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2 items from 2011

Jeremy Paul obituary

25 May 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Prolific playwright and the hidden hand behind a string of classic TV series

Jeremy Paul, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 71, was a prominent and industrious television writer associated with many of the leading series of the past 40 years, from Upstairs, Downstairs and The Duchess of Duke Street in the 1970s, to Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected in the 80s and Lovejoy in the 90s. Relatively unknown writers such as Paul – who also wrote three BBC Plays for Today, including The Flipside of Dominick Hide (1980), starring Peter Firth as a time-traveller, and many of Granada Television's Sherlock Holmes series, starring Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke – are the unsung heroes in the sustained supply of wit, literacy and humanity in our popular culture.

A 1988 West End stage spinoff of the Granada series, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, was revived last year at the Duchess theatre, starring Peter Egan »

- Michael Coveney

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Martin Clunes returns for fifth 'Doc Martin'

29 March 2011 7:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

ITV has announced that Martin Clunes will begin filming a fifth series of popular drama Doc Martin this week. The broadcaster today confirmed that after a two-year gap, Clunes will reprise his role as Dr Martin Ellingham for the new, eight-episode run. "I have missed our annual visits to Cornwall, and I look forward to spending the next few months in this beautiful part of the country," Clunes said. "I am thrilled to be able to work with such a fabulous cast, and exciting new storylines." Also returning to their roles are Caroline Catz as Louisa Glasson and Ian McNeice and Joe Absolom as Bert and Al Large. Dame Eileen Atkins joins the regular cast as Dr Martin's Aunt Ruth, while Jessica Ransom will appear as the new surgery receptionist, Morwenna Newcross. Guest stars who will appear across the series include Julie Graham, Peter Vaughan, Robert Daws, (more) »

- By Ryan Love

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