Bradley Walsh details beloved Pop Larkin moment cut from Darling Buds of May reboot
The Larkins: Bradley Walsh introduces on-screen family
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Doctor Who star Bradley Walsh is returning to TV drama this week in ITV’s new adaptation of The Darling Buds of May, by H.E. Bates’. The Larkins will premiere the first of six episodes this Sunday, but The Chase host’s portrayal of Kentish farmer Pop Larkin will look a lot different.
Star of The Larkins Bradley Walsh has revealed his portrayal of Pop Larkin will omit some key details from original interpretations of the character.
Pop was most famously portrayed by Only Fools and Horses’ David Jason from 1991-1993 on The Darling Buds of May.
The sitcom star’s stint as the character popularised his catchphrase ‘perfick’, which has since become part of the British lexicon.
However, Walsh confirmed the new series avoided using the iconic mispronunciation too much too soon in the first block of episodes.
He told RadioTimes: “He says it in the books, of course, but it became such an iconic catchphrase in the 90s that we decided not to go back there.
“We used the word once, maybe twice, in the whole series.”
The revival will once again go back to 1950s Kent and explore the rural lives of the Larkins and their six children.
Alongside Bradley Walsh, Thick of It star Joanna Scanlan will portray Ma Larkin, who was previously portrayed by Harry Potter’s Pam Ferris in the 1990s series.
Eldest daughter Mariette will be played by Sabrina Bartlett, with Tok Stephen as accountant, Cedric “Charley” Charlton.
Bates’ 1958 novel was adapted in the same year as The Larkins, which ran for six series.
After so many adaptations of the source material, Walsh admitted he was initially reluctant to sign on as Pop.
“When ITV asked me, I went, ‘Sure – but I think it’s a bit too soon for a revival,’” he admitted to RT.
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“I couldn’t believe Darling Buds was on TV 30 years ago.”
Thankfully, Walsh quickly changed his mind when he realised the talent involved in the new revamp after meeting with ITV’s director of television Kevin Lygo.
He recalled: “When he told me he wanted me to play Pop, and that the series would be written by Simon Nye, I said yes straight away.”
The 2021 series has also received a blessing from H.E. Bates’ estate to reinterpret the author’s original material.
Walsh revealed: “Later, I got a lovely email from Richard Bates, H.E. Bates’s son, saying the family were really looking forward to the show.”
The Larkins is already off to a strong start, as ITV have confirmed the first six episodes will be followed by a Christmas special later this year.
Meanwhile, Bradley Walsh won’t be reprising his role as Graham in the next series of Doctor Who, having bowed out in 2021’s New Year’s Special ‘Revolution of the Daleks’.
The Larkins premieres on Sunday, October 10 on ITV.
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