Foyle’s War, Doc Martin & Agatha Christie all coming back this year

by Lynn Connolly

ITV has announced that it’s re-commissioned of some of its most popular dramas, all of which are set for production over the next couple of month.

The much loved Foyle’s War, created by Anthony Horowitz and starring Michael Kitchen, will return with three new style episodes; It’s June 1945 and while VE Day has been celebrated in Britain, the war continues elsewhere in the world.

Like everyone else, Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle needs to feel his way in this new world. Keen to retire, but bound to his old job by the shortage of senior men, Foyle is thrust into the dangerous worlds of international conspiracy and execution, military racism and national betrayal…

Producer Jill Green says: “This fascinating period post-VE day has rarely been featured on TV and once more Foyle’s War will be unearthing true stories that reflect tougher, moodier times.”

Next, the fabulous Martin Clunes reprises his role as the curmudgeonly Doc Martin in the new eight-part series to be filmed – as always – in Cornwall. The last series featuring the dyspeptic doctor peaked with nine million viewers, so it’s little wonder ITV are makikng another series!

In the new series the Doc’s struggling to maintain his life as a GP after his wedding day disaster with school headmistress Louisa. She’s left the village, and he’s starting to question whether this is where he wants to stay, until an old friend turns up…

Producer Philippa Braithwaite says: “We are delighted to be returning to Cornwall to make this fourth series. There are plenty of surprises in store for the Doc, and compelling story lines.”

Also, eight new Agatha Christie films have been ordered by Director of Drama Laura Mackie, including the iconic Murder On The Orient Express which was famously made for the big screen in the early 70s.

This new film, and three other original Agatha Christie Poirots, will feature David Suchet as the fastidious Belgian detective Hercule Poirot as well as an all-star supporting cast. At the same time, Julia Mackenzie – who later this year will make her first appearance as Jane Marple – will begin production on four new films.

Mathew Prichard, Chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd and Agatha Christie’s grandson says: “These eight films will make a spectacular addition to ITV’s Agatha Christie library, and wonderful viewing for ITV drama fans and Agatha Christie lovers everywhere.”

ITV’s Director of Drama Laura Mackie says: “I’m delighted that we’re continuing with three of ITV’s biggest and most popular brands, featuring some of Britain’s best loved acting talent.”

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.