The Larkins

The Larkins
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
Producer(s) ATV
Running time 26 minutes per episode
Original network ITV
Original release 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 and 1960. An additional two series (with format changes) aired from 1963 to 1964.


In the first four series, the series focused on Ada Larkin (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), her husband Sam (George Roderick), and their daughter Myrtle (Hillary Bamberger), who has an occasional fling with Eddie.

In the final two series, Ada and Alf have an empty nest, move away from Sycamore Street, and run a cafe', employing Hetty (no mention is made of her husband or daughter). They have a lodger named Major Osbert Rigby-Soames (Hugh Paddick), who always tries to avoid paying his rent.


Comic strip

The Larkins was adapted into a gag-a-day comic in 1960 by Dutch comics artist Alfred Mazure, published in the Sunday Graphic. [1]


The series was adapted into a film, Inn For Trouble (1960) by C.M. Pennington-Richards.

Episode list

Unlike many other British sitcoms of the era, all episodes still exist.[2]

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

Series 4

Series 5

Series 6


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


  1. Rich Thomassen, En Maz creëerde Dick Bos. Het verhaal van de baanbrekende strip, Aspekt, 2014, page 281-282.

See also

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