Doctor Who star Peter Davison cast as a ‘Gossipy Vicar’ in ITV’s The Darling Buds Of May reboot

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The Darling Buds Of May reboot has added another star to the cast.

Peter Davison – who is perhaps best known as the fifth incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who – will play a ‘gossipy vicar’ in The Larkins, broadcast on ITV, according to The sun

He joins Bridgerton star Sabrina Bartlett, 29, who will play the character Mariette Larkin, a role made famous by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 1990s comedy, opposite Bradley Walsh, 60, and Joanna Scanlan, 59. .

Joining the cast: The Darling Buds Of May reboot has added one more star to the cast - Peter Davison

Joining the cast: The Darling Buds Of May reboot has added one more star to the cast – Peter Davison

A TV source said: ‘Peter’s Pastor will be a colorful character who thrives on local gossip and is more than happy to have a light tidbit with Pop Larkin. [Walsh]

The new drama will feature a variety of recurring characters all living in and around the village.

‘Everyone is overjoyed. Peter is on board. Respected and loved, he is a great addition to the cast. ‘

Mailonline has contacted representatives for ITV and Peter for comment.

Davison, 69, played The Doctor between 1981-1984.

Sabrina, who stars as opera singer Siena Rosso in Bridgerton, shares her enthusiasm for the role, saying in a statement: ‘I’m really excited to be taking on the role of Mariette Larkin in this new adaptation of the HE Bates novels . .

From Doctor to Priest, the actor is perhaps best known as the fifth incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who [pictured] and will portray a 'gossipy vicar' in The Larkins.  Davison, 69, played The Doctor between 1981-1984

From Doctor to Priest, the actor is perhaps best known as the fifth incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who [pictured] and will portray a 'gossipy vicar' in The Larkins.  Davison, 69, played The Doctor between 1981-1984

From Doctor to Priest, the actor is perhaps best known as the fifth incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who [pictured] and will portray a ‘gossipy vicar’ in The Larkins. Davison, 69, played The Doctor between 1981-1984

A TV source said: “Peter's pastor will be a colorful character who thrives on local gossip.  Everyone is delighted.  Peter is on board.  He is well respected and loved and a great addition to the cast '

A TV source said: “Peter's pastor will be a colorful character who thrives on local gossip.  Everyone is delighted.  Peter is on board.  He is well respected and loved and a great addition to the cast '

A TV source said: “Peter’s pastor will be a colorful character who thrives on local gossip. Everyone is delighted. Peter is on board. He is well respected and loved and a great addition to the cast ‘

New role: Bridgerton's Sabrina Bartlett, (left), has been cast as Mariette Larkin in ITV's The Darling Buds Of May reboot, which will be called The Larkins, alongside Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan, was revealed on Thursday.

New role: Bridgerton's Sabrina Bartlett, (left), has been cast as Mariette Larkin in ITV's The Darling Buds Of May reboot, which will be called The Larkins, alongside Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan, was revealed on Thursday.

The original: Catherine Zeta Jones, (pictured) played the same role from 1991 to 1993

The original: Catherine Zeta Jones, (pictured) played the same role from 1991 to 1993

New role: Bridgerton’s Sabrina Bartlett, (left), has been cast as Mariette Larkin in ITV’s The Darling Buds Of May reboot, which will be called The Larkins, alongside Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan, was revealed on Thursday.

“I can’t wait to bring these heartwarming stories to life with such a great team. It’s just the perfect dose of escapism we all need right now. ‘

In December, it was revealed that Walsh Pop would play Larkin, originally played by David Jason, and Joanna would play his wife Ma, first played by Pam Ferris.

Darling Buds tells the story of The Larkins, who make their way with their six children idyllic life in rural Kent while facing threats from government officials and snobbish neighbors.

Exciting: The actress will play Mariette Larkin, a role made famous by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 90s comedy (pictured, with David Jason, Philip Franks and Pam Ferris)

Exciting: The actress will play Mariette Larkin, a role made famous by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 90s comedy (pictured, with David Jason, Philip Franks and Pam Ferris)

Exciting: The actress will play Mariette Larkin, a role made famous by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 90s comedy (pictured, with David Jason, Philip Franks and Pam Ferris)

Classic: The classic program followed the life of the Larkin family in the Kent countryside in the 1950s (in the photo, the original)

Classic: The classic program followed the life of the Larkin family in the Kent countryside in the 1950s (in the photo, the original)

Classic: The classic program followed the life of the Larkin family in the Kent countryside in the 1950s (in the photo, the original)

The series also focuses on the beloved love story between Mariette and village newcomer Cedric “Charley” Charlton, an accountant sent to handle the Larkins’ tax affairs.

Pop Larkin actor David introduced his catchphrase ‘Perfick’ on the show.

ITV has said the adaptation, written by The Durrells screenwriter Simon Nye, is “intended to capture the warmth, optimism and escapism of the Larkin family for a modern generation.”

Simon previously said he plans to “ expand the Larkins’ world a little bit. ”

He added: ‘The novels are short, hilarious and magical. We can’t wait to immerse ourselves in this glorious rural idyll. ‘

Happy: Sabrina, who stars as opera singer Siena Rosso in Bridgerton (depicted in character), said in a statement, 'I'm really, really excited to take on the part'

Happy: Sabrina, who stars as opera singer Siena Rosso in Bridgerton (depicted in character), said in a statement, 'I'm really, really excited to take on the part'

Happy: Sabrina, who stars as opera singer Siena Rosso in Bridgerton (depicted in character), said in a statement, ‘I’m really, really excited to take on the part’

Doctor Who star Bradley said of the drama: ‘I am thrilled to be asked to be part of this beloved and iconic series of stories.

The warmth and affection HE Bates has generated through his books is so uplifting and I can’t wait to be part of the Larkin family. It’s gonna be a hoot! ‘

Meanwhile, No Offense actress Joanna said of the new show, ‘What better consolation from everything we’ve been through this year than the rolling laughter and outsized hugs from Ma and Pop?

“It will be an honor to help bring The Larkins to the devices of the country!”

It was also announced on Thursday that Tok Stephen had joined the cast in the role of Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton, Mariette’s husband.

Tok said he was part of the cast, saying, ‘I love being cast as Charley on such a much loved and wonderful show.

‘I can’t wait to team up with Joanna, Bradley and Sabrina. I am incredibly excited. I hope that with our version we can impress fans of the original novels. ‘

Family: In December, it was revealed that Walsh (pictured) would play Pop Larkin, and Joanna would play his wife Ma.

Family: In December, it was revealed that Walsh (pictured) would play Pop Larkin, and Joanna would play his wife Ma.

Family: In December, it was revealed that Walsh (pictured) would play Pop Larkin, and Joanna would play his wife Ma.

Casting: It was also announced on Thursday that Tok Stephen (pictured) had joined the cast in the role of Cedric 'Charley' Charlton, Mariette's husband.

Casting: It was also announced on Thursday that Tok Stephen (pictured) had joined the cast in the role of Cedric 'Charley' Charlton, Mariette's husband.

Casting: It was also announced on Thursday that Tok Stephen (pictured) had joined the cast in the role of Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton, Mariette’s husband.

In November 2019, it was reported that the show – set in the 1950s – would be ‘revamped’ to replace The Durrells, the classic program following the life of the Larkin family in rural Kent.

The six-part series was set to start filming last year, but production was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Filming on the show, called The Larkins, will now begin in the summer and will likely air in the fall or perhaps early 2022.

There is currently no news as to who will be playing the rest of the Larkins family.

An insider told it The sun at the time: ‘A revamped version of The Darling Buds Of May is just the kind of show ITV needs to maintain its reputation for creating family-friendly dramas.

“It brought people together around TV nearly three decades ago, and they hope it will provide the same shared experience again.”

Welsh star Zeta Jones had a glittering Hollywood career and said she would be ready for a big-screen remake of Darling Buds in 2016.

After moving to America, Zeta-Jones broke through in 1998 in Hollywood, The Mask of Zorro, alongside Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins.

She won an Academy Award for the musical Chicago (2002), for Best Supporting Actress.

Catherine is now married to Michael Douglas and they are parents to Dylan 20 and Carys, 17.