Martin Clunes pictured on Norfolk Island in a scene from the TV series Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia.
Martin Clunes pictured on Norfolk Island in a scene from the TV series Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia. Channel 7

A little piece of Australia in Martin Clunes' backyard

MARTIN Clunes traveled to many remote corners of our sun burnt country for his new TV series Islands of Australia.

But there's one piece of the country the Doc Martin star has taken back with him to his UK home, and not it's not sand or seashells.

"Fell in love with the Norfolk Island pines. I kept seeing them popping up around Australia," Clunes told APN.

"My wife bought me one last year because I was banging on about it so much. It's still in a little pot.

"I was in South Africa the other week and there were a few in Johannseburg. They're indigenous to that beautiful little island in the middle of the ocean, so it's weird seeing them somewhere like Johannesburg."

Clunes is in the country this week to promote the three the three-part travel series which premieres on Friday on Channel 7.

He visited 16 islands, out of Australia's more than 8000, for the show. He hosted the similar series Islands of Britain in 2009.

"When you look for these islands you want to find out what's different about every island, but you can't avoid to seeing the commonality of island life," he said.

"The sorts of things you come away being most impressed by are the people and their sense of community and their care for one another in a world where care seems to be out of fashion."

Marin Clunes: Islands of Australia premieres on Friday at 8.30pm on Channel 7.



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