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 2 - The Rival

Warren. Image shows from L to R: Bob (Mike Bubbins), Warren Thompson (Martin Clunes). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
Warren's business is not going well. He's losing pupils to a rival driving school, Daz's Drivers, and his online rating is through the floor. He sets out to turn the tide by canvassing for more pupils in the local area, but a series of unfortunate events leads to Daz's business booming more than ever. Can Warren turn his luck around?

Broadcast details

Monday 4th March 2019
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Martin Clunes Warren Thompson
Lisa Millett Anne
Tim Preston Charlie
Oscar Morgan Danny
Neil Edmond Ian
Guest cast
Judith Barker Sheila
David Hargreaves Bill
Daniel Millar Ashley
Marcus Garvey Daz
Mike Bubbins Bob
Stephen Casey Old Man
James Clossick Parking Attendant
Anya Dewin Child
Olwen Rees Old Woman
Emma Stacey Julie
Shelley Williams Emma
Writing team
Jimmy Donny Cosgrove Writer
Paul McKenna Writer
Production team
Ben Gosling Fuller 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
Robin Hill 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
Barry Phillips 1st Assistant Director


What were they thinking of with Warren? Poor Martin Clunes: after so much redemptively good work - Vanity Fair, Manhunt, even Doc Martin's a lovely rounded well-acted part - he has apparently chosen to star in a "comedy" that could have been written in 1974. About a grumpy driving instructor. And that's it, folks. No jokes, no clever lines, no acknowledgments that there's nothing inherently laugh-out-loud in just saying "garden centre" or "driving instructor", or indeed that time and tastes move on and all that's left is a talented actor staring at the camera with what's meant to be sardonic pith but might actually be howling existential angst.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 3rd March 2019

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