The Darling Buds of May was first screened in 1991 and was based on the delightful novels of H.E. Bates. My recollection of it is one of those Sunday evening 'feel good' programmes that make 'perfick' family viewing to wind up the weekend. Starring David Jason, it was pretty well guaranteed to be a success, but the role was different from those that he had previously filled (Only Fools and Horses, Open All Hours, etc) and further demonstrated his diverse acting skills.
My favourite memory from the series was of him eating a cream cake covered in tomato sauce - which I believe David did actually eat! Ably supported by a host of new talent representing Pop Larkin's large family, Philip Franks, Pam Ferris and Catherine Zeta Jones were all names we were due to hear a lot more of.
In particular, Catherine Zeta Jones was set for stardom - how could she fail with a name like that and good looks to match?