'It took me a good minute to realise the policeman is him!' The Larkins viewers go wild after spotting Bradley Walsh's son Barney in debut episode

Bradley Walsh's son Barney, 23, made a surprise appearance in the debut episode of his dad's new show The Larkins on Sunday - sparking delight among viewers.

The ITV sitcom, based upon the retro series The Darling Buds of May, follows a working-class family living in 1950s Kent - with The Chase star, 61, taking centre stage as Pop. 

The Breaking Dad star made his unforeseen entrance after Mariette (played by Sabrina Bartlett) and her sister Primrose (Lydia Paige) asked a nearby police officer for help in finding a young man.

Spotted! Bradley's son Barney (pictured) made a surprise appearance in the debut episode of his dad's new show The Larkins on Sunday

Spotted! Bradley Walsh's son Barney, 23, (pictured) made a surprise appearance in the debut episode of his dad's new show The Larkins on Sunday

It certainly wasn't long before frenzied fans flooded Twitter with posts about the unexpected emergence.

One wrote, 'Well done very good bradley walsh like the idea of a sort of prequel for episode one- the lady playing ma was spot on- nice seeing barney as the copper!#TheLarkins [sic].'

Another chimed in, 'Nice appearance from Barney Walsh in tonight’s #TheLarkins.'

Spellbinding: The ITV sitcom, based upon the retro series The Darling Buds of May, follows a working-class family living in 1950s Kent - with The Chase star, 61, (pictured ) playing Pop

Spellbinding: The ITV sitcom, based upon the retro series The Darling Buds of May, follows a working-class family living in 1950s Kent - with The Chase star, 61, (pictured ) playing Pop

Commotion: It wasn't long before frenzied fans flooded Twitter with posts about the unexpected emergence

Commotion: It wasn't long before frenzied fans flooded Twitter with posts about the unexpected emergence

A third added, 'And it took me a good minute to realise the policeman is Barney Walsh.' 

'#TheLarkins Isn't the policeman, Bradley's son?' and, 'Bradley and Barney Walsh, brilliant #TheLarkins,' concluded others.

ITV recently teased first-look scenes for the show which sees the character of Mariette - portrayed by Bridgerton actress Sabrina Bartlett - catch the eye of village newcomer Cedric 'Charley' Charlton (Tok Stephen).

Charley arrives in the village to investigate the Larkins' tax affairs, but is soon distracted by the beautiful Mariette, with whom he falls head over heels in love.

Exciting: ITV recently teased first-look scenes for the show which sees the character of Mariette - portrayed by Bridgerton actress Sabrina Bartlett (pictured) - catch the eye of village newcomer Cedric 'Charley' Charlton (Tok Stephen)

Exciting: ITV recently teased first-look scenes for the show which sees the character of Mariette - portrayed by Bridgerton actress Sabrina Bartlett (pictured) - catch the eye of village newcomer Cedric 'Charley' Charlton (Tok Stephen) 

New boy in town: Charley (pictured) arrives in the village to investigate the Larkins' tax affairs, but is soon distracted by the beautiful Mariette, with whom he falls head over heels in love

New boy in town: Charley (pictured) arrives in the village to investigate the Larkins' tax affairs, but is soon distracted by the beautiful Mariette, with whom he falls head over heels in love

Snag: However, he quickly discovers that he has a romantic rival in the form of the handsome and mysterious Tom Fisher (Stephen Hagan). Mariette, on the other hand, may have plans of her own, which don't involve men

Snag: However, he quickly discovers that he has a romantic rival in the form of the handsome and mysterious Tom Fisher (Stephen Hagan). Mariette, on the other hand, may have plans of her own, which don't involve men

However, he quickly discovers that he has a romantic rival in the form of the handsome and mysterious Tom Fisher (Stephen Hagan). Mariette, on the other hand, may have plans of her own, which don't involve men.

The teaser portrays the chirpy family, much loved by the villagers, and the wandering eyes of the local men who seem mesmerised by Mariette.  

Ma and Pop Larkin are seen doting over their numerous children, enjoying family dinners, pillow fights and joking about adding more to their brood.

New role: The Doctor Who actor dons sideburns for the role - as did actor David Jason who played the character in the Nineties
Pictured: Sir David Jason as Pop Larkin in 'The Darling Buds of May' (1992)

New role: The Doctor Who actor (left) dons sideburns for the role - as did actor David Jason (right) who played the character in the Nineties 

'It's love what gets us out of bed in the morning!' Pop says in the closing scenes of the teaser.

The Doctor Who actor dons sideburns for the role - starring opposite Joanna Scanlan, 59, who plays Ma. 

Bradley, who is taking over the role of the wheeler-dealer which was played by David Jason in the 90s, has been seen filming in Faversham, Kent, in recent weeks.

Matriarch: Among the cast is Joanna Scanlan, 59, who takes over from Pam Ferris as Pop’s wife Ma Larkin
Original: Pam Ferris as Ma Larkin pictured in 1992

Matriarch: Among the cast is Joanna Scanlan, 59, (left) who takes over from Pam Ferris (right) as Pop's wife Ma Larkin

Arriving on ITV this Autumn is The Larkins, is the much anticipated new television adaption of H.E Bates' novel The Darling Buds of May. 

This new six-part series is written by screenwriter Simon Nye and aims to capture the warmth, optimism and escapism of The Larkin family for a modern generation. 

Fiercely loyal to each other and their community, each Larkin family member has a strong work ethic, alongside a disinterest in authority.   

Lookalike: Sabrina Bartlett (pictured) has been cast as Mariette in the ITV remake of The Darling Buds of May
Career: The same role which catapulted Catherine Zeta Jones to stardom (pictured in 1991)

Lookalike: Sabrina Bartlett (left) has been cast as Mariette in the ITV remake of The Darling Buds of May - the same role which catapulted Catherine Zeta Jones (right) to stardom

The Larkins have achieved a small patch of paradise where nothing is wasted and they enjoy life to the full. 

Speaking about taking on the role of Pop Larkin earlier this year, Bradley said: 'I'm thrilled to be asked 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. It'll be a hoot.' 

Original cast: The popular Nineties family drama, which was set in 50s, followed Pop Laarkin, his wife Ma and their children in all their antics (pictured the original cast)

Original cast: The popular Nineties family drama, which was set in 50s, followed Pop Laarkin, his wife Ma and their children in all their antics (pictured the original cast)

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