Doc Martin

Martin Clunes reprises his role as the socially challenged GP Martin Ellingham in the popular British drama series Doc Martin, which returns to TV ONE tonight for its final season.

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8:30pm Friday, March 30 on TV One

Dr Martin Ellingham is struggling to cope with new fatherhood, his relationship with his partner Louisa, and life in the small Cornish village.

In this series final, the Doc’s life takes a dramatic turn as Mrs Tishell’s crush goes too far.

After her husband announces his intention to retire so they can spend more time together, Mrs Tishell, fuelled by a cocktail of drugs, realises it’s now or never to let Doc Martin know how she feels.

However, her drastic actions put a young life in danger, as her idea of a bold romantic gesture goes wrong – with baby James in her care.

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8:30pm Friday, February 24 on TV One

Set against the stunning backdrop of Cornwall and the picture postcard village of Portwenn, Martin Clunes reprises his role of the curmudgeonly Doctor Martin Ellingham whose truculent and tactless manner upsets just about everyone.

Tonight, sleepless nights are taking their toll on Doc Martin and Louisa Glasson.

Aunt Ruth has problems of her own: she is dealing with an intruder on the farm who has stolen the hub caps from her car. Identifying the thief as Michael Dunwich who lives with his mother Shirley (Miriam Margolyes, Babe) on a neighbouring farm, Aunt Ruth decides to pay them a visit.

Meanwhile, Shirley makes an appointment with Martin to discuss the crippling stomach pains she has been suffering. When her son is out of the room, Shirley tells the doc she thinks her son is trying to poison her so he can have the farm to himself.

New receptionist Morwenna fails to make a good impression on the Doc by arriving late on her first day.

And PC Penhale is called in to investigate what could at last be a real crime.

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8:30pm Friday, February 10 on TV One

After a two-year break, Martin Clunes has returned to Cornwall for a brand new series of Doc Martin.

The new series begins with Dr Martin Ellingham struggling to cope with new fatherhood, as he embarks on a new chapter of his career, which is set to take him away from the small Cornish village.

A new GP, Dr Di Dibbs (Joanna Scanlan, Notes on A Scandal), and her husband Gavin (Robert Daws, Coronation Street), have already moved into his old surgery.

But Dr Ellingham begins to have serious doubts about the competence of Dr Dibbs, and, in his familiar tactless way, is not afraid to tell her. The doctor also faces the loss of his Aunt Joan, and has to deal with an equally cantankerous relative who comes to live in Portwenn.

The series Doc Martin is produced by Buffalo Pictures, an independent production company owned by Martin and his wife Philippa Braithwaite.

“We’re delighted so many viewers enjoy the series, as much as we enjoy filming and producing Doc Martin with the beautiful backdrop of Cornwall. Our vision is to ensure this series continues to be as fresh, different and bold as when we first went into production,” says Philippa.

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UKTV – Saturdays from 5 November, 8.30pm

Doc Martin stars the hugely talented Martin Clunes as Dr Martin Ellingham, a brilliant and highly-celebrated London surgeon who, having developed a phobia to the sight of blood, turns his back on the city and his glittering career, and moves to a sleepy Cornish fishing village to become the local doctor. Despite his surgical brilliance, Doc Martin has few interpersonal skills and his unpredictable bedside manner causes continual surprise and dismay amongst his new patients. The community is united in horror at their loathsome new GP and Doc Martin soon finds he needs all the allies he can get as he tries to negotiate his way around village life with hilarious consequences.

UKTV – Sunday 15 November, 6.30pm

Martin Clunes returns as the socially-challenged doctor in the award-winning comedy series. It’s not easy being the village GP in Portwenn as once again, Dr Martin Ellingham is the centre of calamity, drama and lingering gossip. It seems the grumpiness is acute and chronic. The bad mood is no longer in remission. All the symptoms are there, the truculence, the tactlessness, the caustic take on everyone and everything.

Doc Martin Series 3 follows the ongoing accidents, emergencies and comic mishaps in Portwenn as the good doctor bumbles through life, all the while trying to pursue his burgeoning but seemingly ill-fated romance with headmistress, Louisa Glasson.

Starring: Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly, Shakespeare in Love) and Caroline Catz (Hotel Babylon)

Doc Martin
Saturday 15 December, 8.45pm

For actor Martin Clunes, his trip to New Zealand to film the one-off drama The Man Who Lost His Head was the start of a flurry of changes in his life.

Just weeks after his return to the UK, he moved house with his family, bought himself a horse, and adopted a Labrador puppy called Arthur Colin.
“Riding in New Zealand refuelled my interest in riding, and prompted me to buy my own horse. We have two miniature Shetland ponies and we’d quite like to get some more of those. It would be fun to breed some. We are determined to have something born at home.”

But he barely had time to settle into his new Dorset home before he was heading back into the tried and true shoes of his character Dr Martin Ellingham, filming series three of the drama Doc Martin on location in Cornwall.

“The crowds have got bigger since we started filming in Port Isaac. I know I don’t live here but I do feel a little bit more at home without feeling it is my home. Now we have acquaintances here, not just the people we work with, but the people in the local garage, and the shops. It is like the relationships I have with the people in the shops near where I live, where we are on first name terms.

“But people definitely come to Port Isaac with the express purpose of visiting the set of Doc Martin. They all come up and tell us that. These are people from New Zealand, Canada, Australia and some in America who have seen the series.”

But not all the Doc Martin fans are respectful of local people’s properties and their need to lead a normal life.

“People have been peering in the windows of the house we use for the doctor’s house and knocking on the door and asking, “Is he in?”, Martin says.

“When we are filming the other side of the harbour you see people posing outside the house for pictures all day long. It is marked on the local tourist information for visitors as well, as Doc Martin’s house. It is a lovely house with beautiful views.”

In series three, it looks as though Martin Ellingham’s on-off romance with headmistress Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz) looks set to blossom at last.

“The doc’s romance with Louisa is really going very well in its strange way. He is still as grumpy as ever but he is also still as in love with Louisa as he ever was, if not more. He does kind of change a bit. He is who he is, at the end of the day. But he does dare to come out of his shell with her.”

Will the doctor get his act together and let Louisa know his feelings? Find out in series three of Doc Martin, starting tonight at 8.45pm on TV ONE.

Doc Martin – On The Edge Saturday 8 December, 8.35pm

In the small Cornish community of Portwenn, chaos is normally sparked by the truculent manner and awkward social graces of the curmudgeonly Dr Martin Ellingham, played by Martin Clunes. But in tonight’s one-off special of the award-winning comedy Doc Martin, it’s a small, rare bird that brings mayhem to the village.

In Doc Martin – On The Edge (tonight at 8.35pm on TV ONE), the peace of Portwenn is shattered by an invasion of tourists, eager for a sighting of the rare bird, which was discovered nesting on Aunt Joan’s land. Aunt Joan (Stephanie Cole, Waiting for God) wants to keep the bird a secret to protect it from prospective egg thieves. But Bert Large (Ian McNeice, Rome) lets slip to the local baker, who seizes the opportunity to revive his ailing business by making it a new attraction.
Dr Ellingham’s clumsy attempts at wooing primary school headmistress Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz, Murder in Suburbia) take a turn for the worse when he provokes Louisa’s temper by raising the spectre of her father’s charity fraud. Louisa’s father unexpectedly returns to Portwenn, and everyone – including Louisa – is suspicious of his motives.

Catz says, “Louisa gets a big shock when her dad Terry turns up out of the blue. She hasn’t seen her dad for about two years after he left Portwenn in shame over accusations about missing charity money.

“Louisa loves her dad, and although she is suspicious, she can’t turn him away when he asks if he can stay with her. Terry has been in all sorts of trouble, he’s a petty criminal.

She says Louisa loves her father and can’t turn him away – she always wants to think the best of her father: “She hopes that he has turned over a new leaf. But it’s not long before she realises Terry is there for another reason.”

Terry Glasson (Kenneth Cranham, The Line of Beauty) is caught up in a potentially explosive scam which leads to Louisa and Dr Ellingham being held hostage at gunpoint by a newcomer to the village. They are dragged to the top of a cliff by the deranged Jonathan Crozier (Chris O’Dowd, The Clinic).

“We were filming the scenes for four days at Pentire Point. It was rather puzzling for ramblers to suddenly come across this film crew with Bert Large’s battered old van perched on the edge and Martin Clunes being winched up the edge of the cliff, and the rest of us tottering precariously near the edge.

“It is absolutely beautiful up there, but I have a terrible head for heights, and I was really scared when we first started filming. I was wearing shoes that were very slippery. Once I had been there a while I got quite brave,” Catz says.

Series three of Doc Martin starts next week on TV ONE.

New Series: Doc Martin

UKTV – Sunday 7 October, 9.30pm

Martin is back as the irritable Dr Martin Ellingham, whose truculent and tactless manner causes mayhem in a small Cornish community. Once a successful surgeon, Martin was forced to give up his career in London after he acquired a debilitating fear of blood. At loose ends, he takes the job of general practitioner for the sleepy Cornish fishing village of Portwenn. But his strange blend of medical talent and complete tactlessness isn’t quite what the locals had hoped for. When last we left him, Martin had exchanged his first kiss with lovely schoolteacher Louisa Glasson, only to sabotage their budding romance by choosing that moment to criticize her dental hygiene. As series two begins, Martin is faced with a rival for Louisa’s affections when her old flame Danny arrives in Portwenn. In other series two developments, Martin’s parents pay an unexpected visit, Louisa sets her sights on becoming the new head of the primary school, and depressed Police Constable Mark Mylow falls hard for beautiful newcomer Julie.

Starring: Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly and Shakespeare in Love).