IF ever there was a place to have a bad fall, you’d want it to be surrounded by doctors.
Unfortunately for ITV favourite Ian McNeice, the only person holding a stethoscope was fellow actor Martin Clunes.
I’m told Ian, who plays Bert Large in Doc Martin, took a dramatic tumble this week while filming with Martin on location in Port Isaac, Cornwall.
A member of the public who saw the incident unfold said he tripped while stepping off set, buckling over a lighting rig.
Paramedics went to his aid on set, and had to give him the onceover to make sure he hadn’t suffered any long-term effects.
Onlookers had initially feared the worst, but Ian was just very shaken.
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A tourist, who asked not to be named, said: “At first everyone thought Ian had died.
"He hit the deck really hard and with an almighty thump.
“Thankfully, paramedics — real ones and not actors — were quickly on-hand to make sure he was OK.
“Everyone feared the worst when they first saw him lose his footing and go down.
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"The cameras stopped rolling and his safety was clearly the priority.
“He looked a bit embarrassed, understandably, but was a real pro about it all.
"It didn’t sour the experience of watching our favourite show get filmed.”
Ian has played Bert, an entrepreneurial plumber, in the series since 2004 and was back on location this week as filming started on the tenth and final series.
The show, which is criminally underrated and still a ratings hit for the channel, follows Men Behaving Badly’s Martin as Doctor Martin Ellingham in the fictional village of Portwenn.
Doc Martin decided to resign as the village’s GP in the last series, due to having his career scrutinised by the General Medical Council over of his phobia of blood.
It’s lucky for Ian the real medics weren’t so queasy.
MEL'S WEE BIT OF DRAMA
IT’S all kicking off on tonight’s The Lateish Show as Mo Gilligan hosts guests Paddy McGuinness, comics Mel Giedroyc and Nick Mohammed and rapper Lethal Bizzle on Channel 4.
Mel got the biggest audience reaction, recalling an incident when she and Sue Perkins were at the Edinburgh Festival and she got caught short, peeing in a bucket backstage.
Mel says of Sue: “She left the stage and came back on with a bucket.
“She then got an enormous brush into the bucket and started blessing the audience – with my wee wee.”
COMIC Joe Lycett is celebrating queer culture with a Birmingham- based extravaganza from his home city.
Channel 4’s Big Pride Party later this summer will have celebrity guests including Olly Alexander and Rupert Everett, plus musical performances from Boy George and Steps.
ALEX HAS A KOREA IN TRAVEL
ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG plans to take his Channel 5 travelogue truly global after Covid forced him to contain it to Iceland in series one.
The Pointless presenter will fly to South Korea for his next adventure, taking in the sights and sounds of the land that gave us Gangnam Style, Squid Game and K-pop.
Alexander will explore the awesome Gyeongbokgung Palace and ultra-hi-tech cities where robots serve chicken in restaurants.
There is even a visit a “poo café” where everything, including the teacups, is toilet-inspired.
He said: “I felt it was time to burrow into somewhere truly – and excitingly – different.
“South Korea is a country that has leapt to cultural significance in the last ten years and yet we still know so little about it.”
Amid all this travel chaos, I’d settle for Marbs.
I’M A Celebrity star and Radio 1 presenter Jordan North is heading to the wilderness as host of new BBC Three series Warrior Island.
Currently filming on an island paradise, the series will follow eight young people who are cut off from the modern world in a month-long challenge.
ARIELLE FREES AJ TO WOW
QUIRKY ITV2 gameshow Apocalypse Wow will be presented by Love Island podcast host Arielle Free after AJ Odudu handed over the keys to the Torture Dome.
AJ had become far too busy for the show, which returns on June 24, after winning through to the final of Strictly made her hot property.
A source said: “These shows on ITV2, E4 and the like are a training ground for talent and Apocalypse Wow set AJ on the path to stardom.
"I don’t think anyone expected her to have time in her jam-packed diary post-Strictly to return.”
Celebs who will take part under Arielle include Amir Khan, Tinchy Stryder, Real Housewife Tanya Bardsley, and former Islander Eyal Booker.
JESSICA KNAPPETT finally got to spend time with co-star Romesh Ranganathan on BBC1 comedy Avoidance, which starts tonight.
She said: “I’d worked with Rom on Judge Romesh.
But we got more down time on Avoidance and now know probably too much about each other, if anything."
NOEL’S BIOPIC DREAD
NOEL GALLAGHER says he dreads the day an Oasis biopic is made – after watching Danny Boyle’s “cringey” Disney+ show Pistol that charts the Sex Pistols story.
He said: “I can see why John Lydon would lose his s**t over it.
"Biopics are written by and acted out by people who are not in bands.
"They’re portraying what they think it must be like to be in a band, right? “So they’re coming out with all the cliches . . .
“I dread, in advance, the Oasis biopic.
"It’ll be like I’ll be bursting in with a song and there’ll be just fights and f*ing snorting coke, that’s how we will be portrayed.
“When actually, we were just normal lads.”
Normal lads make for great telly too, Noel.
SPANX A LOT, EM
IT sounds like Tom Allen and Emma Willis have become remarkably close since teaming up to host Cooking With The Stars.
Tom has revealed he borrowed some of his pal’s figure-hugging undies so he could continue to scoff all the tasty food on the ITV set.
The comic confessed: “My jackets were not doing up.
“I was expanding just around my middle so I wore these reinforced gussets, what are called Spanx.
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“Emma lent me hers – she doesn’t need them, but I did.
“After a little time of pushing myself into them, they were wonderful, really wonderful, and that meant I could keep eating.”
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