DOC Martin will come to a close following its 10th series, ITV show bosses have revealed.
The twists and turns of the life of the grumpy Cornish GP, operating in a sleepy fishing village, will come to a close in 2021 after first bursting on-screen in 2004.
Doc Martin has run for 16 years and 70 episodes, with the last instalment, series nine, airing in 2019.
Doctor Martin Ellington actor Martin Clunes and producer Philippa Braithwaite, of production company Buffalo Pictures, have agreed how "now is the time to say goodbye" to the character, with one last set of plotlines in store.
In a joint statement, they said: “We have loved making nine series of Doc Martin.
"When we launched the series in 2004 we could never have imagined how much our loyal viewers would take to the grumpy Doc like they have.
"The series has avid fans both in the UK and throughout the world and we are thrilled that Doc Martin has topped the ratings every time.
"However, after 16 years we now feel that the time has come to say goodbye to Portwenn.
"We will be making the tenth and final series in 2021 and we are very much looking forward to returning to Cornwall to film it.”
Filming for the final series, which will be bittersweet for fans, will begin next spring with the drama airing the same year.
The scripts will no doubt follow on from the end of series nine, which saw Doc Martin in the final part of the General Medical Council scrutiny, monitoring his skills in assisted surgery.
Bernard Newton is leading the surgery, which puts Martin at ease given he was his tutor, colleague and old friend.
Meanwhile, wedding bells were ringing in Portwenn with the preparations for Morwenna (Jessica Ransom) and Al’s (Joe Absolom) wedding.
But some last minute hitches threatened to jeopardise their big day.
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