ITV’s The Larkins Confirm Season 2 Reshuffle As Sabrina Bartlett’s Mariette Replacement Revealed

A shake-up has been announced for ITV’s The Larkins, as the comedy-drama announces its return for season two, but with a new actress set to replace Bridgerton star Sabrina Bartlett, who played the iconic role of Mariette in the first. season. The second installment will air on TV screens later this year, but who will step into Pop and Ma Larkin’s eldest daughter’s shoes?

Joelle Rae, who previously appeared on BBC and Netflix’s Get Even and ITV’s soap opera Emmerdale, will take on the role of Mariette Charlton for the new series of the television adaptation of the HE Bates series of novels by screenwriter Simon Nye. Catherine Zeta-Jones’ career began when she played the same role on the original series Darling Buds of May in the ’90s.

Tok Stephen will return as Mariette’s husband, Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton. ITV has confirmed that filming has begun on all six new episodes and that the cast and crew will once again return to the Kent countryside to film over the summer.



Joelle Rae will take on the role of Mariette Charlton for the new series

There will also be some new faces coming to town, Maxim Ays (Sanditon) joins the cast as Reverend Candy and a new family, the Jerebohms, move into the area and are soon “at war with the Larkins” according to ITV. The mother, Pinkie, will be played by Morgana Robinson with Hector Bateman Harden playing her son Gilbert and Lucy Allix playing her daughter Blanche. The casting of husband and father, Cuthbert, will be announced in due course.

But fear not, The Chase host and former Doctor Who star Bradley Walsh will return alongside BAFTA award-winning actress Joanna Scanlan to reprise their roles as Pop and Ma Larkin, once played by David Jason and Pam Ferris. Rounding out the on-screen family will be Liam Middleton (Montgomery Larkin), Lola Shepelev (Victoria Larkin), Summer Miller (Zinnia Larkin), and Sienna Miller (Petunia Larkin).

Also returning for the new series are Peter Davison (The Vicar), Kriss Dosanjh (Brigadier), Amelia Bullmore (Miss Edith Pilchester), Seeta Indrani (Miss Chand), Robert Bathurst (Johnny Delamere), Francesca Wilson Waterworth (Libby Fothergill), Barney Walsh (PC Harness), Tony Gardner (Alec Norman), and Selina Griffiths (Norma Norman).

Back in February, actress Sabrina Bartlett was rumored to have left the reboot of The Darling Buds of May, with The Daily Mail reporting that it followed a disagreement on set. But her publicist told The Daily Mail it was due to “scheduling clashes”. The first series of The Larkins, including the Christmas special, is available to watch on the ITV Hub.

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