Martin Clunes has shocked daytime TV viewers with a sweary outburst about the Government while talking about his new cop drama.
The actor is known for his cosy TV series Doc Martin, but showed a much more foul-mouthed side when he spoke about his current show, Manhunt.
It tells the real-life story of the hunt for Levi Bellfield, the killer and attacker who preyed on young women and girls, with Clunes playing detective Colin Sutton who was at the forefront of the investigation.
Clunes appeared on This Morning to talk about the horror of the true details from the case, which were written into memoirs by Sutton and inspired the series.
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He said: “It makes you think, thank God we’ve got a police force.
“We won’t have if this current sh**e storm of a Government have their way.”
The actor looked unrepentant about his language, but presenter Phillip Schofield said: “Apologies for that, that’s your view, not ours.”
But many viewers were in support of his opinions.
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Clunes also defended that drama having been made in the first place, after criticism in the press about making entertainment out of the man who murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
He said: “I know a lot of the press have picked up on that and said it’s too soon, but I think one family were more upset about being doorstepped by the Sunday Mirror than anything we did.”
But things got a little awkward when presenter Holly Willoughby accidentally insulted the actor’s looks.
Clunes said of the drama: “We don’t fetishise it. I think that’s what the worry was that we were going to do, because that’s what telly does with cop shows.
“It glamourises usually handsome psychopaths.”
Willoughby replied emphatically: “And this is not that at all.”
As Schofield laughed: “You walked right into that,” she apologised: “I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean it like that.”