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

Doc Martin (2004)

ITV comedy drama about village life. 70 episodes (9 series), 2004 - 2019. Stars Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom and others.

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Series 3, Episode 1 - The Apple Doesn't Fall

The children of Portwenn primary school are being read a fairy story by headmistress Louisa as the grumpiest doctor in the West Country marches through the fishing village but will they need his help?

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The children of Portwenn primary school are being read a fairy story by headmistress Louisa Glasson as the grumpiest doctor in the West Country marches through the fishing village. Suddenly Louisa feels faint and passes out in front of her class.

Although she insists she is okay, Dr Ellingham is concerned she may be anaemic and asks her to see him at his surgery. Later on at the surgery she feels uncomfortable talking to him because of their shared personal history and requests a transfer to another doctor.

Louisa tries to talk about their relationship but, as usual, Dr Ellingham fails to pick up on the personal signals. He is as blunt as ever and has no words of reassurance. Any chance of romance seems doomed.

Meanwhile school dinner-lady Alison Lane is struggling to control her adolescent daughter Delph who is constantly in trouble. Alison is convinced Delph has a medical condition. But the doctor disagrees and is quick to dismiss her without treatment because, in his opinion, Delph is a delinquent in need of good parenting.

But he re-thinks his diagnosis when he begins to suspect the cause of Delph's hyperactivity might be the diet pills Alison has been buying from the pharmacist Mrs Tishell.

Delph is nearly killed when she jumps from a moving trailer and crashes through the glass door of village shop. As Martin treats Delph, he's overcome by his phobia of blood. Help is surprisingly at hand from his receptionist Pauline Lamb.

Pauline is becoming increasingly frustrated by the limitations of her job and is continually overstepping the mark by interfering with the doctor's duties.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 24th September 2007
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
    Selina Cadell Mrs Tishell
    John Marquez PC Penhale
    Stephanie Cole Joan Norton
    Katherine Parkinson Pauline Lamb
    Guest cast
    Debbie Chazen Alison Lane
    Patrick Godfrey Mr Cleary
    Maggie Tagney Mrs Lumsden (Shopkeeper)
    Jaimee Colmer Delph Lane
    Writing team
    Richard Stoneman Writer
    Production team
    Ben Bolt Director
    Philippa Braithwaite Producer
    Mark Crowdy Executive Producer
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