Martin Clunes in Doc Martin.

In news sure to warm the cockles of ABC-watching Doc Martin fans across the country, English actor Martin Clunes will voyage around Australia’s islands for a new documentary series produced by Prospero Productions and Buffalo Pictures for Seven. 

Martin Clunes: Islands of Oz "turns the spotlight on the world’s biggest island, Australia, which is surrounded by its own vast ring of islands – more than 8,000 of them", according to a statement. 

The series promises to be "a voyage around the adventure playgrounds, the best-kept secrets and the astonishing surprises of the islands of Australia". 

“I’ve always been fascinated by islands, each one a microcosm that tells us something different about our world, and Australia’s islands have it all,” said Clunes. 

“Exotic creatures, spectacular marine life and of course the different people who inhabit them – their sheer diversity is truly amazing.” 

Production on the show recently commenced on Australia’s East Coast, and the series will air on Seven later this year. 

In its seventh season on the ABC, Doc Martin also airs in Australia on 7TWO.

Clunes has made a number of wildlife documentaries, including Martin Clunes and A Lion Called Mugie and Islands of Britain for ITV in 2009.

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