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Entertainment Sabrina Bartlett rides a horse on set of Darling Buds Of May remake

16:16  16 may  2021
16:16  16 may  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Work has been underway on the highly anticipated remake of classic TV series The Darling Buds Of May for the past several weeks.

And Sabrina Bartlett was spotted getting into character as Mariette Larkin earlier this week, as she shot scenes for ITV's The Larkins in the Croydon area.

The 29-year-old actress, who shot to fame through her role as Siena Rosso on hit Netflix show Bridgerton, looked glam as she galloped around the set on a horse.

Sporting a red-and-pink striped T-shirt and grey jodhpurs with a pair of black boots, the London native smiled broadly as she rode the horse before rolling cameras.

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With her chestnut brown tresses styled in voluminous curls, the screen star highlighted her natural beauty with a light palette of makeup.

She was joined on the set by comedian and actor Bradley Walsh, who is taking on the role of the role of her screen dad Pop Larkin in the upcoming adaptation.

He was pictured in character on set on Friday as he donned a checked shirt, a brown waistcoat and dark grey trousers.

Ensuring he gave his best performance possible, the beloved TV star was seen rehearsing his lines in character in between takes.

The Chase Host, 60, sported the signature sideburns made famous by Sir David Jason, who played Pop Larkin in the original ITV series in the 1990s.

Crew members were seen capturing all of the action on camera as they milled around the set of the show, which is being filmed in the Croydon area.

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In a statement after his role as Pop Larkin was announced, the actor commented: ‘I’m thrilled to be asked to be part of this much loved and iconic series of stories.

'The warmth and affection that HE Bates has generated through his books is so uplifting and I cannot wait to be part of the Larkin family. It’ll be a hoot!'

The new six-part series will be shown on ITV but this time it is called The Larkins and will be penned by The Durrells writer Simon Nye.

Set in the Kent countryside, the family drama follows the lives of The Larkins and their six children as they navigate their idyllic life while dealing with threats from government officials.


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It was announced earlier this month that Bridgerton star Sabrina will play Pop Larkin's daughter Mariette Larkin in the new TV version of HE Bates’ novels.

The role was responsible for launching the career of Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 51, who portrayed Mariette in the original ITV series.

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Speaking to the Radio Times, Sabrina revealed she was ‘really REALLY excited’ to be appearing in the remake.

She said: 'I can’t wait to bring these heart-warming stories to life alongside such a wonderful team. It’s just the perfect dose of escapism we all need right now.'

Also among the cast is Joanna Scanlan, 59, who takes over from Pam Ferris as Pop’s wife Ma Larkin.

Mariette’s love interest Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton is played by Tok Stephen and was previously played by Philip Franks in the original series.

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier this month that Bradley Walsh's son Barney – who already stars alongside his father in their travel show Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad – is joining the cast.

Aspiring screen star Barney, 23, will play a village policeman, according to The Sun.

A source said: 'Their adventures [in Breaking Dad] gained around 5 million viewers an episode, and producers hope to bring some of that audience to The Larkins.

'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.'

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The popular original '90s family drama, which was set in '50s, starred Sir David Jason as Pop Larkin – who lives on a farm in the Kent countryside.

David introduced his catchphrase 'perfick' on the show, that followed him and his wife Ma and their children in all their antics.

Catherine Zeta Jones' fame rose rapidly after appearing on the show, leading to her move to Hollywood, where she met and married screen star Michael Douglas.

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