Martin Clunes to lead cast of new BBC sitcom ‘Warren’

Martin Clunes is to lead star in a new BBC One sitcom.

Martin is best known these days for his serious role as Doc Martin in the ITV drama series.

“I had kind of told myself that I didn’t want to do another sitcom, but because this came from Hat Trick I thought it was worth a read and the script is just so funny that I didn’t want anyone else to do it.” – Martin Clunes

Warren from ‘exciting upcoming’ writing duo Paul McKenna and Jimmy Donny Cosgrove centres around the life of Warren Thompson, a pedantic driving instructor who thinks the world is against him, and is coming soon to BBC One.

Warren (Clunes) is forced to move from the south up to Preston when his partner Anne’s father falls ill. He suddenly finds himself living in an area that is not to his taste, doing a job he’s not emotionally cut out for and looking after two teenage stepsons he never wanted.

Warren loves Anne who always sees the good in him, but he has a way of knowing best and speaking his mind that leads to conflict, chaos and disaster. He’s very much rooted in the now, with a modern voice and sharp edge, the beeb further note of the titular character. 

There are no happy endings for Warren as he grapples against the problems and misunderstandings of his own making.

“BBC One mainstream comedy is our highest priority and the toughest nut to crack. We have enormous faith in Warren as the pilot 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 One sitcom.” – Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning at the BBC

In the 1990s Martin was best known for his long running role in sitcom Men Behaving Badly, first on ITV and latterly BBC One.
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