Bradley Walsh outlined retirement plan as stunning net worth revealed

The Chase: Bradley Walsh cracks up during devil question

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ITV’s The Larkins returns for a third episode tonight. The Darling Buds of May reboot stars Bradley Walsh as Pop Larkin, originally played by David Jason, with Sabrina Bartlett as Mariette, filling the boots of Catherine Zeta-Jones. It tells the story of a working-class family living in rural Kent in the Fifties.

More than five million people tuned in for the first episode, while it is unclear what the second episode’s figures are.

Reviews, however, have been mixed. Twitter user @Evans1970Mark wrote it has “nothing on the original” and he had “not laughed once”.

Others disagreed, with @DanBrown_Actor tweeting “another great episode tonight” after last week’s episode.

Mr Walsh stars in the main role as Pop Larkin, adding to an already impressive filmography.

He ventured into TV and comedy after his football career with Barnet and Brentford was brought to a premature end at just 22 by ankle fractures.

Almost 40 years on, Walsh is now 61 and seems to be on our screens every single day.

He has hosted hugely successful quiz show The Chase since 2009, as well as spin-off Beat the Chasers which launched last year.

He launched the series Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad with his son Barney, and has also released two studio albums which reached 10th and 11th in the UK charts.

The presenter revealed earlier this year that his time on our screens will come to an end soon.

After an impressive stint in showbiz, he’s ready to call it a day. He told The Sun in July: “You know what, in a couple of years time I won’t have to do any of it, I’ll be retired and that’ll be it.”

He admitted he has next to no downtime, something he finds difficult.

Mr Walsh explained he crams 242 episodes of The Chase, Celebrity Chase and Beat the Chasers into 86 days of recording.

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But, he added, he can’t simply rest up after that: “So out of 365 days, you’d imagine I have loads of time off.

“But once you’ve got your bedrock of shows set in, that allows you then to go off and do other things.

“I don’t actually have time off. I have meetings, I have personal appearances I have to make and stuff like that with other things I’ve got going on, so it’s quite tricky to juggle it about.”

Accounts from Mr Walsh’s company, Wingit Productions, on Companies House show cash and assets worth £12.3million in 2020, up from £11.5million the previous year.

This indicates an annual income of more than £800,000, making him one of TV’s best paid talents.

Away from the TV screen, father-of-two Mr Walsh shares a property company with his wife Donna, and owns a £2.5m farmhouse in Essex.

Mr Walsh said Liverpool legend Bill Shankly always sticks in his mind when he is working, and drives him on each day.

He said: “I always remember, the great Bill Shankly, who was the manager of Liverpool back in the day, and Huddersfield Town, once said something, and I’ve never forgotten it, ‘Even if you end up sweeping the roads, don’t cheat, sweep them properly’.

“If you’ve been given a job and you’ve signed up to do it, do it, don’t half do it.”

He added: “You’ve got to realise the opportunity when it comes along, but I think that comes from your background, your childhood, your upbringing.”

Mr Walsh grew up on a council estate in Watford, where he said he and his friends had the “most fantastic time”.

After his football career came to an early end, he worked at Pontins before being recruited by ITV and getting his “big break” in the 1993 Royal Variety Performance.

The Larkins airs tonight at 8pm on ITV. It will also be available on ITV Player.

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