ITV wants a second series of The Larkins after Bradley Walsh show proves to be a ratings hit

SUNDAY night cockle-warmer The Larkins has proved such a big hit with viewers that ITV want it back for next year.

I’m told the comedy drama starring Bradley Walsh is to get another series, with the creators already putting the wheels in motion.

The follow-up could be filmed next year if the cast’s schedules align.

Bradley has a packed diary thanks to his other shows that include The Chase, Beat The Chasers, Take Off With Bradley & Holly and Breaking Dad.

A TV insider said: “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.

“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.”

The final episode of the six-part series, which also features Joanna Scanlan as Ma, will air on Sunday and a Christmas special has been commissioned.

With bumper ratings expected over the festive season, it will be full steam ahead.

DAVID DIG AT SHERI’S LOVE LIFE

SHERIDAN SMITH’s love life is back on track after she reunited with her ex-boyfriend.

But that didn’t stop pal David Walliams making a cheeky dig at her previous rollercoaster romances.

The Cilla actress, who is believed to be dating actor Alex Lawler will be starring with David in Sky Max’s film Hansel And Gretel: After Ever After this Christmas.

Referring to Sheridan’s character, a witch, he said with a laugh: “She was a person who was not treated well and abandoned.

"Just like your life story, eh, Sheridan?”

The actress had a son in May 2020 with her then fiancé, insurance broker Jamie Horn, but they split in July.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed that this one works out, not least so David doesn’t make any more mean jokes.

DOCTORS TAKE TIME TO TEXT

WITH so much space travel to get through, you could forgive The Doctor for not being in touch that often.

But it seems actors who have played the Time Lord in BBC’s Doctor Who do keep up with each other.

Peter Capaldi has hinted there is a group text among those who’ve been in the role.

The twelfth Doctor said: “Glasgow’s one of the few places with police boxes. Sometimes I pass them.

"So if I see one, I send a picture on to friends of mine who are also in the same mode, shall we say.”

There will soon be someone else in his contacts as Jodie Whittaker prepares to step down from the part.

I told last week that Omari Douglas is the frontrunner to become the next Doctor.

He was in It’s A Sin earlier this year.

It was created by Russell T Davies, the former Doctor Who show boss who is returning after 11 years.

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