The trials and tribulations of Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), a socially challenged doctor who moves from London to the picturesque village of Port Wenn in Cornwall.
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Series cast summary:
Martin Clunes ...  Dr. Martin Ellingham 71 episodes, 2004-2021
Caroline Catz ...  Louisa Glasson / ... 71 episodes, 2004-2021
Ian McNeice ...  Bert Large 70 episodes, 2004-2019
Joe Absolom ...  Al Large 65 episodes, 2004-2019
John Marquez ...  PC Joe Penhale 55 episodes, 2007-2019
Selina Cadell ...  Mrs. Tishell 49 episodes, 2004-2019
Jessica Ransom ...  Morwenna Newcross / ... 39 episodes, 2004-2019
Eileen Atkins ...  Ruth Ellingham 39 episodes, 2011-2019


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. Written by garykmcd

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Al Large is played by Joe Absolom. Ian McNeice, who plays Bert Large on this show, appeared in No Escape (1994). See more »


Dr. Martin Ellingham: [answering phone] Ellingham?
[to Elaine]
Dr. Martin Ellingham: It's for you.
Elaine Denham: I'm not here.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: Elaine's not here.
Elaine Denham: Hang on. Is that Greg?
Dr. Martin Ellingham: Are you Greg? Elaine for you.
Elaine Denham: [whispers] I'm not talking to Greg.
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 2 March 2018 (2018) See more »

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From Fabulous To Farcical By Series Six
2 July 2017 | by tonysletterboxSee all my reviews

I don't know what it was, but my heart, was not in it anymore by S6 Ep3. There seemed to be something wrong with the dialogue and, to a lessor extent, the plots. But the thing that mostly bent my enthusiasm was Ellingham himself.

His grumpiness was inspirational to an old grump like myself and there was much to like about this attitude of his from the perspective of his role amongst the rest of the village idiots. And best of all, this grumpiness was equally balanced with a comforting sense of warmth.

BUT - from the opening scene of the wedding, the grumpiness was turned up several notches and the warmth was turned down to near freezing. From then on things just became downright stuffy. As if they had lost their initial enthusiasm for the show and just pushed the absurdities a little too far out, not least in the performance of PC Joe Clouseau Jnr.

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