The Larkins Tom Fisher star addresses viewer complaints ‘Deeply upset’

The Larkins: Stephen Hagan addresses second season possibility

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The Larkins, which is a reboot of The Darling Buds of May, has received criticism from viewers since it first aired in October. The new series stars Bradley Walsh as Pop Larkin, a role previously played by David Jason. Meanwhile, Sabrina Bartlett stars as Mariette, originally played by Catherine Zeta-Jones.

However, fans of the original series, picked flaws within the plot and many even claimed to have “switched off” after being left disappointed by the show.

Most recently, fans spotted a blunder in the fourth episode.

Viewers noticed the seasons changed within the space of one episode, with bluebells blooming and strawberries growing at the same time rather than in spring and summer.

In an interview with Lorraine Kelly, Stephen addressed the backlash the show has received so far.

When asked whether there will be another series, Stephen said: “We don’t know yet, but fingers crossed.

“Everyone has to watch and to keep watching and tell everybody it’s brilliant.”

Addressing the complaints about the bluebells, the actor continued: “And not complain too much about strawberries and bluebells.”

“What was that all about?” Lorraine laughed as the actor replied: “I am not agriculturally-minded which my grandparents would be deeply upset about.”

“I didn’t realise that strawberries and bluebells didn’t come out at the same time,” Stephen admitted.

“And on Sunday’s episode, we were picking strawberries with our tops off and Mariette was lying down in the bluebells.

“Which apparently doesn’t happen at the same time.”

“I don’t care,” Lorraine laughed again, as the Tom Fisher star added: “I’m glad.”

He added: “If you do care that is okay as well. Don’t let it make you angry.

“If you get angry then go outside and play for a little bit.”

“It’s not worth getting angry about,” the host chipped in.

“It’s not a documentary, Lorraine,” he joked. “It will surprise you.”

Speaking about how he prepared for the role, Stephen explained he had to get in good shape for it.

“That was three months of no beer, no Guinness,” the star told Lorraine.

“It has long gone now. I had a wonderful summer after that. It was hard work.

“He is a very cool dude. He is much cooler than me.”

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.

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