The ITV hit will return for a ninth series

Martin Clunes says Doc Martin is the “best job in television” as ITV confirmed that filming is starting on a new series.

The hugely popular actor will once again play the nation’s favourite grumpy medic, Dr Martin Ellingham, in the show’s ninth series.

Caroline Catz is also back as Doc Martin’s wife, Louisa Ellingham, who has quit her job as the headmistress at the local school to pursue a new career in child counselling.

“We love going to Cornwall to make Doc Martin, and we miss it when we are not there,” says Martin. “The county is so beautiful, and the people have been so warm and welcoming to us. It is the best job in television.”

Also returning is Dame Eileen Atkins as Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth, plus Ian McNeice is back as Bert Large alongside former EastEnders star Joe Absolom as his son Al.

Filming starts this week in Cornwall and the new series will see the Doc’s career under threat. The General Medical Council are investigating him following a number of complaints from patients about his grumpy approach to patients!

The show has been shot in Cornwall since 2004, bringing lots of tourists to picturesque Port Isaac, a fact recognised by Cornwall Tourism which presented a special award  for outstanding contribution to tourism to the Doc Martin team at a grand ceremony held at Truro Cathedral.

Producer Philippa Braithwaite says the Doc Martin team was over the moon to receive the award.

“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.

“We also contribute to a fund for the village and have raised £134,000 so far. The people of Port Isaac decide how the funds should be used.”

ITV has yet to reveal when the eight-part new series will be broadcast.