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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, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom and others.

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Series 6, Episode 2 - Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?

Martin and Louisa invite the chairman of her school's board of governors for dinner, but the evening ends in disaster.

Full synopsis

Doc Martin. Mike Pruddy (Felix Scott). Copyright: Buffalo Pictures / Homerun Productions.

It is Louisa's first day back at school and their new child minder, Mel, is late for work. When Mel finally does arrive Martin is dubious about handing James over to this woman who is constantly scratching. That evening Martin has to go to the school concert. He tries to be sociable and ends up inviting Dennis Dodds over for dinner. Dennis is the chairman of the school's board of governors and in Louisa's opinion he is a pain in the neck.

The next day Martin insists the new nanny has a medical appointment to diagnose the cause of the itch. When he tells Mel the cause is an infection which is common in fat people, she is furious and hands in her notice leaving Martin holding the baby. Martin has to look after James whilst trying to see to patients.

Mike Pruddy turns up to check on the electrics, he is a natural with James and Martin gets Mike to look after James for the rest of the day.

Ruth has been roped into doing a phone-in programme on Radio Portwenn with Caroline the DJ. A listener called 'Cliff' phones in saying he finds it difficult to make friends. 'Cliff' is really PC Penhale, but Ruth is unaware of this. Ruth gives Cliff some advice: to make friends you have to be nice to people, so Penhale goes into nice overdrive.

When Louisa learns that Martin got a stranger to look after James, she is furious. The argument erupts just as Dennis and his wife Karen arrive for dinner, both looking like they have had a bit to drink. The dinner is a little awkward and Martin looks down on both Karen and Dennis for drinking, which irritates Louisa.

When James starts crying Louisa goes up to check on him, telling Martin to come with her. Louisa admonishes Martin for being rude to their guests, but admits that both Dennis and Karen are annoying and have a drink problem. As they head downstairs they enter a stoney cold silence and twig that the baby monitor is on... Dennis and Karen heard everything!

Morwenna is feeling lonely, she misses living with her grandfather. She is also struggling to pay the bills, so she decides to advertise for a lodger. But when Crystal and her boyfriend turn up or the room Morwenna quickly turns them down as completely unsuitable. Bert drops a bombshell on Al; he has rented out Al's room to visiting tourists and Al is going to have to share a room with his old dad.

After a sleepless night next to a snoring Bert, Al realises he needs to find somewhere else to live. He hears Morwenna is looking for a lodger.

The next day PC Penhale is on his charm offensive in a bid to win friends. He flatters Dennis and even continues to be nice after Dennis accidentally crashes into his police car. Penhale presumes that Dennis is drunk as he is slurring and stumbling and asks him nicely to do a breathaliser test, but a furious Dennis won't cooperate. Mr Nice Guy Penhale snaps and forces Dennis to do the test, which turns out to be negative.

Louisa tries to apologise to Dennis for the night before; but Dennis is full of anger after crashing into PC Penhale's vehicle and being falsely accused of drink driving. They have an argument and Dennis falls off his balcony. Louisa calls Martin. Dennis isn't seriously hurt, but Martin realises that Dennis has slow reflexes and has Parkinson's disease, not a drink problem.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 9th September 2013
Time
9pm
Channel
ITV
Length
60 minutes
Ratings
7.17 million viewers (31.60% audience share)

Repeats

  1. Friday 18th July 2014 at 9:00pm on ITV
  2. Friday 28th November 2014 at 8:00pm on ITV3
  3. Friday 12th June 2015 at 9:00pm on ITV
  4. Thursday 14th January 2016 at 8:00pm on ITV3
  5. Saturday 10th September 2016 at 8:00pm on ITV3
  6. Monday 22nd May 2017 at 8:00pm on ITV3

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Martin Clunes Dr Martin Ellingham (General Practioner)
Caroline Catz Louisa Glasson (Teacher)
Ian McNeice Bert Large (Plumber & Restaurant Owner)
Joe Absolom Al Large (Plumber & Restaurant Owner)
John Marquez PC Penhale (Policeman)
Eileen Atkins Aunt Ruth Ellingham
Jessica Ransom Morwenna Newcross
Felix Scott Mike Pruddy
Guest cast
Felicity Montagu Caroline Bosman (Radio Presenter)
Rosie Ede Mrs Paris
Maggie Tagney Mrs Lumsden (Shopkeeper)
Buffy Davis Pippa Woodley
Richard Cordery Dennis Dodds
Katie Lyons Karen Dodds
Julian Seager Fisherman
Scott Fleming Mr Tinner
Kate Rawson Mother
Natasha Starkey Crystal
Ben Callon Stu
Iain Marshall Postman
Writing team
Ben Bolt Writer
Claire Poulson Script Editor
Production team
Nigel Cole Director
Philippa Braithwaite Producer
Mark Crowdy Exec Producer
Anthony Ainsworth Production Designer
Jane Broomfield Production Designer
Colin Towns Composer
Nick McPhee Editor

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