Bradley Walsh reveals The Larkins will barely use 'perfik' catchphrase

‘We decided not to go back there’: Bradley Walsh reveals The Larkins will barely use ‘perfik!’ catchphrase in upcoming The Darling Buds Of May remake

Bradley Walsh has revealed The Darling Buds of May remake The Larkins will barely be using the show’s famous ‘Perfik!’ catchphrase.

The phrase was uttered by the original Pop Larkin (David Jason) on the original series but Bradley told how the reboot plans to go in a different direction.

Speaking to Radio Times, he said: ‘He says it in the books, of course, but it became such an iconic catchphrase in the 90s that we decided not to go back there. We used the word once, maybe twice, in the whole series.’ 

Change: Bradley Walsh has revealed The Darling Buds of May remake The Larkins will barely be using the show’s famous ‘Perfik!’ catchphrase

The series is being revived by television writer Simon Nye who decided not to re-watch the original show before penning the remake.

He said: ‘In the 30 years since The Darling Buds of May was shown on TV, we’ve had several dozen Pride and Prejudices and enough Draculas to fill their own channel.

‘But there can’t be many writers who don’t like adapting a modern(ish) classic, especially into a potentially returning series where there is room to breathe.’ 

Bradley recently appeared in a teaser clip for the The Darling Buds of May remake where he sported a waistcoat and sideburns and introduced the rest of his family.

Remake: The phrase was uttered by the original Pop Larkin (David Jason) on the original series but Bradley told how the reboot plans to go in a different direction

He said: ‘Hello everyone, Pop Larkin here. Larkin by name, Larkin by nature, father, entrepreneur and bon viveur. Too fancy? Well, none the less, meet the rest of my family…

Joanna Scanlan who plays Pop’s wife Ma Larkin then appears on the screen to say: ‘I’m Ma Larkin, loving mother and provider, I couldn’t be prouder of my family, and you’ll often find me plucking a goose. 

Wearing a ribbon in her hair and striped shirt, Sabrina – who plays their strong-willed daughter Mariette – then introduces herself, saying: ‘I’m Mariette Larkin and I love my family. 

‘But I’ve got itchy feet, and just to be clear I don’t just sit around and look pretty.’

He said: ‘He says it in the books, of course, but it became such an iconic catchphrase in the 90s that we decided not to go back there’ (The original cast are pictured in 1991)

The family’s other children, twins Zinnia and Petunia, Montgomery, Victoria and Primrose all then feature in the new clip to give a glimpse of their characters.

The Darling Buds of May remake, titled The Larkins, was confirmed last December and ITV have now announced it will premiere Sunday October 10 at 8pm.

The series will tell the story of the working class Larkin family, first brought to life in H.E. Bates’ 1950s novel, for a new generation of fans who missed out on the nineties classic, which gave Hollywood star Catherine Zeta Jones her acting breakthrough.

Bridgerton actress Sabrina Bartlett reprises the Oscar-winning Welsh actress’s role of Mariette, Bradley’s on-screen daughter Mariette, while The Thick of It’s Joanna Scanlan will play the Larkin matriarch wife, Ma.

Revival: The series is being revived by television writer Simon Nye who decided not to re-watch the original show before penning the remake

Grantchester’s Tok Stephen has been cast as Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton, and Bradley’s son Barney has also landed a role as a village policeman.

Speaking with MailOnline at a press event ahead of the series, Bradley expressed his excitement over his upcoming role.

He said: ‘When I was asked I said yes immediately. I only watched one episode back in the day but I was still so excited.

‘It was a long time coming with filming being pushed back. The whole show is based around family and after this year that is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.


New role: Bradley has been seen shooting scenes in Faversham, Kent, this summer dressed in period-drama clothing and sporting fluffy sideburns, reminiscent of the kind-hearted wheeler-dealer played by David Jason in the Nineties

‘I hope the viewers really take it to their hearts. I am a family man so it was a joy to film.’

The main focus is the love story between Mariette and village newcomer Charley who arrives in their village to investigate the family’s tax affairs, but is quickly distracted by his feelings for Mariette.

The original series, which ran between 1991-1993, was shot predominantly in Pluckley, Kent, but the remake has so far been shot in London, Surrey, as well as Monday’s scenes in Faversham.

The Larkins starts Sunday 10th October at 8pm on ITV and ITV Hub. 

Interview: Bradley is interviewed in the latest issue of Radio Times 

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