ITV has renewed Doc Martin for Series 8, which will be the last in the long-running Martin Clunes drama.
Speaking to The Mirror, star Ian McNeice, who plays Bert Large, confirmed that the broadcaster has renewed the medical comedy drama for an eighth and final season:
“We were all invited by ITV to a dinner to thank us for the ratings we have had in October and November and they were the best we have had so far with seven million viewers – on a par with Downton Abbey and everybody was thrilled about that.
Everybody in the cast was there and then the Head of ITV gets up and says ‘We love Doc Martin and as a vote of confidence we would like to give you one more show’.
“So there will be series eight and we will make it in the year 2017 because we always have a break in between.
The future is rosy. We would all like to do more with Martin and God bless them ITV have said they are going to do more.”
Doc Martin Series 8 is slated to air in 2017.