Trials and tribulations of a socially challenged doctor in Cornwall, England

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Series cast summary:
 Dr. Martin Ellingham (54 episodes, 2004-2015)
 Louisa Glasson / ... (54 episodes, 2004-2015)
 Bert Large (54 episodes, 2004-2015)
 Al Large (49 episodes, 2004-2015)
 PC Joe Penhale (39 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Mrs Tishell / ... (33 episodes, 2004-2015)
 Joan Norton (27 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Pauline Lamb (24 episodes, 2005-2009)
Jessica Ransom ...
 Morwenna Newcross / ... (24 episodes, 2004-2015)
 Ruth Ellingham (23 episodes, 2011-2015)


Dr. Martin Ellingham, a London-based surgeon, relocates to the picturesque seaside village of Portwenn, establishing himself as the area's general practitioner. He grew up in the area having been raised by his now widowed Aunt Joan Norton. His reasons for leaving London and the high-paid life of a consultant are not clear initially but related to a phobia he has recently developed. He soon meets several of the locals and eccentricity abounds. Martin's situation is made more difficult by what can only be referred as an almost complete lack of an acceptable bedside manner. He is gruff, abrupt and intolerant, not only in issues related to medicine, but to life in general. He and the headmistress of the local school, Louisa Glasson, are clearly attracted to each other and despite their awkwardness, slowly develop a relationship. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

2 September 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Doktor Martin  »

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(6 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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Although this show prides itself on being shot on location in Cornwall, the entire set of Doc Martin's house (other than the exterior) is built in the barn of a farm outside Port Isaac. The set has movable walls to accommodate camera work and equipment. See more »


Elaine Denham: I'm sorry. I cannot tolerate imbeciles.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: Elaine, when we agreed you'd start at 8.30 you did realise I meant a.m.
Elaine Denham: Buying biscuits at the supermarket, right, and this bimbo won't let me through on six items or less. All baps up to here and stick-on nails she was. Get this -
[imitates the check-out girl]
Elaine Denham: "Sorry. Six items or less".
Dr. Martin Ellingham: And you had?
Elaine Denham: 20, but that's not the point.
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What a gem
24 May 2006 | by (Kranjska Gora, Slovenia) – See all my reviews

This gem of a series is lifted out of the sickly-sweet genre of medic/policeman in small quirky country community (often with 'heart' somewhere in the title and 'heartwarming' in the reviews - ugh!) by the spectacular social ineptness of the lead character, Doc Martin, perfectly played by Martin Clunes. Imagine the series if Doc Martin was an ordinary GP, and you'll see what I mean. I was first attracted by the wonderful scenery of Port Isaac in Cornwall (Port Wen in the series)but quickly got interested in how he was going to put his foot in it this week. The story lines are average I would say, some better than others, usually centred on a different medical incident each week, but the real interest is in the relationships between the villagers and the doctor, and how they develop over time. It is always entertaining (and even the not-so-good plot lines are enlivened by the beautiful landscape) and sometimes extremely funny - something to look forward to.

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