Bradley Walsh’s show The Larkins slammed as ‘absolutely awful’ by unimpressed viewers

Bradley Walsh's latest TV venture, The Larkins, has received some mixed reviews from viewers, with some branding it has "absolutely awful".

The Chase presenter Bradley, 61, stars in the ITV comedy drama series alongside Jonanna Scanlan.

The Larkins is a new adaptation of the classic novel of The Darling Buds of May, which was also a TV series starring David Jason in the 1990s, and follows the Larkin family's life in the idyllic Kent countryside.

Five episodes of the series have aired since it was launched last month, but the show has received mixed reviews from viewers on Twitter.

One critic wrote: "#thelarkins I wonder who writes this stuff! and who thought sticking someone under a tree in the woods in 1950s!! pre Beatles Kent with an instrument (Sitar) that virtually nobody would have seen or heard of was a good idea!…..it all looks like it's made up as they go along".

Another added: "#thelarkins didn't think it could get any worse but I'm afraid it is, week by week, script, storylines, authenticity, the lot."

While a third said: "@ITV #thelarkins What rubbish, nothing like Darling Buds of May and nothing like life in Kent in the 50s. Don't bother".

A fourth raged: "This is the worse programme ever not same as original cast. Should have left it where it was #thelarkins."

"Watching #thelarkins Love Bradley Walsh but this is truly awful. The original was of its time and the cast was top quality," another person wrote.

While another viewer shared a member of a Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell saying: "Absolutely awful" as the viewer added: "#TheLarkins Nope, it's still".

But some did enjoy the show as one said: "The Larkins is a proper Sunday night tele programme, Absolutely love it in our house! #thelarkins".

Another remarked the show was "lovely telly escapism" and a third said: "#TheLarkins Lovely Sunday evening telly. What's not to like?"

Despite mixed reviews from viewers, it's been reported by The Sun that ITV are planning to make a second series, which could reportedly be filmed next year if the cast's schedules align.

A source told the publication: "The Larkins has turned out to be the Sunday night hit they hoped it would be.

"The show has got around 4million viewers an episode.

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"But they have been thrilled by the fact it’s been watched by almost an equal number on the ITV Hub.

"Bradley is particularly enthusiastic about a sequel because he’s very much taken ownership of the role of Pop Larkin."

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