Sunday, 24 January 2016

Doc Martin series 8: Martin Clunes comedy confirmed to return for final outing


THERE were fears that it was getting axed but Doc Martin is returning for an eighth and final series, ITV has announced.

The last-ever run of the comedy drama, following the travails of Martin Clunes’ socially inept Doctor Martin Ellingham, is set to be broadcast next year.

Doc Martin star Ian McNeice, who plays Bert Large, revealed that the cast were told about series eight after they were invited to a dinner hosted by ITV.

The broadcaster held the event to celebrate the programme’s high ratings that were said to be “on a par with Downton Abbey”.

“Everybody in the cast was there and then the Head of ITV gets up and says ‘We love Doc Martin and as a vote of confidence we would like to give you one more show’,” the 65-year-old actor explained.

He continued: “The future is rosy. We would all like to do more with Martin and God bless them ITV have said they are going to do more.”  

Ian also confessed that he thought at the wrap party for series seven that the show would be drawing to a close, however he was pleased when it turned out his fears were misplaced.

“We had a cast and crew photograph and we had never had that before, and it was slightly unnerving that the end of this series we wrap things up nicely. But it is not over and we are thrilled,” he told The Mirror.

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36 comments:

  1. Mr Clunes, your show has been crap since series 4. NO MORE!

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    1. You have enen less of a sense of humor than Doc Martin. If you don't like the show, don't watch it. I happen to like the show and I don't happen to like your attitude.

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    2. America loves Doc Martin!..I have been watching it for a long time..that's why there are choices..watch something else!

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    3. I am sorry Doc Martin is drawing to a close!! I do enjoy the series, it's better than most series based in the U.K. I look forward to watching it every week. Why drop this delightful story, for others which are not nearly so intriguing?

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    4. I am sorry Doc Martin is drawing to a close!! I do enjoy the series, it's better than most series based in the U.K. I look forward to watching it every week. Why drop this delightful story, for others which are not nearly so intriguing?

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  2. I am SOOOO happy that the show goes on!!
    It's our favorite thing on TV!! Just don'the change it!!

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  3. I am SOOOO happy that the show goes on!!
    It's our favorite thing on TV!! Just don't change it!!

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  4. I am SOOOO happy that the show goes on!!
    It's our favorite thing on TV!! Just don't change it!!

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  5. Doc and Louisa relationship keeps me on the edge of my seat. I need them to resolve their problems

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  6. Yeah! I want to see them together as a family. Can't wait for season 8. This cast is great and Martin makes the show!! He is great and so is Louisa

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  7. The Brits shows are fab. So thrilled to hear there will be a season 8 as 7 was looking gloomy. Hooray for Martin and Louisa. Can't wait until 2017 for the best to happen in their lives

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  8. The Brits shows are fab. So thrilled to hear there will be a season 8 as 7 was looking gloomy. Hooray for Martin and Louisa. Can't wait until 2017 for the best to happen in their lives

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  9. Yeah! I want to see them together as a family. Can't wait for season 8. This cast is great and Martin makes the show!! He is great and so is Louisa

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  10. I love Doc Martin show, the cast, the story line.
    Please continue to provide great entertainment thats touches the hearts of millions young and old. Go beyond season 8! Much love to my favorite British show!!!!♡♡♡♡
    From Orando Fl USA

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    1. A wonderful show the whole family can watch! Never worry about language, nudity, violence. Just a really great show. Please don't cancel after season 8.

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  11. I love Doc Martin show, the cast, the story line.
    Please continue to provide great entertainment thats touches the hearts of millions young and old. Go beyond season 8! Much love to my favorite British show!!!!♡♡♡♡
    From Orando Fl USA

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    1. agree! LOVE the show and all the characters. Hope it continues past season 8!

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    2. i agree go beyond season 8 there arent any good shows hardley anyway worth watching!

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  12. I really thought it was over. Don't know where they will go in series 8, but I'll be watching

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  13. PLEASE CONSIDER NOT ENDING AT SEASON 8 ��
    There just is not enough GREAT programs on the air. You know it's a great program when the reruns get watched over and over and OVER AGAIN��
    Even my DOCTORS enjoy this program!!!!
    THAT'S A GREAT TRIBUTE .. I THINK.

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  14. Lov the show!..great acting..great entertainment..thank you!..from Brenda Jordan in Ohio, USA..we love you..

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  15. Love this British show. I hope there will be another season after March 27th 2016. DOC and Louisa get back together. Now let the series continue. Love British TV since the Avengers with Diana Rigg and Patrick McNee. BIG FAN IN FLORIDA. RICH BESSER

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  16. Unfortunately there will be no series 8. They can't find a lens wide enough to capture Clunes ego :(

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  17. To make the series great, dump clunes for series 8
    to see a doc thats fun - go back, watch series one!

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  18. Doc Martin is probably my favourite TV show and has been for some years. The characters are great as is the location. It's great they are making series 8

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  19. They started rerunning series 7 on my local station last week. Louisa just returned from Spain. No reaction from the Doc, no smile, nothing. An emotionless zombie (excuse me, zombies do show more emotion). Clunes acting is horrible and unbelieveable. It as if Clunes has contempt for his audience. Or maybe its a BDSM thing. Al is worried about a field mouse, in a farm house where the doors are always open - BAD writing. Doc Martin WAS my favorite show. Ther's nothing to like about it anymore. Shame on you Clunes.

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  20. Love this British series show. It's one of my favorite TV show. Besides season 8 I would like to see a season 9 and 10. I was very surprised to see Sigourney Weaver on the show. Thanks to the writers, directors, producers and of course the actors. See if you can get Dame Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson on the show as well.

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  21. Love this British series show. It's one of my favorite TV show. Besides season 8 I would like to see a season 9 and 10. I was very surprised to see Sigourney Weaver on the show. Thanks to the writers, directors, producers and of course the actors. See if you can get Dame Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson on the show as well.

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  22. Love this show! Not sure if it's filmed here or in England,but I would love for it to continue.
    -Tampa FL

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  23. Love Doc Martin, hope it continues a lot longer, it's a family friendly show with a lot comedy plus drama. To put it simply, I love the show and Martin Clunes

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  24. Very sad! I am enjoying the old original series of Doc Martin which I have not seen. I wish I did one more season. All the good shows go off the air. Most of the bad shows stay on.

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  26. I would like to see him seek therapy and find he has Asberger's Syndrome. It would explain a lot and make him a much more sympathetic character.

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  27. Update. Martin C. Said they will be doing one more season of Doc Martin. They will film in the spring and will be shown in the fall. YEAH!

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