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On the Edge 

Christmas special. The tranquility of Portwenn is disturbed when a group of birdwatchers descends on the village in search of a rare bird. Pauline announces that she wants to go to ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Clunes ... Dr. Martin Ellingham
Caroline Catz ... Louisa Glasson
Ian McNeice ... Bert Large
Stephanie Cole ... Joan Norton
Joe Absolom ... Al Large
Richard Johnson ... Colonel Spencer
Katherine Parkinson ... Pauline Lamb
Chris O'Dowd ... Jonathan
Kenneth Cranham ... Terry
Selina Cadell ... Sally Tishell
Jonathan Aris ... Gavin Peters
Paul Rider Paul Rider ... Baker
Nicholas Pegg Nicholas Pegg ... Twitcher
Adam Bareham Adam Bareham ... Fisherman


Christmas special. The tranquility of Portwenn is disturbed when a group of birdwatchers descends on the village in search of a rare bird. Pauline announces that she wants to go to university, so Martin has to start looking for another receptionist. Louisa's father Terry arrives unannounced in Portwenn - could this have an effect on the relationship between Martin and Louisa? Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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25 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jonathon is played by actor Chris O'Dowd. He and Katherine Parkinson (Jen) would star together not a year later in The IT Crowd (2006) See more »


When Louisa gets angry with Martin in front of the ice cream van, she sticks the ice cream in the middle of his forehead. When Martin goes to wipe off the remains of the ice cream, it is all on the right side of his forehead. See more »


[the baker has come to see Doc Martin about a stomach ache]
Dr. Martin Ellingham: Take some time off work.
Baker: Chance would be a fine thing. I've got a couple of hundred pasties to bake for the eating contest tomorrow - biggest earner of the year.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: Cancel it!
Baker: No, doc.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: In all probability you have a stomach infection. Until I can find out exactly what it is, I don't want you spreading it around the village.
Baker: It's a tradition, our contest.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: Oh yes, the tradition of mass food-poisoning and the complications that ensue. Cancel ...
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Crazy Credits

This episode states "This series is dedicated to John Coleman (1946-2005)". 'John Coleman (IV)' was the props manager for the series who died when he fell from a cliff in Port Isaac during a break in the filming of the programme. See more »


Doc Martin Theme
Written by Colin Towns
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Pushed to the Limit
27 January 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There is so much going on that it moves into absurdity. It all starts when Louisa's father shows up with his bipolar partner. He was driven out of town after he absconded with a charity collection. Louisa has stood by him but the fabric is unravelling. The main subplot has to do with some nesting birds that have shown up, producing eggs that are of great value. Soon Bert and the townspeople (plus some out of towners) are focused on those eggs. Meanwhile, Chris O'Dowd, the crazy guy, goes off his nut and ends up kidnapping the whole cast. Also, a sickening bureaucrat has heard that Martin doesn't treat his patients very well. He feels Martin needs some sensitivity training. Of course, the Doc goes after him big time. But when the second half of the episode comes, things get totally off the rails and it's not satisfying.

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