which The Larkins woo Charley the Tax Man (Air Date: Sunday 17th October 2021)
Mariette decides to stay home for the summer and travel to France thereafter, but with of the arrival of Tom Fisher and Charley her head and heart are in conflict!

She takes Charley for a walk in the local countryside but Alec Norman intervenes and it looks like the plan has backfired, with Charley furious that Mariette has tried to influence him with her charms. Meanwhile Montgomery Larkin is fixing up his pram to compete in the Littlechurch pram race. There's a mini crisis in the shape of the candidate to be the 'baby' in the pram. We discover that charley is a bit nervy, that “Primrose loves a bit of goose strangling”, that amongst Vicar's many other vices is that he is also overly-competitive and a cheat to boot, and that “moping never buttered no parsnips

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EPISODE 3

In which Pop and Ma go on holiday (Air Date: Sunday 24th October 2021)
Ma, worried that Pop is working too hard, books a weekend beside the sea in Margate for just the two of them. Back at the Farm, Charley helps Mariette sort out a new (huge and ghastly) TV aerial. Tom Fisher meanwhile makes his move and takes Mariette out on a date.

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EPISODE 4

In which the Larkins rescue the railway station (Air Date: Sunday 31st October 2021)
The village railway station is under threat of imminent closure and a rivalry comes to a head resulting in a catfight in the strawberry fields!

Come back on w/c 25th October for further revelations.

The jollity of the voracious Larkin family is undeniable, bursting with enough warmth to power an entire country village
- James Jackson, The Times
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