Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Thought My OBE Was a Speeding Ticket; Martin Clunes Is Back as TV's Grumpy Doc Martin. MARION MCMULLEN Finds out How It's Taken Him 17 Years to Work with Men Behaving Badly Co-Star Caroline Quentin Again

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Thought My OBE Was a Speeding Ticket; Martin Clunes Is Back as TV's Grumpy Doc Martin. MARION MCMULLEN Finds out How It's Taken Him 17 Years to Work with Men Behaving Badly Co-Star Caroline Quentin Again

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Byline: MARION MCMULLEN

What was it like being in front of the camera with your Men Behaving Badly mate Caroline Quentin? IT was joyous to work with Caroline again. I see her all the time because we are friends. She stayed with us in the house in Cornwall that we rent during filming.

When we usually meet we both have our families with us and it becomes a larger thing. But with just Caroline and I together, I laughed like an idiot, the pair of us just laughed like children. She is so brilliant.

Caroline guest stars as a holistic vet.

Could her character return? SHE played her role perfectly and is terribly funny and completely plausible. It was very funny to see the reaction after she had self medicated with animal medicine when we did a scene on the beach.

Nobody has asked us to work together over the years. This part was written for her. There was nobody else. If we are ever lucky enough to get to make another series her character could return.

Did you enjoy going back to Cornwall for the new series of Doc Martin? IT has been the happiest of times, which sounds a boring and gushing luvvie thing to say, because it has always been a happy time. But there was something about it even before we came down that made me really look forward to coming down to Port Isaac.

Does it bother you when crowds turn up on location? THE crowds who came to watch the filming in the tiny village this year were bigger than ever, turning the narrow streets into live theatre.

I have never felt self conscious filming out there in the way that I do in other places. For some reason down there it doesn't bother me. It is like live theatre, but I imagine the crowds cannot hear a word because we are not projecting, we are acting for the camera.

I think our American viewers are more vocal and excited. They are beside themselves when they watch the filming.

What about your fans who call themselves the Clunatics? THEY are a group of Doc Martin fans who keep thanking us for helping them to make great friendships around the world with other fans. They Skype each other.

When episodes go out they have discussions on it and, when there are no episodes going out, they start again and have discussions. …

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