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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.

Catch-up on Episode 8 on ITV Hub   Series 6, Episode 1 is repeated on ITV3 today at 8pm

Press Clippings

A starry but sleepy series finale: Doc Martin, review

This ever-popular, televisual equivalent of a hot water bottle returns for a ninth and final series next year. It's so gentle that it could end by simply nodding off.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 8th November 2017

The curse of the penultimate episode in a comedy-drama season: setting up the big storyline that will power the finale means there is too much dramatic legwork and not enough comic relief. The supporting players in this show are too good, however, for there to be no pleasure. Everything John Marquez says as dumb copper Joe Penhale is funny, so pressing him into service as an umpire-commentator for Portwenn's annual, injury-plagued gig race is gold.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 1st November 2017

The gentle comedy series continues. Day-to-day life is complicated by Dr Ellingham's uniquely abrupt people skills and the strands of the plot stretch out from there. Tonight, Morwenna's absence from work becomes a dubious research opportunity for her replacement, while there is friction on Louisa's course when an ex-pupil shows up. And what is up with her co-student Tina, exactly? In other news, Al and Morwenna go glamping, with faintly humorous consequences.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 25th October 2017

Doc Martin review

The first five minutes of Doc Martin (ITV, Wednesday) always have a whiff of Casualty (BBC1, Saturday) about it.

David Stephenson, The Daily Express, 22nd October 2017

A particularly fine episode of a comedy-drama that has 5 million discerning fans. Yes, it's quaint and tells the same tale every time, but the array of reliably funny minor characters gives it more laugh-out-loud moments every week than most sitcoms. At its centre tonight is Caroline Quentin as the rogue veterinarian Angela, whose blase approach to both the disruptive behaviour and scarlet fever of her nephew Toby (Rocco Peacock) results in a classic DM clifftop caper.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 18th October 2017

Meet the doggy stars of Doc Martin

Doc Martin animal trainer Sonia Turner has revealed that there will be not one but two star dogs in tonight's episode of the hit ITV drama.

TV Times, 11th October 2017

Eileen Atkins: 'I wish Aunt Ruth was even ruder!'

Eileen Atkins tells TV Times, the fun fan reactions to her stern character, and why she would love to see Aunt Ruth's traits played up even further, with a bit of extra tartness thrown in...

TV Times, 3rd October 2017

Doc Martin is like receiving a warm hug

The ever-excellent Eileen Atkins is often underused as Aunt Ruth but here she was given some proper acting to do.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 27th September 2017

This week's visit to Cornwall finds Martin suspicious that Crab & Lobster landlord Ken (Clive Hollister), a recovering alcoholic, may be back on the sauce. Why else should he show symptoms of having fluid on the liver? Elsewhere, Ruth considers selling her farm, Art Malik guests as a B&B guest suffering from adult-onset asthma and Louisa considers a career change. Martin, a man who treats any kind of change with huge suspicion, isn't keen on the idea.

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 27th September 2017

Two years Doc Martin's been off our screens and I find, somewhat head-scratchingly, that I've somewhat missed it. A rather welcome fainting lady vicar came to town, and failed to marry dunderhead Joe, and Al's fat dad poisoned everyone, and thus all was back to normal among the usual yahoos and googans of Portwenn.

At heart, despite the clotted-cream fantasies, this still revolves around the Doc and the fact that the problem of living in any paradise, anywhere, will always, surely, simply be people and relationships. At one point, poor Louisa asked her husband, famously filter-free to the point I'm always staggered he passed any GMC screenings, of their son, James Henry: "Do you think he likes me?" Answers the now-peerless Martin Clunes: "Who knows?" A tragedy stuck inside a comedy, as so many fine British comedies have ever been at heart.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 24th September 2017

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