Clunes stars as the grouchy Dr. Martin Ellingham on the ITV series, bringing his medical services to a sleepy Cornish town after he must leave his post as a top London surgeon when he develops a fear of blood. Season six ended on a question mark as Ellingham’s beloved Louisa (played by Caroline Catz) and their baby were headed for Spain without him.
Calling in from his home in Dorset, Clunes spoke to Variety about the future of the series, the (vast) difference between the show’s British fans and its American ones, and whether Doc’s rudeness ever goes too far.
Martin Clunes will return as the grumpy Dr Martin Ellingham in eight more episodes of the comedy drama set in Cornwall.
Filming has begun in Port Isaac, with Caroline Catz, Dame Eileen Atkins, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, Jessica Ransom and John Marquez all making a return.
The series is expected to debut in the autumn on ITV.
Series six saw Martin and Louisa (Catz) finally get married, but a life-threatening incident saw Louisa taking their son James Henry to live with her mother in Spain while they worked out their issues.
Martin Clunes said: "I'm thrilled to be back on the beautiful North Cornish coast to shoot series seven of Doc Martin. The Doc has some serious work to do if he is going to persuade Louisa to come back."
"We're delighted Doc Martin is returning to ITV," said ITV's Steve November.
The contemporary crime drama, which stars Stephen Tompkinson as Dci Alan Banks, Andrea Lowe as DS Annie Cabbot and Caroline Catz as Di Helen Morton, will begin filming for its fourth series in Yorkshire later this month.
The new series will feature a deeper exploration of Banks's relationship with his parents (Keith Barron and Polly Hemmingway), further complications in Annie and Banks's on/off romance and a career-threatening personal crisis for Helen.
Featured stories include 'Home', about the tragedy of a well-loved maths teacher run down by a car, with his girlfriend suspecting her own father and cousin, due to her having walked away from an arranged marriage.
Elsewhere, 'Ghost' will see Helen's past return to haunt her when an old flame from another police force implies he is being framed, before he is mysteriously killed.
The fourth series,
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Director: Steven Spielberg
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Dci Banks (Stephen Tompkinson) is having a barbecue with his colleagues in his countryside idyll with lovely views over West Yorkshire. Meanwhile, in the mean city (Leeds), a young boy called Kyle is abducted from a depressing block of flats by a couple posing as social services. Banks is flanked by two women now: Annie (Andrea Lowe), back from maternity leave, and the uncompromising Helen (Caroline Catz). Not many laughs but for fans of unremittingly gloomy searches for lost children, this does the job. Concludes next week. Julia Raeside
Horizon: Swallowed by a Sink Hole
Florida is dotted with sink holes, the composition of the earth being such that it can open up
Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the NTAs celebrate the best and most popular TV and are exclusively voted for by viewers. The 2014 awards take place at London's O2 on January 22.
Full list of 2014 nominations:
Call The Midwife
Death In Paradise
Last Tango in Halifax
Law & Order: UK
Love and Marriage
Scott & Bailey
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher
The White Queen
Under The Dome
Olivia Colman - Broadchurch
David Tennant - Broadchurch
Stephen Tompkinson - Dci Banks
Shaun Evans - Endeavour
Michael Kitchen - Foyle's War
Alan Davies - Jonathan Creek
The grumpy medic - played by Martin Clunes - will return in a new eight-part series, the show's sixth since it began in 2004.
Doc Martin's latest run will see the Gp preparing to wed long-time love interest Louisa (Caroline Catz).
"I'm thrilled to be going back to the beautiful North Cornish coast," said Clunes. "Our challenge this season will be to force Louisa and the doctor to live together with Baby James which as far as I can see has disaster written all over it."
Doc Martin posted viewing figures of almost 9 million for its fifth series in 2010.
The series will return to ITV later this year.
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Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe and Caroline Catz will return for the six hour-long episodes, which will be produced by Left Bank Pictures.
"Dci Banks has become a firm favourite amongst the ITV Drama audience and I'm very pleased we have commissioned a third series," said Tompkinson.
"The new stories will pose searching questions for Banks as ultimately he's forced to take extreme action to keep his team together."
Executive producer Andy Harries added: "I'm delighted by the continued success of Dci Banks.
"Stephen Tompkinson and the whole team have turned a hit series of novels into an international success story that began, like so many of the great TV detectives, on ITV."
Based on the novels by Peter Robinson, the stories Wednesday's Child, Piece of My Heart and Bad Boy will each be told over two episodes.
Dci Banks(ITV1) is back for a second series, and things aren't going so well for Allan Banks (Stephen Tompkinson). His trusted colleague Annie is pregnant, about to go on maternity leave (as is the actor who plays her, Andrea Lowe); they're at the pub, having a fairly miserable evening, at the end of which she shouts at him for being so understanding. He doesn't understand why – I don't quite either, to be honest, and I'm not as drunk as he is. Then a taxi runs over his phone. Back at home his sleazy younger brother has left a cryptic voicemail begging for help. It appears to be the end of a long and terrible night.
He has no idea how terrible. Not yet. While he's taking a personal day to deal with his brother,
Wonderland: I Was Once a Beauty Queen
The Miss Great Britain beauty pageants of the 1970s and 80s may look unspeakable nowadays (or at least "a bit naff"), but in their heyday they pulled in millions. This fine, reflective documentary finds out what happened to the winners, now older and wiser; former beauty queens such as Madeleine Stringer (Miss UK 1977) who in reply to the question "And what are you going to be when you grow up?" told a leering, diminutive host: "I don't know … what are you going to be when you grow up?" Ali Catterall
8 Out Of 10 Cats
10pm, Channel 4
Season 14 of the shouty 8 Out Of 10 Cats, which in the panel show stakes sits somewhere between the
The British series, which stars Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz and airs on ITV, is sort of a British version of House, albeit with more lovable characters and more realistic scenarios. The show's a kind-hearted piece of escapism. Even tragic deaths are handled with darkly humorous, yet amiable, moments of levity.
Audiences continue to respond to the show. The season 4 finale, which posted a series best of 10.37 million viewers (which would be fantastic even on American TV), hasn't been topped yet, but series 5 is already working on it. The second episode of series 5 posted viewership that was an improvement on the first episode, with a jump from 8.73 million to 9.08 million, according to Atv Today. As you can probably guess, this is unusual; seasons usually hit their high points with premiere episodes; only very rarely do ratings rise throughout the season (a recent and memorable American
Buddha In Suburbia
Lelung Rinpoche is one of Tibetan Buddhism's three principal reincarnations, a 40-year-old lama on a mission to recover the scattered teachings of his predecessors. In Dharamsala, he's honoured as a holy man, yet in recent years Lelung has spent more time in Ruislip, as a garden shed-dwelling guest of the Dušek family. Cameras follow Lelung on a trip to India, Mongolia and China, and it's a life that seems less contradictory than you might imagine, perhaps because its principal has a kind of steely modesty that makes him at home everywhere he travels. Jonathan Wright
Gypsy Eviction – The Fight For Dale Farm: Dispatches
8pm, Channel 4
The brouhaha of Dale Farm sounds specifically concocted to nudge the Daily Mail towards apoplexy. The Essex settlement is
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