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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.

Series 4, Episode 2 - Uneasy Lies The Head

Martin struggles to deal with Louisa's news. But Louisa is adamant she does not want Martin involved.

Full synopsis

Doc Martin. Mr Strain (David Haig). Copyright: Buffalo Pictures / Homerun Productions.

Martin's first patients are Pauline's Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Jennie. They are trying for a baby but cannot conceive. Uncle Jimmy gets inexplicably angry with Martin. Martin sends them to Truro so Edith, who is a fertility specialist, can assess them.

Louisa applies for a teaching post at the local school, and is interviewed by the new Headmaster. She gets the job, but notices that the Headmaster is acting strangely. He has an arm that rises up into the air without him seeming to notice it.

Martin's Aunt Joan is scathing of Martin's attitude towards Louisa. But when Martin tries to talk to Louisa, he can't help himself and angers her with his old-fashioned views.

Louisa also has a frosty encounter with Mrs Tishell, who disapproves of her. The Headmaster comes to see Martin about his constipation, but starts acting in a paranoid manner. Martin notices the Head's strange physical behaviour for the first time, but before he can complete his examination, the Head rushes from the Surgery.

Uncle Jimmy's test results come back showing he has dangerous levels of testosterone in his blood, and after initial anger, Jimmy makes a tearful and surprising confession to Martin.

Louisa goes to hospital for a routine check-up and discovers that Edith is going to be her doctor. Louisa learns something about Martin and Edith's relationship during medical school that shocks her.

Louisa returns to her school and discovers that the Headmaster has taken her pupils down to the treacherous rockpools of Roscarrock Cove for a nature walk. Quickly finding the children and attempting to alert Martin via her mobile, Louisa soon finds herself in danger.

Broadcast details

Sunday 27th September 2009
60 minutes


  1. Friday 16th July 2010 at 9:00pm on ITV
  2. Saturday 19th November 2011 at 8:00pm on ITV3
  3. Monday 12th November 2012 at 9:00pm on ITV3
  4. Thursday 28th November 2013 at 8:00pm on ITV3
  5. Saturday 15th March 2014 at 8:00pm on ITV3
  6. Saturday 31st January 2015 at 3:10pm on ITV
  7. Saturday 11th April 2015 at 7:00pm on ITV3
  8. Tuesday 17th November 2015 at 8:00pm on ITV3
  9. Saturday 21st May 2016 at 7:00pm on ITV3
  10. Thursday 24th November 2016 at 8:00pm on ITV3
  11. Friday 24th March 2017 at 8:00pm on ITV3

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Martin Clunes Dr Martin Ellingham
Caroline Catz Louisa Glasson
Ian McNeice Bert Large
Joe Absolom Al Large
Selina Cadell Mrs Tishell
John Marquez PC Penhale
Stephanie Cole Joan Norton
Katherine Parkinson Pauline Lamb
Lia Williams Edith Montgomery
Guest cast
Kyla Goody Nurse
David Haig Mr Strain (Headteacher)
Clara Salaman Aunt Jennie
Roger Morlidge Uncle Jimmy
Sara Weymouth School Secretary
John Macneill Landlord
Jane Spurr Patient
Claire Morrissey Teacher
Writing team
Ben Bolt Writer
Robert Leedham Script Editor
Production team
Ben Bolt Director
Philippa Braithwaite Producer
Mark Crowdy Executive Producer
Nick McPhee Editor
Andrew Purcell Production Designer
Colin Towns Composer

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