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Despite its season finale back in 1964, the acclaimed comedy-drama made its exciting comeback to ITV with an all-new remake. Star Mariette Larkin (played by Sabrina Bartlett) made a surprising admission and confessed she never watched the original series.

The 2021 remake is the latest adaptation of HE Bates’ Darling Buds of May novels, which were first published in 1958.

Alongside TV presenter Bradley Walsh, Sabrina stars in The Larkins as Mariette as the oldest child in the Larkins family.

The 30-year-old actress revealed she understood the significance of her role before surprisingly admitting she had never watched an episode of the original.

After her confession, she disclosed: “It was something that I’d heard of but in auditioning for the part I didn’t look at the series, didn’t look at any photos, I just wanted my own interpretation of the character in terms of how she came across.

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In the original series, Catherine Zeta-Jones starred as Mariette and the role propelled her into stardom and Hollywood.

Although she predominantly works in theatre, Catherine featured in high profile films in The Mask of Zorro and won an Oscar for her role in Chicago as Velma Kelly.

However, this wasn’t the case for Sabrina who had already made her TV career long before being cast as Marriette.

The actress is also well known for her roles in Poldark, Game of Thrones and most notably as Siena Rosso in Netflix’s Bridgerton.

The actress added: “At some point, I’d love to go back and revisit that but I found it really useful to have someone else’s character in my head while we were on set and rehearsing.”

Elsewhere Bradley who plays patriarch Pop Larkins and became David Jason’s successor shared he watched very little of the original but didn’t rewatch it in preparation for his role.

However, it was for good measure: “I didn’t rewatch the original, I’d either end up stealing from it or thinking we could do far better.

Speaking on the differences between the two adaptations he said: “Modern viewers are different from viewers even 30 years ago so there’s more plot, we’ve widened it to show the social context of the village and added some characters.

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“We’ve covered the first book in these episodes, so we’ve taken that world and added to it.”

He continued: “It’s modern in the sense that it moves on much more quickly than it did 30 years ago and we’ve brought in some lovely character actors.”

The latest adaptation of The Larkins is set in 1950s Kent and follows the life of Pop, his wife Ma Larkin (Joanna Scanlan) and their six children.

Leading their children is Mariette as the oldest and although she is known to attract a whole host of men, all she dreams of is visiting Paris.

Speaking on her character, Sabrina previously said: ”I think we encounter Mariette at a very interesting point in her life, she’s so hungry to discover herself and to see what else is out there and to meet new people.”

While many elements were kept the same Sabrina opened up about a few of the changes made to her character.

She explained The Larkin writers, Simon Nye and Abigail Wilson wanted Mariette’s mindset to be the main difference in this adaptation.

The actress said: “We had lots of conversations about Mariette and what we wanted the audience to feel about her.

“She knows where she’s going and she’s definitely got a mind of her own,” she revealed.

The Larkins continues Sundays at 8pm on ITV.

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