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Doc Martin. Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes). Copyright: Buffalo Pictures / Homerun Productions.

Doc Martin (2004)

ITV comedy drama. 54 episodes (7 series), 2004 - 2015. Stars Martin Clunes, Stephanie Cole, Katherine Parkinson, Stewart Wright, Tristan Sturrock, Lucy Punch, Jeff Rawle and others.

Series 8 expected in the autumn of 2017.
Series 7, Episode 7 is repeated on ITV3 on Friday at 8pm

Series 7, Episode 6 - Other People's Children

Martin and Louisa do not seem to be having much success with their therapy, so Dr Timoney advises that they should try and take things back to the beginning of their relationship and plan a date.

Full synopsis

Doc Martin. Image shows from L to R: Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz), Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes). Copyright: Buffalo Pictures / Homerun Productions.

Martin and Louisa don't seem to be having much success with their therapy, so Dr Timoney advises that they should try and take things back to the beginning of their relationship, and plan a date, and try not to let their busy lives get in the way, even though Louisa is also trying to plan James Henry's first birthday party.

A last minute request from Danny, Louisa's ex-boyfriend, brings him and seven children from London camping on Ruth's farm, supervised by Al and Bert, but they need some children from a local school to show them around: Louisa feels she has to help her old friend out, even though this further adds to her load.
Martin is not at all pleased when Danny proceeds to try and intervene in their troubled relationship.

Things are going slightly better for Mrs Tishell and Clive, though Clive worries that he will not be able to keep up, when Mrs. Tishell invites him back into the bedroom, with disastrous consequences.

Things don't start off too badly for Martin and Louisa at the restaurant, but when Danny calls saying one of his children, Jake, has gone missing, date night is effectively over. When they finally find Jake, they also find Bert's whisky still, and PC Penhale is keen to lay down the law to Bert.

Martin and Louisa are left wondering if anything will ever go right for them, when Martin uncovers a health scare at James's party, that makes all the guests leave very quickly: not even Ruth's birthday cake can keep them there.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 19th October 2015
Time
9pm
Channel
ITV
Length
60 minutes
Ratings
6.08 million viewers (28.30% audience share)

Repeats

  1. Friday 12th August 2016 at 9:00pm on ITV
  2. Saturday 3rd December 2016 at 8:00pm on ITV3
  3. Friday 18th August 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)
Selina Cadell Mrs Tishell (Pharmacist)
John Marquez PC Penhale (Policeman)
Eileen Atkins Aunt Ruth Ellingham
Jessica Ransom Morwenna Newcross
Robyn Addison Janice
Emily Bevan Dr Rachel Timoney
Guest cast
Malcolm Storry (as Malcom Storry) Clive Tishell
Buffy Davis Pippa Woodley
Tristan Sturrock Danny
Joe Reynolds Jake
Miles Roughley Harry
Jessica Emily Rose Mala
Kerry Howard Alexandra Lucas
Daniel Tuite Jerome Smith
Christabel Muir Birthday Party Parent
Kate Rawson Parent 1
Ellis Griffith Tray
Writing team
Julian Unthank Writer
Evie Bergson (as Evie Bergson-Korn) Script Editor
Lindsay Sharp Script Editor
Production team
Ben Gregor Director
Philippa Braithwaite Producer
Mark Crowdy Exec Producer
Anthony Ainsworth Production Designer
Colin Towns Composer
Nick McPhee Editor
Sandy Poustie Associate Producer

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