Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), a London-based surgeon, relocates to the picturesque seaside village of Port Wenn, where he establishes himself as the area's general practitioner. He grew up in the area, having been raised by his now-widowed Aunt Joan Norton (Stephanie Cole). His reasons for leaving London and the high-paid life of a surgeon are not clear initially but related to a phobia he has. 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 (Caroline Catz), are clearly attracted to each other and, despite their awkwardness, slowly develop a relationship.
Did You Know?
This series is credited as "arising from" the movie Saving Grace
(2000). However, the main character, played by Martin Clunes
in both cases, is called Dr. Martin Bamford in the movie and Dr. Martin Ellingham in this series. Also, the personality and the backstory of the two characters are different. See more
I got involved in a surfing club of all things. I think what clinched it was the kids saying I'm too old.
Dr. Martin Ellingham
Nonsense. People of all ages go surfing.
You should come along. It'd be nice to see you out of that suit and in a wet... suit...
Version of Doctor Mateo