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.

Another series is in development.
Series 8, Episode 6 is repeated on ITV3 tomorrow at 8pm.

Doc Martin. Image shows from L to R: Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), Aunt Ruth Ellingham (Eileen Atkins).

Series 9, Episode 3 - S.W.A.L.K.

Ruth is concerned about becoming increasingly forgetful, and is even more perturbed when Martin offers to perform a mini mental state examination. Meanwhile, Louisa plans a special evening to celebrate Martin's birthday, and Al decides to throw Morwenna a surprise engagement party on the same night.

Further details

Ruth is concerned about becoming increasingly forgetful; leaving the front door open and misplacing her purse. She is even more perturbed when Martin, worried about her health, offers to perform a mini mental state examination, which confirms Ruth is showing early signs of dementia.

On top of her health worries Ruth also has an annoying neighbour, Paula, who's an animal lover. Since she's moved in there is a nuisance of cats hovering around her house, and a strange sound keeping her awake at night. But is Ruth imagining things, and could there be another reason for her forgetfulness?

It's Martin's birthday and Louisa has planned a special evening to celebrate, even though he says the Ellinghams don't do birthdays. Al decides to throw Morwenna a surprise engagement party on the same night, in an attempt to propose to Morwenna properly. PC Joe Penhale takes on the duties of organising the engagement party, but only if Al promises him he can be his best man.

Louisa has an important class presentation, as part of her tutorial group. To give it more of an informal feel, her tutor Professor Sam Bradman has decided the person presenting will host the group; this week it is Louisa and Tony.

The session doesn't go quite how Louisa hoped when a classmate is allergic to Buddy, another is upset by her presentation and Tony is diagnosed with Cushing's Disease when he accidentally wanders into Martin's Consulting Room.

The engagement party doesn't go to plan either. Mrs Tishell hi-jacks it as Martin's birthday celebration, presenting him with a birthday cake and making a speech. Then as Martin and Louisa leave the pub to have their special birthday meal Penhale accidentally whacks the door into him, knocking him to the floor.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 9th October 2019
60 minutes

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
Eileen Atkins Aunt Ruth Ellingham
Jessica Ransom Morwenna Newcross
Rosie Ede Mel Hendy
Elliott Blake James Henry
Guest cast
Angela Curran Caitlin Morgan
Julian Seager Fisherman Tom
John Hollingworth Professor Sam Bradman
Sian Thomas Paula Kemp
Morgan Val Baker Stuart Bryne
Oliver Britten Tony Williams
Amber James Audrey
Zachary Hart Kieron
Matthew Biddulph Craig
Writing team
Lindsay Sharp Script Editor
Julian Unthank Writer
Production team
Nigel Cole Director
Philippa Braithwaite Producer
Mark Crowdy Executive Producer

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