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
  • ITV
  • 2004 - 2019
  • 70 episodes (9 series)

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

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Series 1, Episode 4 - The Portwenn Effect

It's the Portwenn Players dance, an auspicious event in the village's social calendar. PC Mark's male worries are exaccerbated when Louise invites him to go. Martin heads up to the moor to see ranger Stewart.

Further details

It's the Portwenn Players dance, an auspicious event in the village's social calendar, and Bert is in charge of selling tickets. Louisa buys two tickets and invites Martin. But Martin doesn't do dancing, and most certainly doesn't do social occasions.

Even Bert with his sharp sales tactics can't persuade him. Louisa offers her spare ticket to Mark. He thinks it must be his lucky day, especially when Bert suggests that Louisa fancies him.

On a school wildlife trip, Louisa has to deal with troublesome ten-year-old Peter Cronk. He's a clever boy, but sees little point in such trivialities as common bird life.

He's determined to wreck the trip to Mrs Potter's house where the children are learning about bird life. Sure enough when Mrs Potter steps into her garden she finds her prized bird tables have been smashed, and Peter is the prime suspect.

Back at the surgery, Doctor Ellingham is unamused to have to pay a visit to an able-bodied man, park ranger Stewart James, who lives in a lodge out on the moors. When he gets there he finds Stewart residing with his partner of sorts, Anthony - a giant 6 ft red squirrel. Surely he'll have to be sectioned?

Broadcast details

Thursday 23rd September 2004
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 6th January 2011 4:00pm ITV
Wednesday 13th April 2011 9:00pm ITV3
Saturday 18th February 2012 8:00pm ITV3
Sunday 8th July 2012 4:30pm ITV
Saturday 12th January 2013 8:00pm ITV3
Saturday 5th October 2013 1:20pm ITV
Saturday 22nd November 2014 8:00pm ITV3
Saturday 5th September 2015 7:00pm ITV3
Saturday 30th January 2016 3:30pm ITV
Sunday 27th March 2016 5:50pm ITV3
Sunday 7th August 2016 7:00pm ITV3
Friday 13th January 2017 8:00pm ITV3
Monday 10th September 2018 9:00pm ITV3
Monday 10th June 2019 9:00pm ITV3
Friday 10th April 2020 9:00pm ITV3
Tuesday 1st December 2020 8:00pm ITV3
Friday 8th October 2021 9:00pm 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
Mary Woodvine Joy Cronk
Kurtis O'Brien Peter Cronk
Guest cast
Ben Miller Stewart James
Bill Thomas Robin Thornton
Isabelle Barker Mrs Potter
Brian Abbott Headmaster
TJ Holmes Rundle
Carol MacReady Mrs Beckett
Anna Keaveney Mrs Cooke
Writing team
Dominic Minghella Writer
Production team
Ben Bolt Director
Philippa Braithwaite Producer
Mark Crowdy Executive Producer
Catherine Creed Editor
Anthony Ainsworth Production Designer
Colin Towns Composer

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