Bradley Walsh says playing Pop Larkin will be a “hoot” and it’s a part he’s been chasing for quite some time.
The 60-year-old actor and presenter is set to step into David Jason’s shoes for The Darling Buds of May reboot, The Larkins, with Joanna Scanlan taking the role of Ma opposite him.
The six-part adaptation of H.E. Bates’ series of novellas will air on ITV this autumn – having been delayed a year by the pandemic.
Ahead of filming, The Chase host said: “The warmth and affection that H.E. Bates has generated through his books is so uplifting and I cannot wait to be part of the Larkin family. It’ll be a hoot.”
After his role as Pop Larkin was announced, Walsh said: “I'm thrilled to be asked to be part of this much loved and iconic series of stories."
The drama is set to be screened later in the year on ITV.
Set in the late 1950’s, The Larkins is the story of a working-class family led by the golden-hearted wheeler dealer Pop Larkin and his wife Ma, together with their six children, including the beautiful Mariette.
Joanna Scanlan will take on the role of his wife Ma and she said: "What better comfort could there be from all we have endured this year than the rolling laughter and outsize hugs of Ma and Pop?
"It’s going to be an honour to help bring The Larkins to the nation’s devices!”
ITV bosses said the new series, penned by The Durrells writer Simon Nye and called The Larkins, aimed to capture the “warmth, optimism and escapism of the family for a modern generation”.
Nye said he planned on “expanding the Larkins’ world a little” for the series, last adapted for ITV 30 years ago in a version which also starred Pam Ferris as Ma and Catherine Zeta-Jones as beautiful Mariette, the eldest of their six children.