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The Larkins viewers praises ‘fantastic’ Bradley Walsh as their hearts are warmed with nostalgic reboot

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Bradley Walsh as Pop Larkin in The Larkins
Bradley Walsh has received positive reviews of his performance as Pop Larkin (Picture: ITV)

Bradley Walsh had big boots to fill taking on Sir David Jason’s famous role in The Larkins but he’s so far impressed viewers.

The ITV programme is a reboot of its iconic series The Darling Buds of May, which starred Sir David as patriarch Pop Larkin. 

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The Chase host Bradley has stepped into the role for the new reboot, alongside Joanna Scanlan as Ma Larkin. 

Pop is a bit of a wheeler-dealer, but one with a heart of gold who always puts his family first and is life and soul of the party; while Ma is fiercely loyal to her family and local community in the idyllic Garden of England – and will call out any snobbery or bullying she witnesses.

As the first episode aired on Sunday night, viewers flooded Twitter with their reactions to Bradley’s performance. 

One weighed in: ‘Much as I loved Darling Buds of May, I’m loving #TheLarkins. Bradley Walsh is fantastic.’ 

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‘Really enjoying #TheLarkins. I remember #DarlingBudsOfMay and this seems just as good. #BradleyWalsh has made Pa Larkin his own. Perfect cosy Sunday night telly,’ another said. 

Delivering the ultimate compliment, one chimed in: ‘I’m loving this. Such a lovely Sunday evening telly programme. I’m old enough to remember the original and this does it justice and, dare I say it, is better. From one Bradders to another #thelarkins is fab.’

One viewer added: ‘Bradley Walsh is the best all-round entertainer on TV by a country mile.’ 

The Larkins cast including Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan
The Larkins is here to provide wholesome Sunday night entertainment (Picture: ITV/Nicky Johnston/Rex/Shutterstock)
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Others found their hearts were warmed with nostalgia for the original series, with one viewer tweeting: ‘Great the have some sunday feel good tv back just like the original.’ 

‘Didn’t see the first version and am rather enjoying this,’ one admitted. 

Another said: ‘Loving the new series, simply great light hearted tv.’ 

Pleasantly surprised by the reboot, one confessed: ‘#TheLarkins is better than I thought it would be.  Quite enjoyable.’ 

The original Darling Buds of May also turned Catherine Zeta-Jones into a household name with the actress famously starring as Mariette Larkin, who is now being played by Bridgerton’s Sabrina Bartlett. 

The Larkins returns to ITV next Sunday at 8pm.

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MORE : The Larkins: Who starred in the original Darling Buds of May and when was it on?

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