Doc Martin TV Series

Doc Martin TV ShowThe Doc Martin TV Series is a British comedy drama starring Martin Clunes. Created by Dominic Minghella, it is filmed on location in and around the fishing village of Port Isaac, Cornwall, with filming of most interior scenes and production carried out in a converted barn at a local farm. At the time of writing (February 2009), there have been three series of the show, and a feature-length special that first aired on Christmas Day 2006. Shooting for the third series, which was seven episodes in duration, finished in July 2007, and it began airing on 24 September 2007 on ITV. A fourth series has been commissioned and began production in September 2008 with filming set to start in May 2009

Martin Clunes plays Portwenn’s local GP, Martin Ellingham, who was once a successful London surgeon until he developed a phobia of blood that prevented him conducting operations. After retraining as a GP, he applied for a post in the sleepy Cornish hamlet of Portwenn, where he spent childhood holidays.

Much of the show’s humour revolves around Martin Ellingham’s interaction with the local Cornish villagers. Despite his surgical brilliance, Ellingham lacks vital personal skills and any semblance of a bedside manner, and often fails to understand other people. Dr Ellingham (referred to as “Doc Martin” by the friendly locals), much to his disgust, finds the surgery is in disarray. The medical equipment is beyond repair, and the patients’ records are a mess. To top it all he inherits the world’s most incompetent receptionist, Elaine Denham, who clearly resents Doc Martin moving in.

As the village’s new doctor steps into the village he is encountered by a dog who seems to become besotted with him, following him into his house, car, surgery and even in his bed throughout both Series 1 and 2. Despite Doc Martin’s bitterness towards the dog, he ends up reluctantly liking it, after giving up with the villagers thinking Doc Martin is its owner.

The community is united in horror at their miseryguts of a new GP. Doc Martin soon finds he needs all the allies he can get as he tries to negotiate his way around village life with humorous consequences.

Martin is joined by a cast which includes Stephanie Cole as his Aunt Joan, who provides him with emotional support in the face of the disquiet among the villagers. Caroline Catz plays feisty primary school teacher Louisa Glasson. Doc Martin is attracted to her, but he is hopeless at personal relationships.

Martin Clunes’ character was originated as Dr. Martin Bamford in the 2000 film Saving Grace. He then appears in two “prequel” television films made by BSkyB, Doc Martin and Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie, in which viewers learn that Bamford, a successful obstetrician, finds that his wife has been carrying on extramarital affairs behind his back with his three best friends. After confronting her with the news, he decides to leave London and heads for Cornwall, which he remembers fondly from his youth. Shortly after he arrives, he gets involved in the mystery of the “Jellymaker” and, following the departure of the village’s resident GP, decides to stay in Port Isaac and fill the gap himself.

Although the original deal was to produce two television films per year for three years, Sky Pictures folded after the first two were made, so Clunes’ company tried selling the franchise to ITV who generally liked it, but felt the character of Martin Bamford needed a little something more to him than just being a “townie” who is a little out of his depth in the country. ITV wanted something a little more edgy, so Martin Clunes came up with the idea of the doctor being unusually grumpy. In the process, the doctor’s last name was changed from Bamford to Ellingham, an anagram of the last name of new writer Dominic Minghella who was brought in to re-work the Doc’s backstory and create a new village of supporting characters.

Quite often during the series there are references to people being “a bit Bodmin”. This is a reference to the fact that Bodmin was once the centre of mental health care for the South West, and was based at the former St Lawrence’s Hospital site and now at Bodmin Hospital.

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sue March 31, 2009 at 11:54 am

dr marTin is totaly aspergers with a bit of ocd thrown ….in….that its why its compulsive veiwing..and those cornish accents,I want be to be there not in australia as i am….and the scenery breath taking again.. well done british tv..

Marguerite Hebert May 18, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I hate to miss any of the Tv series of Doc Martin; it is one of the best; my husband and I love those british series, but this one I would quote 5 stars. Since we are in canada we usually get to see it on Sunday nights at 8:00PM. We were very let down yesterday for it did not play. How can we get a TV schedule for these programs.

Phone no: 1-450-836-2668

We have a satellite dish with Bell Canada and we pay an extra to get PBS, because it is one of the stations we watch the most. we get PBS-E, PBS-W and PBS-HE.

Would greatly appreciate an answer for PBS lovers.

Andre & Marguerite
760 Frontenac Street
Berthierville, Quebec, Canada J0K 1A0

I hope there will more doc martin in the future March 30, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I miss doc martin. Please bring him back

Rosemary Vail March 30, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I miss doc martin

Linda Smith June 29, 2010 at 2:24 am

I love Doc Martin and can’t wait for season 5 !! Can anyone tell me what other movies or shows Martin has appeared in?
I never miss an episode


Rick Lomas August 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Martin Clunes has been in loads of stuff, he sprang to fame in “Men behaving Badly” which was a BBC comedy series in the 90s. This weekend he is a new thing on TV called “Horsepower” which is all about man’s relationship with horses. Martin lives in Dorset where he has 12 horses, so he is well qualified for the show. I can’t wait.

ruby glencross September 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm

@Linda Smith:

Hi, will there be a series 5 or was series 4 the last one ?


admin September 9, 2010 at 3:51 pm

@ruby glencross: There’s a new series being filmed in 2011 – see

skip filbey, McKinney TX November 11, 2010 at 7:00 am

More!! Please. PLEASE. *PLEASE!*

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