Bradley Walsh plays football in costume on set of Darling Buds of May reboot

Bradley Walsh is hard at work filming the new Darling Buds of May reboot, but he enjoyed a bit of fun on Friday.

The Chase host, who plays Pop Larkin, was still dressed in his costume when he was seen playing football on the set of upcoming series The Larkins in Kent.

He sported a grey tweed blazer, brown shoes and a pair of brown tweed trousers, with a green jumper and a white shirt underneath the jacket.

His brown hair was done in a retro hairstyle as he enjoyed a game with other members of the TV show’s cast.

Bradley, 61, played the game with a retro style brown leather ball, which suggests the match was part of filming.







Bradley Walsh was seen dressed in his retro costume as he played football on the set of The Larkins


Bradley Walsh was seen dressed in his retro costume as he played football on the set of The Larkins
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The TV star gave the ball a header and kicked it around during the scenes.

Bradley plays Sidney ‘Pop’ Larkin, the father of the Larkin family in the reboot.

The Larkins is a remake of The Darling Buds of May, and David Jason originally played the role of Pop.

The series follows the family’s life on a farm in Kent.







Bradley looked like he was having fun


Bradley looked like he was having fun
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The Larkins is a reboot of the Darling Buds of May


The Larkins is a reboot of the Darling Buds of May
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It is set in the late fifties and the original series aired from 1991 to 1993.

Pam Ferris played Florence ‘Ma’ Larkin, Catherine Zeta-Jones starred as Mariette, Pa and Ma’s daughter, and Philip Franks played, Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton, Mariette’s husband.

Both the original and the reboot are based on H. E. Bates’s 1958 novel.

Bradley said he was “thrilled” to be involved in the “much loved and iconic series of stories”.







Bradley plays Pop Larkin in the show


Bradley plays Pop Larkin in the show
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He 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!”

The Thick of It star Joanna Scanlan will play Ma, and Bradley’s son Barney Walsh will play village policeman PC Harness.

Joanna 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?







Bradley got really involved with the game


Bradley got really involved with the game
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Bradley kicking the ball


Bradley kicking the ball
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“It’s going to be an honour to help bring The Larkins to the nation’s devices!”

Lovebirds Charley and Mariette, whose love story dominated the original series, will be played by Tok Stephen and Bridgerton star Sabrina Bartlett in the reboot.

Bradley is probably best known to most as the host on ITV quiz show The Chase, which he has presented since 2009.







The show is expected to air later this year


The show is expected to air later this year
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The Larkins is not his first acting role, as he has previously starred in Coronation Street, Law & Order: UK and Doctor Who, amongst other TV shows.

He has also hosted Blankety Blank, Wheel of Fortune and The Chase spin-off Beat the Chasers.

The Larkins is expected to air on ITV later this year, though a start date is yet to be confirmed.





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