The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993)
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Climb the Greasy Pole: Part 2 

Gypsies get involved in Pop's campaign for rural councillor. Charley and Mariette have to work on their marriage, and finalize the deal to buy Bristow's brewery.


Robert Tronson


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Jason ... Pop Larkin
Pam Ferris ... Ma Larkin
Philip Franks Philip Franks ... Charley
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Mariette (as Catherine Zeta Jones)
Rachel Bell ... Edith Pilchester
Moray Watson ... Brigadier
Michael Jayston ... Ernest Bristow
Steven Brand ... Tom Sargent
Mel Martin ... Freda Battersby
David Haig ... Captain Robert Battersby (as David Haigh)
Rebecca Lacey ... Marion Winters
Carol MacReady ... Mrs. Daws
Colum Convey Colum Convey ... Ambrose
Howard Attfield Howard Attfield ... Fred
Isabelle Amyes Isabelle Amyes ... Diana Parker


Mariette and Charley aren't talking after Mariette saw Miss Winters kiss Charley. Nonetheless, they work on the brewery until exhaustion. Pop and Ma get them to reconcile, and Pop helps them buy the brewery. Pop is still campaigning for the rural district council, and is faced with a new problem - will electors vote for him even though he has allowed gypsies to live on his land? But the gypsies turn out to be more useful than expected. Edith Pilchester is mad with the brigadier when she thinks that Captain Battersby and his wife have managed to bribe him. Written by Pruneau

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Comedy | Drama




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4 April 1993 (UK) See more »

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misty-eyed Catherine

Catherine Zeta Jones wasn't exactly my favorite during the second season, but there's been a marked improvement in the third. Watch her here in the scene where Pop gives her a serious talking-to regarding her marriage, where she is all sad-eyed, and then there is some CZJ magic that lives up to all the fanfare.

Tons of rustic charm, and not much else, but with such charm, even The Raven can sit through all this schmaltz, because really, there is something genuine to it, something really beautiful.

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