Much-loved UK drama Doc Martin will end with its ninth series in 2018, star Martin Clunes has revealed.
“We start making [series 8] in spring and it’ll probably be on air in the autumn,” he told Radio Times. “So [series 8] is the second to last.”
Produced by Martin’s own Buffalo Productions, the series started in 2004 and seven series, with a total 54 episodes plus a 2006 film, having aired so far.
Actor Ian McNeice who plays café owner Bert Large, recently revealed that the cast feared that series seven was going to be the last because of the lavish nature of the series 7 wrap party.
He said: “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.”
Meanwhile Marta Kauffman, co-creator of Friends, has a US adaptation in development.
It airs in Australia on ABC.