Doc Martin (2004– )
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Cats and Sharks 

Bert Large's restaurant business is in financial trouble. He can't even afford the food and drink for a charity event to raise money for Florence Dingle's cat sanctuary.


Paul Seed


Richard Stoneman, Dominic Minghella (series created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Clunes ... Dr. Martin Ellingham
Caroline Catz ... Louisa Glasson
Eileen Atkins ... Ruth Ellingham
Joe Absolom ... Al Large
John Marquez ... PC Joe Penhale
Selina Cadell ... Mrs. Tishell
Ian McNeice ... Bert Large
Jessica Ransom ... Morwenna Newcross
Louise Jameson ... Eleanor Glasson
Anne Reid ... Mrs. Dingley
Alan Williams ... Alastair Tonken
Marcus Cunningham Marcus Cunningham ... Norman Tonken
Bill Thomas Bill Thomas ... Mr. Bell
Judy Norman Judy Norman ... Mrs. Bell
Angela Terence ... Angie Grappy


Al is shocked to hear that his father is in debt to loan shark Alistair Tonken and his menacing son Norman, and lends him the money Ruth gave him to buy a new fence. When the Tonkens demand interest, Bert plans a money-making Spanish evening suggested by Eleanor. But Eleanor not only annoys Louisa and Martin by farming their baby out to an irresponsible young girl, she also keels over with a hernia, requiring Martin to perform emergency surgery. Eccentric Mrs. Dingley, who runs a cat sanctuary, is also in debt to the Tonkens but Penhale proves himself to be an unexpected hero in getting the greedy pair to back off. Martin, meanwhile, is more perturbed than he lets on about Louisa's decision after their row to stay in Cornwall with James and not accompany him to London. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Ruth Ellingham: [about Doc moving alone to London] Your parents stayed together for your sake. No one got out unscathed. We don't want a repeat of that.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: Well, this has been fun.
Ruth Ellingham: [Concluding the office visit] If you want to discuss it further, Martin, you know where I am.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: Thank you.
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Written by Colin Towns
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7 March 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode takes us along a ride focusing on several characters. We are reintroduced to the loan shark and his son. Burt Large has borrowed 1000 pounds and this guy has come to get his money. He and his son are very threatening. Al takes desperate means to appease these guys and things get worse. Things continue to escalate between Louisa and Martin and her mother make things worse. And Joe actually helps to make things better.

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