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 3 - Sh*t Happens

Doctor Ellingham raises the ire of the Portwenn community when he suggests the water supply may be to blame for an outbreak of violent diarrhea in the vilage.

Further details

Dr Martin Ellingham makes his debut on the local radio station, Radio Portwenn. He's not a natural in front of the microphone, and the interview is like pulling teeth for presenter Caroline. She's furious with his monosyllabic answers to her questions.

Bert Large is in dispute with his son Al over his future in the plumbing business. Al desperately wants to change career. He's determined to go to college to learn about computers and break away from the family business. His father won't hear of it.

Their row prompts Al to move out, breaking his dad's heart. Bert shares his woes with Martin, who tells him he fell out with his father too, and still doesn't speak to him.

Meanwhile, a nasty stomach bug is sweeping through Portwenn. People are dropping like flies, and filling Martin's surgery. The local pharmacist has been busy with customers seeking remedies, and he suspects the local swimming pool is too blame. Further investigations, however, suggest the village's water supply is the culprit.

After going back on air with Caroline to warn people to be careful, Martin feels the villagers' ire: a water scare a few years previously caused tourism to slump. People lost their jobs, their homes, and one resident even hanged himself.

Bert is soon round, agreeing with Ellingham about the suspicious local water, which he claims "eats through pipes". But could there be another source for the outbreak?

Broadcast details

Thursday 16th September 2004
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 5th January 2011 4:00pm ITV1
Wednesday 13th April 2011 8:00pm ITV3
Saturday 11th February 2012 8:00pm ITV3
Sunday 1st July 2012 4:00pm ITV1
Saturday 12th January 2013 7:00pm ITV3
Saturday 28th September 2013 2:05pm ITV1
Saturday 15th November 2014 8:00pm ITV3
Saturday 29th August 2015 7:00pm ITV3
Saturday 23rd January 2016 3:30pm ITV1
Saturday 26th March 2016 5:55pm ITV3
Sunday 7th August 2016 5:55pm ITV3
Monday 9th January 2017 8:00pm ITV3
Monday 10th September 2018 8:00pm ITV3
Monday 10th June 2019 8:00pm ITV3
Friday 10th April 2020 8:00pm ITV3
Monday 30th November 2020 8:00pm ITV3
Friday 8th October 2021 8:00pm ITV3
Friday 13th January 2023 8:00pm ITV3
Sunday 15th January 2023 3:55pm ITV3
Friday 12th January 2024 8:00pm ITV3

Cast & crew

Martin Clunes Dr Martin Ellingham
Caroline Catz Louisa Glasson
Ian McNeice Bert Large
Joe Absolom Al Large
Selina Cadell Mrs Tishell
Stephanie Cole Joan Norton
Stewart Wright PC Mark Mylow
Lucy Punch Elaine Denham
Jeff Rawle Roger Fenn
Guest cast
Felicity Montagu Caroline Bosman (Radio Presenter)
Polly Kemp Jean
Nicholas Day Tom Giddens
Georgie Glen Mrs Willow
Mathew Horne (as Matthew Horne) Ed Johnson
Alex Palmer Bob Thomas
Brian Abbott Headmaster
Lauretta Gavin Mrs Braithwaite
Luke Chipperfield-Outing Little Kid 1
Martin Skews Little Kid 2
Harry Morrison Andrew
Nicola Vickery Woman in Street
Kyle Borlase Ricky Willow
George Macbeth Club Kid
Laurens Edmunds Club Kid
Michael Hasler Club Kid
Iain Marshall (as Ian Marshall) Local
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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