ITV horse around with Martin Clunes

Doc Martin actor Martin Clunes is to take ITV viewers on a tour of the secrets of man’s partnership with horses in Horsepower – a new documentary series for ITV1 produced by his own company, Buffalo Pictures.




Described by ITV as a fascinating journey” the former Men Behaving Badly star will look into every aspect of the relationship between human and horse. The new series follows on from Clunes’ previous documentaries for the broadcaster Martin Clunes: A man and his Dogs and Islands of Britain.


The show travels “from remotest Mongolia to the deserts of Arabia; to see the enigmatic wild Mustangs in Nevada, and watch the thrills and spills of rodeo in Las Vegas. Say ITV.


“He finds out what life in the saddle is like for cowboys out west and rides into battle on horseback in a suit of armour at Warwick Castle. He is given in a crash course in snow polo in Colorado and joins the pomp and ceremony as horses and carriages are prepared for the State opening of Parliament.” The broadcaster adds.


It is suggested that no other animal has played such an important part in human history as profoundly as the horse.  For 6,000 years there was no faster way to travel and the four legged warrior has helped us to win battles and build empires. It also pulled our carts, ploughed our fields and carried our heavy burdens.  It’s been called the best slave we humans ever had – though that does not do justice to the rich and mutually rewarding relationship that’s possible.


As part of the documentary Martin is a special guest at the world’s most glamorous and lavish racing event in Dubai, and watches the colourful Palio horse race in Italy, which dates back to the 1200’s. Clunes’ travels hope to unravels the story of how man and horse first got together, what the horse has done for us through the ages, and what the horse still means to us today.


“I  wanted to find out how this animal became so important to us.  How did we manage to tame such a huge, fearful prey animal and make it both our servant and our friend,” says Martin.


Martin is passionate about horses, and keeps seven of them at home on his farm.  He regularly rides his favourite horse, a huge Hanoverian called Chester.  His production company, Buffalo Pictures, owns a thoroughbred, Buffalo Stampede.