The Larkins: Bradley Walsh’s debut sees viewers waiting for The Chase reference

Bradley Walsh: The Larkins was shot 'different' to the original

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The Larkins, an ITV adaptation of The Darling Buds of May, debuted on Sunday and left viewers feeling wholesome and nostalgic. The original adaptation of H. E. Bates’ whimsical stories of English country life in 1950s showed Bradley Walsh debut as character Pop Larkin. However, fans of Bradley’s shared the same joke, as they picked up on humorous typecasting.

Best known for presenting The Chase on ITV, Bradley Walsh has been in a number of soaps and TV dramas from Coronation Street and Doctor Who.

Bradley has yet another title to add to his overflowing and impressive CV, recently making his debut as Pop in the ITV reboot of The Darling Buds of May.

However, Bradley fell victim to humorous typecasting on Sunday night as viewers took to social media to crack the same joke.

Jaymil wrote on Twitter: “Still waiting for Bradley to say let’s meet the Chasers #TheLarkins.”

Scott also added: “Bradley’s a bit too Bradley in this for me, expect to see The Governess stroll along any minute.”

“I just think that Bradley Walsh acts as Bradley Walsh from the chase, I can’t snap out of it,” David also echoed similarly.

Speaking to The Mirror about the new show, Bradley said: “The original Darling Buds was such a success because the country was in the grip of a recession in the 90s when it was shown.

“After the 18 months we’ve all been through, everyone’s going to be falling in love with the Larkins all over again.

“This is a world rooted in family and community and giving and love. The timing couldn’t be better,” he explained.

Joanna Scanlan, who plays Ma Larkin, agreed with Bradley’s statements and said: “I absolutely fell in love with the Larkins.

“They put two fingers up at everything that didn’t count and embraced everything that did, the spirit of the books really appealed to me,” she said.

She went on to say: “Pop and Ma obviously still really fancy each other, it was the poet Phillip Larking who famously said sex wasn’t invented until 1963, but this was the end of the 50s.”

The Larkins was off to a swift start as fans were immediately on board with the new series, however, some felt they weren’t given enough time to learn more about the characters.

Others argued the series seemed to fit all of the storylines from Darling Buds of May into the first episode.

“I’ll stick with #thelarkins, but it’s no match to the original Darling Buds of May & they haven’t quite managed to do what #AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall have done with their reboot, which is just magical (although I note original Tristan is playing a potty-mouthed vicar in this),” Gail expressed.

“Nowhere near as good as the 90’s original! Shouldn’t have bothered! #TheLarkins,” Elton also added.

Sam commented: “Well…I’ve watched 20 minutes of #thelarkins …. that’s enough for me…. absolute rubbish…. back to Netflix and #chesapeakeshores.”

However, some viewers were very impressed with the reboot, with Lucy Goose adding: “Absolutely brilliant #TheLarkins so great to watch and nostalgic, great job to all the actors! This is so needed for a Sunday night.”

“The Larkins is better than I thought it would be. Quite enjoyable, the first episode introduced The Larkins to the village, and it was clear they caused a stir,” Joanna Henry tweeted.

The Larkins airs Sundays at 8pm on ITV. 

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