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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

Date
Sunday 27th September 2009
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
    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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