Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Martin Clunes

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Martin Clunes

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Emily Clunes had better resign herself to not having any boyfriends in the future.

Because her father Martin's experiences playing the flustered father of teenage daughters in ITV1's hit drama William And Mary has made the actor resolve to ban all relationships when his five-year-old daughter grows up.

"I don't know, I can't bear thinking about boyfriends," the 44-year-old smiles, looking tanned and healthy having just returned from a well-deserved family holiday in the Maldives.

"Peta Cornish, who plays my eldest daughter Kate in the series, is off in South America doing a trek ( I'm not even going to tell Emily there is a South America! Dear God no, that would be awful!

"I'm forbidding boyfriends ( and I'm sure I won't be as nice as William about it," he jokes, flashing his trademark cheeky grin.

Now in its third series, ITV1's popular comedy drama revolves around the romance of two divorced thirtysomethings with children ( and all the emotional baggage attached ( as they try to make a go of family life.

"Birth and death are huge grand opera subjects which affect us all ( it rings home. Add the pressures of work and education fuelling things at home and there you go ( these things touch everyone and it doesn't exclude any of us.

"I think there's a move away from dead prostitute programmes ( I'm sure they'll always be a market ( but I think Cold Feet started a move back towards things that really affect us.

"I mean, you don't often come across gun-toting people in our lives ( yet," he adds.

In this series, Martin's loveable character William Shawcross, the genial undertaker who, Martin jokes, has wooed "ladies of a certain age", has to cope with both 20-month-old baby Thomas and Mary's suspicions of an illicit affair.

"William doesn't have an affair ( she's my cousin's widow," says Martin, quickly defending his character. …

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