David Jason labels The Larkins ‘not quite as good’ as Darling Buds of May

Sir David Jason couldn't understand why he wasn't asked to be in The Larkins
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Ma Larkin [Joanna Scanlan] and Pop Larkin [Bradley Walsh] in Darling Buds of May reboot, The Larkins
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The 1991 series also set Catherine Zeta-Jones on the path to film stardom as Pop’s daughter, Mariette. Speaking about taking on the role of Pop Larkin last year, Bradley said: “I’m thrilled to be part of this much loved and iconic series of stories.

“The warmth and affection that H.E. Bates has generated through his books is so uplifting and I cannot wait to be part of the Larkin family.”

Ma Larkin is played by Joanna Scanlan and Mariette by Sabrina Bartlett.

Sir David, speaking at the new Cirque du Soleil show Luzia at the Royal Albert Hall, also talked of how he missed his Only Fools co-star Nicholas Lyndhurst, whose only son Archie, 19, died in 2020 of a brain haemorrhage.

David Jason and Catherine Zeta Jones in the original Darling Buds of May
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He said: “That was very, very, very tragic. I have been in touch but he keeps a very low profile. He is a very, very quiet man so I don’t disturb him. But when it happened I reached out. He was grateful.”

Sir David spoke of how the ending of their comedy partnership had left a gap in his life: “I miss working with him. He sent me a very nice note when we finished the series of Only Fools and Horses, which read ‘Don’t worry, I will always be your wing man’, which was very nice.”

And the star said of lockdown: “I have been busy creating documentaries and we are trying to get Channel 5 or Channel 4 interested. If I tell you what it is or what they are somebody out there will go ‘That is a good idea – we will do it first’ and then I am stuffed.”

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