Martin Clunes will return for a sixth series of Cornish-set ITV1 drama Doc Martin in 2013.
Eight new episodes are to be shown, again featuring Clunes as grumpy medic Dr Martin Ellingham and Caroline Catz as love interest and local schooteacher Louisa Glasson. The series will find the pair again coping with parenthood following the birth of their baby James.
Also returning are Eileen Atkins as the Doc’s formidable aunt Ruth, Ian McNeice as local restaurateur Bert, Joe Absolom as Bert’s son Al and John Marquez as local police officer PC Joe Penhale. Jessica Ransom, who became Martin’s latest receptionist, Morwenna Newcross, in series five will also be back.
Clunes today commented: “I’m thrilled to be going back to the beautiful North Cornish coast to shoot series six of Doc Martin. Our challenge this season will be to force Louisa and the doctor to live together with baby James, which as far as I can see has disaster written all over it…And then there’s the dog and Dame Eileen, but not necessarily in that order!”
The last series of Doc Martin, which screened in 2011, averaged 10.6m viewers and a 37 per cent share of the audience and peaked at 10.9m.