DRG Lines Up Deals With ABC For ‘Doc Martin’ & ‘Plebs’

The latest season of Doc Martin is heading to Australia. International distributor DRG has licensed the show’s ninth season, which just recently started airing the UK on ITV, to the ABC. Additionally, they have also sold the fifth season of ITV2’s Plebs to the ABC in Australia and Comedy Central in New Zealand.

Created by Dominic Minghella, Doc Martin follows Dr. Martin Ellingham, the GP with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood. The drama series is produced by Buffalo Pictures and stars Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Eileen Atkins, Ian McNeice, John Marquez, Jessica Ransom, Joe Absolom and Selina Cadell.

In the show’s ninth season, Doc’s career is hanging in the balance. His future as a GP is under scrutiny from the General Medical Council following complaints about his irascible approach to patients. Philippa Braithwaite is the executive producer. The director’s for season nine are Nigel Cole and Charlie Palmer.

Created by Sam Leifer and Tom Basden, Plebs is set in Ancient Rome and follows three under achievers, all of whom are on a desperate quest to live the ‘when in Rome’ mantra to the full in the empire’s most exciting city. The comedy series is produced by Rise Films and stars Tom Rosenthal, Ryan Sampson, Tom Basden, Ellie Taylor, Maureen Lipman, Karl Theobald, Samantha Spiro and Danny Webb.

As TVWise previously reported, Amanda Holden is joining the cast for season five. She plays Rufina, a lusty aristocrat at a banquet, who sets her sights on Jason, the gatecrashing pleb, making him her plaything for the evening. Guest stars for season five include Emilia Fox, Tony Robinson, John Thomson, Tracy Ann Oberman, Kevin Bishop, Leo Gregory, Nigel Lindsay and Phil Davis. Teddy Leifer is the series producer, while Sam Leifer is directing. Caroline Leddy is the executive producer.