The Chase's Bradley Walsh to star in The Larkins – a new adaptation of The Darling Buds of May

THE Chase's Bradley Walsh is to star in The Larkins – a new adaptation of The Darling Buds of May.

The Sun first revealed the plans last year, with Bradley, 60, replacing Sir David Jason in the role of Pop Larkin.

Confirming the news today, Bradley, who will also serve as an executive producer, said: "I’m thrilled to be asked to be part of this much loved and iconic series of stories.

"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!"

Bradley – who recently left his role on Doctor Who – will be joined by Joanna Scanlan as Ma Larkin, the role played by Pam Ferris in the original series, which aired from 1991 to 1993.

Joanna, 59, added: "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!”

The Larkins is a new television adaptation of H.E. Bates’ novel The Darling Buds of May, written by acclaimed screenwriter Simon Nye.

Simon aims to capture the warmth, optimism and escapism of The Larkin family for a modern generation.

He said: "The novels are short, hilarious and magical. We will be expanding the Larkins’ world a little and can’t wait to immerse ourselves in this glorious countryside idyll.”

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. 

Fiercely loyal to each other and their community, each Larkin family member has a strong work ethic, alongside a disinterest in authority.  

The original series of The Darling Buds of May also starred Catherine Zeta Jones and Philip Franks.

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