Bradley Walsh explains why a cherished Pop Larkin scene from the Darling Buds of May revival was deleted.
In the current version of H.E. Bates’ novel, The Darling Buds of May, BRADLEY WALSH has stated that Pop Larkin would not be utilizing his renowned catchphrase as frequently.
Bradley Walsh, star of Doctor Who, is set to return to TV drama this week in ITV’s new production of H.E. Bates’ The Darling Buds of May. The first of six episodes of The Larkins will air on Sunday, but The Chase host’s portrayal of Kentish farmer Pop Larkin will be very different.
The Larkins’ Star Bradley Walsh has said that his portrayal of Pop Larkin will leave out some essential facts from the character’s original interpretations.
From 1991 until 1993, David Jason of Only Fools and Horses portrayed Pop on The Darling Buds of May.
The sitcom star’s portrayal of the character made his catchphrase “perfick” popular, and it has since become part of the British language.
However, Walsh stated that in the first block of episodes, the new series avoided employing the trademark mispronunciation too often too fast.
“Of course, he says that in the novels, but it became such an iconic catchphrase in the 1990s that we chose not to go back there,” he told RadioTimes.
“In the entire series, we only used the word once, maybe twice.”
The revival will return to Kent in the 1950s to investigate the lives of the Larkins and their six children in the countryside.
Along with Bradley Walsh, Joanna Scanlan (Thick of It) will play Ma Larkin, who was formerly played by Pam Ferris (Harry Potter) in the 1990s series.
Sabrina Bartlett will portray Mariette, the eldest daughter, while Tok Stephen will play Cedric “Charley” Charlton, the accountant.
The Larkins, a six-series adaptation of Bates’ 1958 novel, was released the same year.
Walsh acknowledged that he was initially hesitant to go on as Pop after so many adaptations of the source material.
“When ITV approached me, I said, ‘Sure – but I believe it’s a little early for a resurrection,'” he told RT.
“It’s hard for me to imagine Darling Buds was on television 30 years ago.”
Thankfully, Walsh swiftly changed his mind after meeting with ITV’s director of programming Kevin Lygo and learning about the talent engaged in the new makeover.
“I said yes right away when he told me he wanted me to play Pop and that the series will be scripted by Simon Nye,” he recounted.
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