The Larkins

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The Larkins
Format Sitcom
Created by Fred Robinson
Starring David Kossoff
Peggy Mount
Shaun O'Riordan
Ruth Trouncer
Ronan O'Casey
Barbara Mitchell
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 40
Production
Producer(s) ATV
Running time 26 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Original airing First run: 19 September 1958 - 15 October 1960
Second run: 9 November 1963 – 22 August 1964

The Larkins is a British television sitcom which was produced by Associated Television and aired on ITV. It aired for four series between 1958 to 1960. An additional two series (with format changes) aired from 1963 to 1964.

Plot[edit]

In the first four series, the series focused on Ada Larkins (Peggy Mount), her hen-pecked husband Alf (David Kossoff), their son Eddie (Shaun O'Riordan), daughter Joyce (Ruth Trouncer) and her ex-GI husband Jeff (Ronan O'Casey). They all live together at 66 Sycamore Street, next door to inquisitive neighbour Hetty Prout (Barbara Mitchell) and her husband, who have a daughter together.

In the final two series, Ada and Alf (their children now living away) have moved from Sycamore Street and run a cafe, with Hetty working there (no mention is made of her husband and daughter). They have a lodger named Major Osbert Rigby-Soames (Hugh Paddick), who always tries to avoid paying his rent.

Episode list[edit]

Unlike many other British sitcoms of the era, all episodes still exist.[1]

Series 1

  • Wide Open House (airdate: 19 September 1958)
  • Gun-In-Law (airdate: 26 September 1958)
  • Catastrophe (aka Cat Happy, airdate 3 October 1958)
  • Angry Young Man (airdate: 10 October 1958)
  • Telly-Ho! (airdate: 17 October 1958)
  • Ale and Farewell (airdate: 24 October 1958)
  • Christmas with the Larkins (airdate: 26 December 1958)

Series 2

  • Strictly Commercial (airdate: 2 February 1959)
  • Teddy for Eddie (airdate: 9 February 1959)
  • Haul for One (airdate: 16 February 1959)
  • Gift Horse Power (airdate: 23 February 1959)
  • Total Welfare (airdate: 2 March 1959)
  • Very Important Parent (airdate: 9 March 1959)

Series 3

  • Home Win (airdate: 8 February 1960
  • All Answers (airdate: 15 February 1960)
  • A Fiddle in Froth (airdate: 22 February 1960)
  • Come Cleaner (airdate: 29 February 1960)
  • Stranger than Friction (airdate: 7 March 1960)
  • Operation Neighbour (airdate: 14 March 1960)

Series 4

  • Unlucky Strike (airdate: 10 September 1960)
  • Little Big Brother (airdate: 17 September 1960)
  • Gambling Fever (airdate: 24 September 1960)
  • Frightful Nightful (airdate: 1 October 1960)
  • Match and Scratch (airdate: 8 October 1960)
  • Well Turned Worm (airdate: 15 October 1960)

Series 5

  • Cafe Ole (airdate: 9 November 1963)
  • Teenage Terror (airdate: 16 November 1963)
  • Darts & Flowers (airdate: 23 November 1963)
  • Help Unwanted (airdate: 30 November 1963)
  • Beatle Drive (airdate: 7 December 1963)
  • Trading Stampede (airdate: 14 December 1963)
  • Strained Relation (airdate: 21 December 1963)
  • Saloon Barred (airdate: 28 December 1963)

Series 6

  • Think Quicker, Vicar (airdate: 11 July 1964)
  • Celebration Blues (airdate: 18 July 1964)
  • Gypsy's Warning (airdate: 25 July 1964)
  • Minders Keepers (airdate: 1 August 1964)
  • Counter Attraction (airdate: 8 August 1964)
  • Dizzy Rich (airdate: 15 August 1964)
  • Country Style (airdate: 22 August 1964)

DVD[edit]

All six series have been released on DVD by Network Distributing.

References[edit]

See also[edit]