Martin Clunes has ruled out Men Behaving Badly returning, saying there can’t be another series, adding it’s “not these days”.
His actor shot to fame in the flat share comedy, which aired on ITV and then the BBC from 1992 to 1998, and featured Clunes as Gary Strang alongside Tony Smart’s Tony. Neil Morrissey.
ITV’s 10th and final Doc Martin series began filming in February of this year in the Cornish fishing village of Port Isaac, with Clunes having played the show’s lead character, the grumpy Dr Martin Ellingham, since its debut. first aired in 2004.
He told Saga magazine when asked if there could ever be another series of Badly Behaving Men: “God, no. Not these days. I mean we’ve talked about things like Kylie Minogue’s ass and compared them to a racehorse.
“How can we do that now?
“But you also can’t get a gig like Doc Martin has authorized now.
“Someone would say, ‘Where’s the murdered prostitute in the opening scene?'”.
Doc Martin’s final eight-episode series will air next month, with a Christmas special also scheduled on ITV later this year.
Having played a general doctor with a rough bed style and a fear of blood for more than a decade, the actor says playing the doctor doesn’t make him an “incapable lover”.
He told Saga: “No! Not that I know. I doubt there is any sex on the minds of my lady Doc Martin fans.
“I think the smart suit and the whole lingerie set can be a bit appealing. But, honestly, no one threw their panties at me or any of them. “
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“What we have is The Clunatics – a global band of fans who are friends, keep in touch and regularly visit Port Isaac in Cornwall, where we filmed.
“Sometimes they bring gifts; An Australian woman recently brought me a stuffed platypus.
The actor turned 60 last year and talked about the benefits of getting older: “Age gives you a deeper perspective; for example, when I was younger, I didn’t like my appearance to be insulted or ’embarrassed’.
“Now, I think my ears are pretty good and I realize that they have given me roles that I might not have.”
Filming Doc Martin, which also featured Hollywood star Sigourney Weaver on several occasions, has become a family affair for Clunes, produced by his wife of over 20 years, Philippa Braithwaite.
He vowed that Doc Martin’s final series would be “extremely dramatic and extremely emotional,” adding: “We’re developing our own style, believe me. After that, there will be a special Christmas to look forward to.
“We also threw the kitchen sink in that one. No one should be disappointed. “
Production company Buffalo Pictures also announced a documentary film tentatively titled Doc Martin – A Celebration, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the final series.
The September issue of Saga magazine is out on August 23.
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