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Martin Clunes comedy comeback in new BBC1 sitcom Warren

Martin Clunes on his new comedy character Warren: 'He’s grumpy but in a very different way to Doc Martin'

Martin Clunes will be back on our screens in a new BBC 1 comedy, Warren.

Doc Martin star Martin Clunes will play another grumpy character in a new BBC 1 comedy series, Warren.

His character Warren Thompson is a driving instructor whose world is turned upside down when he is forced to leave his life behind down south and up sticks to Preston, when his partner Anne's dad falls ill.

Warren soon finds plenty to complain about when he gets stuck looking after two teenage sons and gets a new job which he hates. Oh, and he doesn't think much of life up north either. Warren is a man who speaks his mind, so everyone around him had better watch out!

“I had kind of told myself that I didn’t want to do another sitcom," said Martin who found fame in 90s hit sitcom Men Behaving Badly. "But the script is just so funny and I didn't want anyone else to do it."

Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning at the BBC added: “We have enormous faith in Warren as the pilot episode displayed the perfect alchemy of well-drawn characters, punchy funny lines, a terrific ensemble cast and in Martin Clunes a heavyweight comedy champion who we’re delighted to see step back in to the ring of a BBC 1 sitcom."

Warren, starring Martin Clunes, starts on BBC 1 later this year.

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.

Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?

Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.

He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.