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Martin Clunes mocked Tory eurosceptic Mark Francois with brutal joke

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Martin Clunes is starring in ‘Martin Clunes: My Travels and Other Animals’ – an ITV series in which he reviews his animal travelogues – and the scenes, people, and creatures that meant most to him across the years. Episodes include Clunes learning how to look after vulnerable creatures, as well as his efforts to train his Labrador puppy. Clunes has also found time in his career for more provocative exploits, including his fiery joke directed at Tory MP Mark Francois.

Hosting Have I Got News For You in October 2019, Clunes and co were discussing Francois’ objection to David Cameron’s memoirs, which the MP said he would not be buying.

The Telegraph’s Michael Deacon reported at the time that “Mark Francois says he will not be buying David Cameron’s memoirs because at a book stall he searched through the index for his name and couldn’t find it.”

Clunes then took aim at Francois, saying: “Arch-Tory-eurosceptic, Mark Francois, said he wouldn’t be buying Cameron’s memoirs because ‘I went to the index, I went down to F & looked for my name & it wasn’t there.

“Should have looked under C, mate.”

Clunes rarely intervenes in politics, but he also lambasted the “s***storm” government in a rant in 2019.

He said his role in a detective drama ‘Manhunt’ had “opened his eyes” to the work the police do and “how many people and how much energy there is on [the force]”.

He added: “We thought it was a good time maybe to tell that story.

“I was playing the SIO [senior investigating officer], and I didn’t know what that was so I wanted to see how the rest of the team were towards him, and how he was towards them.

“We filled our boots and you just come away thinking: ‘Thank God we’ve got a police force.’

“But we won’t have if this current s**** storm of a government have their way.”

Clunes is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, best known for his breakout role as Gary in 90s hit Men Behaving Badly he has been a permanent fixture on our screens ever since.

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Following his success on the hit BBC show, where he appeared alongside Neil Morrisey, Martin, 59, has gone on to forge a highly successful TV career.

The actor has become a household name over the years appearing in dozens of television series as well as narrating and starring a number of travel series for TV.

He has starred in the title role of the long running, popular comedy drama Doc Martin since 2004.

The 10th and final season of the popular ITV series was supposed to wrap this year but has been put back to 2022 due to Covid-19 restrictions making it difficult to make the show.

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