Doc Martin. Image shows from L to R: Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz), Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes).

Doc Martin (2004)

ITV comedy drama about village life. 62 episodes (8 series), 2004 - 2017. Stars Martin Clunes, Buffy Davis, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice and others.

Another series is in development.
Series 2, Episode 3 is repeated on ITV3 on Monday at 8pm.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Going Bodmin

Doctor Martin Ellingham, new to Cornwall and the fishing village of Portwenn, doesn't have the easiest of starts when every aspect of local life seems to go against the grain, and male patients appear to be growing breasts.

Further details

Doctor Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) has given up his career as an eminent London surgeon and retrained as a GP. A vacancy arises in the Cornish village of Portwenn following the death of the local doctor. Martin has fond memories of the little fishing port where he spent happy childhood holidays with his Aunt Joan, and makes the move south-west some 30 years since his last visit.

Flying down to interview for the post, Martin takes a close interest in a woman whom he is sitting opposite. His intense scrutiny unsettles the woman and she moves down the cabin, after a few annoyed words.

When he arrives to be interviewed, he finds the woman is schoolteacher Louisa Glasson, the lay member of the interviewing panel. Louisa is particularly tough in her questioning of Martin. As he leaves the interview Louisa begins to offer a stern warning on his conduct in the village - and Martin advises Louisa to see an eye specialist as he has detected acute glaucoma.

However, Martin quickly finds that the idyllic seaside life he had imagined is not forthcoming: the interview was the easy part. He is faced with hostile locals unwilling to play by his rules, a surgery out of the 1850s, crazed drivers, a stray dog, annoying youths - and a curious case of local men growing breasts. All before helping to wreck the marriage of two pillars of the community.

He's not even formally opened his practice yet, and Doctor Ellingham has already had more than he can take of Portwenn...

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 2nd September 2004
Time
9pm
Channel
ITV
Length
60 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Martin Clunes Dr Martin Ellingham
    Caroline Catz Louisa Glasson
    Ian McNeice Bert Large
    Joe Absolom Al Large
    Stephanie Cole Joan Norton
    Stewart Wright PC Mark Mylow
    Lucy Punch Elaine Denham
    Guest cast
    Celia Imrie Susan Brading
    Richard Johnson Colonel Gilbert Spencer
    Felicity Montagu Caroline Bosman (Radio Presenter)
    Vincent Franklin Chris Parsons
    Finlay Robertson Ross
    Eddie Webber Mover
    Paul Worden Fisherman 1
    Roy Wilson Fisherman 2
    Richard Harvey Bob
    Hamish Hamilton Marcus
    Mackenzie Thorpe Courier
    Writing team
    Dominic Minghella Writer
    Production team
    Ben Bolt Director
    Philippa Braithwaite Producer
    Mark Crowdy Executive Producer
    Nick McPhee Editor
    Anthony Ainsworth Production Designer
    Colin Towns Composer
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