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Bradley Walsh reveals he nearly got ‘crushed’ on The Larkins set

The actor experienced some mishaps on set

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Nicky Morris
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The Larkins starts on ITV tonight and will see Bradley Walsh star in an adaptation of The Darling Buds of May as patriarch Pop Larkin. Set in the 1950s, the series follows the titular family on their farm in the Kent countryside, living an idyllic life full of love and laughter. 

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While the ITV comedy drama is meant to be a comforting and relaxing watch, filming the show wasn’t always so plain sailing according to Bradley. Speaking to, Bradley revealed the slight troubles he faced on set: "It's a proper working farm, by the way.

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"So we are down there and the farmers are there doing all their stuff as well and it's a brilliant atmosphere, I've got to say. For someone who gets hay fever, though, it's a bit tricky, I've got to be honest.

"I'm taking three or four loratadine a day. And I nearly got crushed by a pig, by the way, thanks to Andy [De Emmony].

"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."

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Although Bradley may have experienced mild mishaps on set, he hopes that viewers will learn a lot from the Larkins. He told "It’s great to see a family actually getting on, as we seem to see a lot of miserable families on TV these days! 

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"This is absolutely the right thing at the moment. We could learn an awful lot from the Larkins!"

Alongside Bradley stars Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It) as the Larkin matriarch Ma and Sabrina Bartlett (Bridgerton) as their daughter Marietta.

The show will also see Tok Stephen (Grantchester) play the role of Marietta’s love interest and visiting accountant, Cedric 'Charley' Charlton, with Bradley’s real life son Barney Walsh appearing as village policeman PC Harness. The six-part series is a new take on the novel by H.E. Bates and is being revived by The Durrells and Men Behaving Badly writer, Simon Nye. 

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