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Bradley Walsh shows off his footy skills as he has a kickabout on the set of the Darling Buds of May reboot

BRADLEY Walsh had his eye on the ball as he filmed the Darling Buds of May reboot The Larkins.

The actor, dressed in a vintage cardigan and slacks, kicked and headed a heavy duty leather ball on a sunny day in Kent.

Footy fan Brad, 61, has featured in celebrity charity match Soccer Aid before so his ball skills don't come as a major surprise.

And his character Pop Larkin – previously played by Sir David Jason – appears to share that very same passion for the beautiful game.

Last week Bradley's son Barney was announced to be joining him in the period drama.





Barney, 23, is set to take on the role of PC Harness in ITV's new television adaption of the H.E Bates' novel.

The broadcaster confirmed the news following The Sun's exclusive back in May.

An insider said at the time: "Pairing Bradley and Barney adds to the growing anticipation for this reinvention of a show which holds a special place in the hearts of a generation of viewers.”

And it's not the first time the pair have been on screen side-by-side, having already worked together on three series of ITV travel show Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad.


The insider added: "Their adventures gained around five million viewers an episode and producers hope to bring some of that audience to The Larkins."

Bradley and Barney previously appeared together in the 2013 series of thriller Law & Order: UK.

The Larkins will also star Bridgerton’s Sabrina Bartlett, 29, as Mariette Larkin — the role which made Catherine Zeta-Jones famous in the first TV adaptation which aired from 1991 to 1993.

Other cast members announced include former Dr Who star Peter Davison, Corrie's Amelia Bullmore, Kriss Dosanjh, Stephen Hagan, Seeta Indrani, Robert Bathurst, Francesca Waterworth, Tony Gardner and Selina Griffiths (Norma Norman).

Completing the Larkin family on screen will be Lydia Page, Liam Middleton, Lola Shepelev, Davina Coleman and Rosie Coleman.

Previously announced cast include Joanna Scanlan as Ma Larkin and Tok Stephen as Charley Charlton.

For the remake, the channel promises to capture “the warmth, optimism and escapism of the Larkin family for a modern generation”.

The new television adaptation has been written by acclaimed screenwriter Simon Nye.

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