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

Doc Martin (2004)

  • TV comedy drama
  • ITV1
  • 2004 - 2022
  • 79 episodes (10 series)

Comedy drama following the trials and tribulations of a socially challenged surgeon turned GP working in Cornwall. Stars Martin Clunes. Also features Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, Selina Cadell, John Marquez and more.

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Series 1, Episode 2 - Gentleman Prefer

Dr Ellingham raises the ire of seemingly the entire village when he sacks Elaine, who is taking out her own frustrations on her father and his fiancée. Meanwhile, Martin diagnoses former teacher Roger Fenn with a possible larynx cancer.

Further details

Dr Martin Ellingham's practice is officially open for business. Despite his disastrous introduction to life in the village of Portwenn, the former surgeon has decided to stay and give it a go. The waiting room is full of patients having tea and biscuits served by Elaine, who is busy with a personal call on the phone.

It seems that the previous GP allowed his patients to treat the surgery as a drop-in cafe, but not necessarily to seek medical treatment. Martin announces to the packed waiting room that unless they have a genuine ailment they should all leave.

Stunned, everyone shuffles out. On his way out, sour-faced former teacher Roger Fenn offers Ellingham his own words of advice, and, alarmed by the hoarse sound of Roger's voice, Martin conducts an examination. Martin tells Fenn he must be referred to a specialist for a biopsy on a neck lump, but Fenn accuses the doctor of time-wasting and storms out.

Meanwhile, Elaine has failed to gain identifying details for a hysterical mother on the phone with a sick child. As Ellingham attempts to track down the youngster, whose symptoms suggest possibly fatal appendicitis, he gives Elaine the sack for her latest bout of incompetence - but with her connections throughout the village, she'll make sure he regrets it.

Elaine's problems don't stop at her new-found unemployment though. Her widower father is due to be married in less than a fortnight and she doesn't care for his fiancée in the slightest.

Louisa is outraged with Martin's apparent failure to visit Roger in hospital. Little does she know that he and the Doc have struck up a friendship on their shared curmudgeonliness.

Broadcast details

Thursday 9th September 2004
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 4th January 2011 4:00pm ITV1
Wednesday 6th April 2011 9:00pm ITV3
Saturday 4th February 2012 8:00pm ITV3
Sunday 24th June 2012 4:35pm ITV1
Saturday 5th January 2013 8:00pm ITV3
Saturday 21st September 2013 2:05pm ITV1
Saturday 8th November 2014 8:00pm ITV3
Saturday 22nd August 2015 7:00pm ITV3
Saturday 16th January 2016 3:35pm ITV1
Friday 25th March 2016 7:00pm ITV3
Sunday 31st July 2016 6:55pm ITV3
Friday 6th January 2017 8:00pm ITV3
Monday 3rd September 2018 9:00pm ITV3
Monday 3rd June 2019 9:00pm ITV3
Friday 3rd April 2020 9:00pm ITV3
Friday 27th November 2020 8:00pm ITV3
Friday 1st October 2021 9:00pm ITV3
Friday 6th January 2023 9:00pm ITV3
Sunday 8th January 2023 4:55pm ITV3
Friday 29th December 2023 9:00pm ITV3
Saturday 30th December 2023 9:50am ITV3

Cast & crew

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
Jeff Rawle Roger Fenn
Guest cast
Nick Brimble Bruce Denham
Elizabeth Woodcock Carmen
Doreen Mantle Marianne Walker
Jimmy Gardner Eddie
Joanna Scanlan Toni Black
Vicki Pepperdine Mrs Richards
Rupert Young Adrian Pitts
Richard Pears Junior Doctor
Kyla Goody Nurse
Alexander King Bobby Richards
Melody Hunter Evans Lorna
Sophie Gomis Jade
Katherine Tozer Pamela
Richard Green Driver
Dave Lamb Courier
Sharon Sheehan Hospital Receptionist
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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