Series 7 of Doc Martin has just aired in America and the cast and crew thought it might be the last, however, it is now confirmed that the 8th series will be filmed in 2017 - catch the action and book now.
Bert Large (Ian McNeice) tells how they found out. “We were all invited by ITV to a dinner to thank us for the ratings we have had in October and November and they were the best we have had so far with seven million viewers - on a par with Downton Abbey and everybody was thrilled about that.“Everybody in the cast was there and then the Head of ITV gets up and says ‘We love Doc Martin and as a vote of confidence we would like to give you one more show’
“So there will be series eight and we will make it in the year 2017 because we always have a break in between.
“The future is rosy. We would all like to do more with Martin and God bless them ITV have said they are going to do more.”
Ian, says that he and Clunes both feared that the series would end after the finale of series seven, especially as ITV have axed other long running dramas in recent years like Wild At Heart.
He added: “We all thought at the end of Season Seven it was well received in England, but we all thought that was going to be the end. A
“At the end of the series we had a wrap party with the best drinks and food ever and we were thinking this is looking pretty - is this a goodbye? We were getting a little nervous. Then we had a cast and crew photograph and we had never had that before, and it was slightly unnerving that the end of this series we wrap things up nicely. But it is not over and we are thrilled.”
Ian says the cast and crew make the show a hit. He added: “It is the people themselves. It starts with Martin Clunes, who is a delight nothing like the character he plays. He is so funny and warm and that spreads out throughout the cast.
“It has been said by him that it is the best job on TV. It is beautiful to film in Cornwall, we are there for four months and we all live together down there and it is stunning. Now we have the world coming to see us. We have four to five hundred people a day come to see us film it is like doing theatre.”
Ian says that one of the reasons the drama is a hit with the silver generation is due to its gentle nature. He added: “It is that the old thing . If you look at the demographic of the show you are looking at people 50, 60, 70, who appreciate the fact that there is no swearing, no aggression, and its gentle humour.
Returning to the series will be Dame Eileen Atkins, who plays Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth, Ian McNeice, as local restaurateur Bert Large, and Joe Absolom as his tolerant son Al. Plus, Jessica Ransom returns as the Doc's receptionist, Morwenna Newcross, and John Marquez is set to come back as eccentric local police officer PC Joe Penhale.
Guided Tour of Port Isaac aka Port Wenn.
A number of guests here at Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast have booked up with Port Isaac local John Brown for his Doc Martin themed guided tour of Port Isaac.
John has lived and worked in Port Isaac for half a century and his family have been fishing there for as long as reliable records. John is one of two brothers still fishing along with their sons and has been involved with the filming on Doc Martin, Saving Grace and Poldark.
He is also a member of the Fisherman's Friends!
They had a ball and thoroughly enjoyed their couple of hours in Johns company plus learning all the intricacies and secrets not only of Port Isaac but also the filming of Doc Martin. My thanks to Linda and Larry who not only sent me their pictures, they gave me permission to use them on this page.
Johns tour takes about 11/2 hours and costs £10 per person - it is truly a locals eye view of Port Isaac and Doc Martin. See more and book on Johns website here, call and book on 01208 881277 during the day or 07815156632 in the evenings or email firstname.lastname@example.org