The Larkins star Bradley Walsh on how health impacted tough Pop scene

The Larkins reboot with Bradley Walsh begins on ITV

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Host of The Chase and former Doctor Who companion, Bradley Walsh, 61, stars as Larkin patriarch Pop in the brand new revamp of The Darling Buds of May. Although Walsh and the cast were thrilled to shoot on a working farm for the ITV drama, some scenes were tough on the TV star’s health. 

Walsh and his co-stars Joanna Scanlan and Sabrina Bartlett shot their scenes on a number of working farms, including Romshed Farm near Sevenoaks standing in for the Larkins’ home. 

While the cast were keen to get their hands dirty, Walsh had a hard time keeping up with certain tasks.

“It’s a proper working farm!” the star explained after the first episode on Sunday.

“I get to drive a 1933 Rolls-Royce, a Ferguson 365 tractor, brilliant.”

He recalled: “I actually got to plough the field! It’s a bit tough for someone with hay fever though.”

Filming took place across the south east of England throughout spring this year. 

The star may have struggled with the high pollen count, but his turn as Pop Larkin has been acclaimed as a career highlight. 

Unfortunately, Walsh’s allergies weren’t the only challenge facing the cast on The Larkins’ farmyard set.

“I nearly got crushed by Bessy the pig,” he revealed, recounting a hilarious scene in Pop and Ma’s bedroom.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he explained: “ I nearly got crushed by a pig, by the way, thanks to Andy [De Emmony, director].

“He made me get in the pigpen and with Bessy the pig. But it’s fantastic, when you’re sat there riding the horses, it’s unbelievable.”

Walsh also revealed his hay fever wasn’t the only problem he had filming in the sunny conditions needed for the idyllic country drama.

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He recently told the Radio Times: “I got to drive old trucks and tractors, and I loved every second. Everyone had a really good time. 

“The only problem was that it was boiling hot, and I was wearing tweed trousers and a heavy cotton shirt.

“All bought clothes from the 1950s, in blazing sunshine.”

Britons may have been enjoying the early heatwave, but The Larkins’ period-accurate costumes certainly weren’t appropriate for this year’s weather.

Thankfully, Walsh may not have the same problem next time he dons the Larkin tweed as ITV have confirmed a Christmas special is coming to screens over the holidays. 

Although the series has been divisive, the cast will get at least one more chance to return to country life. 

The upcoming special will air on Boxing Day, and is hoped to be the start of a second season. 

However, it has yet to be announced whether The Larkins will continue into 2022.

The Larkins series 1 continues Sunday, October 17 on ITV.


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