Warren. Warren Thompson (Martin Clunes). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2019
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

BBC One sitcom about a grumpy driving instructor, starring Martin Clunes. Also features Lisa Millett, Tim Preston, Oscar Morgan, Neil Edmond and Martine Brown

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Series 1, Episode 1 - The Pond

Warren. Image shows from L to R: Anne (Lisa Millett), Warren Thompson (Martin Clunes). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
Warren Thompson suddenly finds himself in his mid-50s, forced to move from the south up to Preston when his partner Anne's father falls ill.

Further details

Warren Thompson suddenly finds himself in his mid-50s, forced to move from the south up to Preston when his partner Anne's father falls ill. Warren's living in an area he doesn't like, doing a job he's not emotionally cut out for, and looking after two teenage stepsons, Charlie and Danny, that he never wanted.

Never blessed with any sort of patience or a paternal instinct, Warren just wants an easy life. He's happy with a clean house, a neat garden, and a nice cup of tea. But thanks to his naturally difficult personality, Warren is constantly finding himself in sticky situations. He's always making life hard for himself and often on the verge of losing it. There are no happy endings for Warren as he grapples against the problems and misunderstandings of his own making.

Warren pushes his eldest stepson Charlie into getting a job at the local garden centre so he can get a discount on pond liner, to rival his annoying neighbour Ian. Meanwhile, Anne and her sister Liz visit a clairvoyant and get a bleak reading of things to come on the cul-de-sac.

Broadcast details

Monday 25th February 2019
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Martin Clunes Warren Thompson
Lisa Millett Anne
Tim Preston Charlie
Oscar Morgan Danny
Neil Edmond Ian
Martine Brown Liz
Guest cast
Maya Sondhi Paula
Paul Chahidi Clairvoyant
Jimmy Donny Cosgrove Chris
Edward Easton Craig
Khalil Madovi Laurence
Jonathan Ojinnaka (as Jonathon Ojinnaka) Policeman
Alexandria Riley Waitress
Writing team
Jimmy Donny Cosgrove Writer
Paul McKenna Writer
Production team
Ben Gosling Fuller Director
Adam Miller Director
Tom Jordan Producer
Helen Williams Executive Producer
Kate Daughton Executive Producer
Jimmy Mulville Executive Producer
Lloyd Elis Line Producer
Paul McKenna Associate Producer
Jimmy Donny Cosgrove Associate Producer
Gregor Sharp Executive Producer
Debbie Pisani (as Debs Pisani) Line Producer
Robin Hill Editor
Nigel Williams Editor
Gavin Buckley Editor
Jeff Sherriff (as Jeffrey Sherriff) Production Designer
Catherine Willis Casting Director
Andrew Cox Costume Designer
Pete Rowe Director of Photography
Sallie Adams Make-up Designer
Nina Humphreys Composer
Greg Duffield Director of Photography
Geraint Havard 1st Assistant Director


Warren review

Curmudgeons have forever been a cornerstone of comedy, but the problem with Martin Clunes's Warren - well, one of many problems - is that he's not just grumpy, he's just an unpleasant shit.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 26th February 2019

Is it 1980, again? You could certainly be forgiven for thinking so on the evidence of this dire new sitcom from writer Jimmy Donny Cosgrove, which stars Martin Clunes as Warren, a permanently harassed driving instructor. The strangest comedy hors d'oeuvre for a new Alan Partridge show you will ever see.

Mike Bradley, The Guardian, 25th February 2019

Warren, review: laughs are in short supply

This new comedy about a beleaguered driving instructor who moves up north lacked wit, empathy, and heart.

Sarah Hughes, i Newspaper, 25th February 2019

TV preview: Warren, BBC One

Somehow though this seems to be catering for an older generation of viewers.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 22nd February 2019

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