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A starry but sleepy series finale: Doc Martin, review

This ever-popular, televisual equivalent of a hot water bottle returns for a ninth and final series next year. It's so gentle that it could end by simply nodding off.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 8th November 2017

Doc Martin review

The first five minutes of Doc Martin (ITV, Wednesday) always have a whiff of Casualty (BBC1, Saturday) about it.

David Stephenson, The Daily Express, 22nd October 2017

Two years Doc Martin's been off our screens and I find, somewhat head-scratchingly, that I've somewhat missed it. A rather welcome fainting lady vicar came to town, and failed to marry dunderhead Joe, and Al's fat dad poisoned everyone, and thus all was back to normal among the usual yahoos and googans of Portwenn.

At heart, despite the clotted-cream fantasies, this still revolves around the Doc and the fact that the problem of living in any paradise, anywhere, will always, surely, simply be people and relationships. At one point, poor Louisa asked her husband, famously filter-free to the point I'm always staggered he passed any GMC screenings, of their son, James Henry: "Do you think he likes me?" Answers the now-peerless Martin Clunes: "Who knows?" A tragedy stuck inside a comedy, as so many fine British comedies have ever been at heart.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 24th September 2017

Doc Martin (ITV, Wednesday) still is, and at the top of its game. So much so it would put car mechanics out of business. It also has the advantage of only appearing every two years, meaning that the lay off almost makes you forget just how good it was. It's also the only doctor's surgery anyone fancies visiting.

In the opening episode, the Doc was grumpier than ever. For him, this is an "all-life crisis". If he won the lottery, I'm sure he'd throw the ticket in the bin before sticking pins in his eyes.

Does anyone actually behave like this or are they "on the spectrum"? If it is the latter, he's off the scale, but who cares. In real life, you would simply be saying, "Wow, the Doc's hard work. How long do we have to stay?"

To cheer himself up in series eight, he's agreed for wife Louisa (Caroline Catz) to have a dog, which of course, is something else to complain about, and trip over, while banging his head on a low door. If you know a grumpier person than this, please contact a TV company about doing a documentary.

He was ably assisted by PC Penhale (John Marquez) who was told so many times that he was an idiot, I expect an immediate class libel action from the local constabulary to stand up for one of their own.

The village plod was suffering kidney stones: "How often are you passing water?" asked the Doc. He replied: "Bit personal isn't it, Doc?" This prompted the policeman to say, "I'm not an idiot". Oh, yes you are. As the episode closed, Penhale's quest for romance dissolved along with his kidney stones. He seemed more relieved about the latter. Quite right.

David Stephenson, The Daily Express, 24th September 2017

Doc Martin: series 8 is just what the doctor ordered

Toby Earle goes for a check-up in Portwenn.

Toby Earle, Evening Standard, 20th September 2017

Doc Martin's cast shares the secrets behind new series

As one of TV's most popular dramas returns to our screens, David Stephenson meets the Doc Martin cast on location in Cornwall for its penultimate series.

David Stephenson, The Daily Express, 17th September 2017

Marin Clunes: 'I will never get a better job'

Doc Martin star Martin Clunes said he "will never get a better job" than playing the medic - and told how the show had lifted the Cornish economy.

David Stephenson, The Daily Express, 17th September 2017

Martin Clunes on his devoted Doc Martin fans

The actor, 55, on not wanting to break Hollywood, being too big for the set - and missing his cows...

The Mirror, 10th September 2017

Filming starts on Doc Martin Series 8

Martin Clunes is back in Cornwall as filming starts on Series 8 of ITV's hit comedy drama Doc Martin.

British Comedy Guide, 21st March 2017

The Nightly Show did NOT go down well last night

Viewers said they'd really prefer ITV News at Ten to "car crash", "copycat" television.

Ellie Harrison, Radio Times, 28th February 2017

Doc Martin to end in 2018

Martin Clunes says that hit comedy drama Doc Martin will come to a finish in 2018. Series 9 will be the last series.

British Comedy Guide, 17th January 2017

Doc Martin: Martin Clunes's guide to Port Isaac

As the much-loved Cornish drama is repeated on Friday nights, explore the real Portwenn...

Jade Bremner, Radio Times, 8th July 2016

If You See God, Tell Him box set review

After a bump on the head Briers' Godfrey Spry believes he has to do exactly what the adverts say - with often disastrous results.

George Bass, The Guardian, 9th June 2016

Martin Clunes offers reward for stolen dog

Doc Martin and Men Behaving Badly actor Martin Clunes has offered a £2,000 reward to help find a stolen dog.

BBC News, 21st March 2016

ITV3 to air Rising Damp Forever

Rising Damp will take over ITV3 on Easter weekend, including a new 'definitive' two-part documentary series, Rising Damp Forever.

British Comedy Guide, 1st March 2016

Much like ITV's Doc Martin, this Welsh valleys-based comedy starring Ruth Jones is a reliable source of gentle laughs, U-rated drama and the odd celeb cameo. Indeed, while Martin Clunes and pals were joined by Sigourney Weaver last year, Robert Plant rocked up in the fictional south Wales town of Pontyberry last week. Things are a little less starry tonight, as the winners of forgotten reality contest Last Choir Standing come to Aunty Brenda's aid. Elsewhere, Stella tries to contact on/off flame Rob, and Michael is forced to compromise.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 1st March 2016

Neil Morrissey on MBB reunion: 'It's a pipe dream'

Neil Morrissey doesn't expect a full reunion of Men Behaving Badly to happen any time soon, though he'd love to team up with Martin Clunes, Caroline Quentin and Leslie Ash if the situation arose.

Tom Eames, Digital Spy, 19th February 2016

ITV orders Doc Martin Series 8

ITV has ordered an eighth series of Doc Martin, its hit comedy drama starring Martin Clunes.

British Comedy Guide, 13th January 2016

Doc Martin represents one of my guiltier pleasures, in that I watch it in what I think of as my time "off", freed from doing the serious important note-taking shtick or being asked to struggle professionally to fathom the enduring appeal of Downton. The Big Bang Theory, The Wright Stuff, reruns of Jonathan Creek or Endeavour - all are just-for-me equivalents of warm mismatched socks, a hot-water bottle and burnt bubbling cheap cheese on toast. Bliss.

So I dread the day Martin Ellingham - his surname an anagram of showrunner Dominic Minghella, is this interesting? (No, Ed.) - gets all worthy or political or even relevant, and I have to review it seriously. And, the saints be blessed, that still looks roundly unlikely from this sofa. We're still freely invited, 11 years on and at the close of the latest series, to giggle smugly at Cornwall, and what immense fun that is. Those who have been there know that the inhabitants live in perhaps the most glorious corner of God's green earth, and there should be payback, so we're probably entitled to regard the Cornubian batholith as the Land That Education Forgot. Almost everyone be a moron.

Bert Large is a cunning 20-chinned moron. Son Al is a misunderstood moron. Mrs Tishell is a comedy escapee from The Archers, and a moron in italics. Sexy Morwenna is a trainee moron (yet there's hope, and, left to her own devices, she correctly divines that 100% of those waiting for the absent doctor's curt ministrations are slouchy malingerers or alcoholics). King Captain Moron is, of course, PC Joe, who in this final series episode managed to louse up in every way imaginable short of snagging his own pancreas in a bear-trap. Actor John Marquez deserves great credit: not since Father Dougal has there been on our screens a more credible, human, moron.

In the end, after some relatively serious business involving the Doc's kidnapping, serious mainly because one doesn't ever dick about with Gemma Jones possessed of the "nice" end of a shotgun and a righteous wrath, Louisa and Martin were gently reunited. "I think I've been a little bit obsessed with people having to be normal. But they're not, are they?" You said it, girl from Cornwall. Sweeter, more seriously, "I know you weren't going to let me down," which is very much all a girl wants. But... only sometimes. Hence the clever personal tension underwriting the relationship at the heart of this series, and which, apart from the sweet morons and Martin Clunes's deadpan perfections, lends it its entirely fathomable appeal. More, more.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 8th November 2015

Alien star Sigourney Weaver rocks up in Cornwall

How did A-list actor Sigourney Weaver end up spending the summer in Cornwall filming with Martin Clunes?

Maureen Paton-Maguire, The Telegraph, 24th October 2015