Comedy drama following the trials and tribulations of a socially challenged surgeon turned GP working in Cornwall. Stars Martin Clunes
- Dr Martin; Doctor Martin
- Comedy Drama
- 2004 - 2015 (ITV)
- 54 (7 series)
- Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, Selina Cadell, John Marquez, Eileen Atkins, Jessica Ransom, Felix Scott, Annabelle Apsion, Stephanie Cole & more
- Dominic Minghella, Charlie Martin, John Regier, Kirstie Falkous, Jack Lothian, Richard Stoneman, Edana Minghella, Nick Vivian, Ben Bolt, Keith Temple, Chris Hurford
- Buffalo Pictures
& Homerun Productions
Martin Clunes stars in this traditional and very popular family comedy drama as the socially challenged GP working in a sleepy Cornish hamlet.
After developing a phobia of blood, specialist vascular surgeon Martin Ellingham is forced into a change of career. He may have re-trained as a GP, but he still retains the aloof and tactless manner that presumably took him to specialist surgery in the first place. When he's unleashed on the sleepy Cornish fishing village of Portwenn, the inhabitants are in for a shock - they're more likely to receive cold-blooded diagnoses and personal insults than tea and sympathy.
Things do not start well. On an initial visit, he greatly disconcerts local teacher Louisa Glasson, who he then finds is on the health board that will either accept or reject him as the new doctor. Luckily she is won over. Later, Martin and Louisa fall in love and eventually - after a few false starts - get married.
Series 7: Martin and Louisa married in the last series, but their marital harmony was short lived. After a life-threatening incident, Louisa decided to take their son James Henry to stay with her mother in Spain while they try to work out their problems.
Our Review: Doc Martin always looked set to be a hit, however things got off to a rocky start: the show was originally produced as a television movie on Sky but the project was dropped by the channel. The creators then decided to take the show to ITV, but they didn't want the format as it was. Instead, the programme needed new characters and a different approach to the story.
Eventually Doc Martin made it to air. The first series went out during the autumn of 2004 and was an instant hit with viewers. The nasty doctor had won his place in the nation's hearts.
The acting within the series is unquestionably brilliant, however one fault that could be levelled at the show is that the characters appear to be flexible in their personalities and reactions to situations. This may be due to the fact that the programme is written by a team of writers, rather than the traditional single writer.
With audiences regularly between 8 and 10 million, Doc Martin is one of ITV's biggest hits and looks likely to be around for quite some time to come. ITV have made it very clear they'd be happy to have a Series 7 - Martin Clunes just needs to say 'yes' to that now.