'Doc Martin' is returning to ITV1 next year.

Martin Clunes will reprise his role as grumpy doctor Martin Ellingham in eight new episodes of the ITV1 drama, three years after the show was last aired, as he grapples with becoming a father with his long-suffering love interest Louise (Caroline Catz),

The actor said: "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!"

Drama commissioner Laura Mackie added: "'Doc Martin' is one of our most loved and valued dramas and I'm so pleased that we're returning to Port Wenn to spend more time with the irascible Doctor, his family and patients."

All the series regulars will be returning for the sixth series of the show, including Doc Martin's no-nonsense, confrontational Auntie Ruth (Eileen Atkins), local restaurateur and handyman, Bert Large (Ian McNeice) and patient receptionist Morwenna Newcross (Jessica Ransom).

The drama has proved popular since it was first broadcast in 2004 and averaged at 10.6 million viewers with a 37% share of the audience when it was last on air in 2010.

Filming will begin next spring on in Port Isaac, Cornwall.

  1. by tired pat 24th Oct 2012 03:09

    thank heavens Doc Martin is coming back.It it was the first tv series my husband actuall watched with me on Netflex.All of them.At times he would watch 5 in a row.This from a man that could not sit for more than a 1/2 hour watching anything.We love this series....It is the best.My sister too.Welcome backk

  2. by Barbara Hardisty 24th Oct 2012 17:55

    Wonderful news that the Sixth Series is truly confirmed. This is the best series my family has ever watched in the US or UK. We all love it and are so amused by the characters of Port Wenn. Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz are mesmerizing. Do hope some way they can be together without the constant conflict. They deserve some relief and so do the viewers.
    And, Martin, please do not wear that wedding ring until you marry Louisa!

  3. by May 25th Oct 2012 03:47

    I live in the U.S and first saw the series on Hulu and then found it on Netflix,
    I love Doc Martin. It is so well done. Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz are fantastic in their roles as Martin and Louisa and the supporting cast and setting in Cornwall is a perfect combination. I found hundreds of videos on YouTube dedicated to the series. Just go to you tube and enter "Doc Martin -Martin and Louisa"