Doc Martin will return to ITV for series 9 as filming begins

Dan Seddon
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From Digital Spy

Long-running ITV drama Doc Martin has officially entered production on its ninth series.

The show, which debuted in 2004, stars Martin Clunes as rather grumpy GP Dr Martin Ellingham.

And filming has now returned to the idyllic village of Port Isaac in Cornwall, which serves as the inspiration for the show's fictional setting of Portwenn.

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Speaking about his love for the picturesque location, Clunes noted: "We love going to Cornwall to make Doc Martin, and we miss it when we are not there. The county is so beautiful and the people have been so warm and welcoming to us.

"It is the best job in television."

There's good news for fans of the supporting cast, too, as the likes of Caroline Catz's Louisa Ellingham, Dame Eileen Atkins' Aunt Ruth, Ian McNeice's Bert Large, John Marquez's PC Joe Penhale and Jessica Ransom's Morwenna Newcross are all returning for the new series.

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Meanwhile, due to Doc Martin's positive impact on the county's tourism, the show was recently recognised by Cornwall Tourism for its outstanding contribution.

Producer Philippa Braithwaite said of receiving the accolade: "The people of Cornwall, and Port Isaac in particular, have always been so helpful to us when we are making Doc Martin.

"We are thrilled that we have been able to give something back, and to be recognised in this way is the icing on the cake."

Doc Martin airs on ITV.

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