Martin Clunes Has Revealed That He Spoke To Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh About His New ITV Show Before His Death

In Martin Clunes Islands of the Pacific, the actor and TV presenter embarks on a journey ‘in search of the real Pacific’, as he wished to follow in the footsteps of explorers he learnt about as a child.

Speaking in a new interview, he explained that certain scenes had to be changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, such as referencing the virus in voiceovers, as filming took place near the end of 2019 before lockdowns and restrictions began in the UK.

One particular section that had to be changed was a section involving the Yakel people, who looked up to Prince Philip as a god-like figure.

Prince Philip died in April 2021 at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle

Speaking to Radio Times, Martin said: ‘Another thing we had to change was a section with the Yakel people, who for many years have seen the Duke of Edinburgh as a god.

‘Those scenes were filmed before Prince Philip died, so what seemed amusing when he was alive is much more poignant now.’

After he visited the tribe, the Doc Martin star said that he contacted the duke, who fostered a respectful 50-year relationship with the group.

‘I reached out to the Duke when I got back, and sent him a photo of me with the whole tribe under a huge tree, and I said his influence was obviously a force for good as they were absolutely charming,’ Martin said.

‘And he sent a message back saying he was glad I enjoyed my time there.’

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The 60-year-old outlined how the pandemic caused delays to the production, resulting in the team having to make ‘huge changes’ to the series.

‘For one, we had to go back and do new voiceovers referencing Covid, because we had to justify why we weren’t all wearing masks, and why we did certain things – for instance, on Vanuatu we were invited to a kava ceremony, where this narcotic root is chewed by virgin boys then spat into a cloth and wrung out and shared in a communal bowl. I’m not sure we’d do that now,’ he stated.

Martin Clunes Islands of the Pacific begins on Thursday January 13 at 9pm on ITV.

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