Doc Martin

Monday, 31 October 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Mrs Tishell’s (Selina Cadell) long standing crush on Dr Martin Ellingham takes a dramatic turn in this final episode in the series. 

Fuelled by a cocktail of drugs Mrs Tishell can no longer hide her unrequieted love for the doc, and decides she must take drastic action. Her husband Clive (Malcolm Storry) arrives back unexpectedly from his work on the oil rigs announcing his intention to retire so they can spend more time together. 

It’s now or never for Mrs Tishell to make her romantic notions of a relationship with the doc come true. With baby James Henry in her care, she boards a bus out of the village leaving an enigmatic message for Dr Ellingham to meet them at the castle. 

Her husband Clive is furious to think his wife has been having an affair with the doc. But Dr Ellingham doesn’t have time to worry about Mr Tishell’s fury. He has to find his baby. 

Dr Ellingham is joined by Louisa, who is beside herself with worry, and his Aunt Ruth, as they go off in search of Mrs Tishell. PC Penhale is called in; he can barely contain his excitement at having a real crime to deal with. 

They race to the Castle Hotel where they think Mrs Tishell is, but there’s no sign of her. Mrs Tishell then phones him, but refuses to say where she is. All she will say is that he sent a couple to her to tell her where to meet him. 

Martin guesses she is referring to a honeymoon couple who had sought treatment from him earlier in the day. A hasty call to Morwenna reveals the couple were staying at Pentire Castle, a magnificent house perched high on a cliff edge with spectacular views of the sea. The perfect romantic rendezvous. 

Mrs Tishell is watching from a window high up in the castle when Martin arrives. With the baby in her arms she looks perilously close to jumping out of the window. 

With her background as a psychologist Aunt Ruth urges her nephew to stay calm, and not do or say anything to make Mrs Tishell do anything dangerous. With Louisa urging him to pretend he does love Mrs Tishell, Martin launches into a heartfelt appeal to Mrs Tishell about how he can’t leave the village because of her, he loves her, and begs her for another chance. 

It is soon apparent that his words were not meant for Mrs Tishell at all, and that he was actually directing them to Louisa. But Mrs Tishell falls for it and rushes to kiss him. He snatches the baby from her, leaving her shocked to see Louisa and Ruth beside him. 

PC Penhale who has been trying to scale the wall to try out his negotiating tactics on Mrs Tishell, eventually arrives to arrest her. But Aunt Ruth insists Mrs Tishell needs psychological help, and gently leads her away. 

Monday, 24 October 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Episode Seven 

Bert Large’s restaurant business is financial trouble. He can’t even afford the food and drink for a charity event to raise money for Florence Dingle’s (Anne Reid) cat sanctuary. Mrs Dingle is distraught. She desperately needs the money to continue to look after the cats and kittens in her care. 

Bert is also being chased by loan sharks Alastair Tonken (Alan Williams) and his son Norman (Marcus Cunningham) for the repayment of £1000 they gave him to clear his debts, warning of repercussions if he doesn’t pay up. Al is furious with his father for losing all their money and bringing them to the verge of bankruptcy. Bert blames Al for spending too much time working for Ruth instead of helping him with the restaurant. 

When Ruth gives Al £800 to pay for the fencing on the farm he decides to use the money to pay back the some of the loan, even though he is wracked by guilt. Bert and Al manage to scrape together another £200 and present the cash to the Tonkens. But Alastair Tonken tells them they still owe him another £350 for interest and late payment charge. 

Al says it is time they stood up to the loan sharks and refuse to pay – but just to be on the safe side they want to enrol the help of village police officer Joe Penhale. But PC Penhale says he can’t help them, it is a civil not a criminal matter. 

Bert and Al confront the loan sharks just as they are approaching Mrs Dingley to pressure her for the money they loaned to her. But Mrs Dingley has fallen off her bike and is lapsing in and out of consciousness, with the doctor and Penhale in attendance. 

The row between the Tonkens and the Larges becomes so heated that Penhale has to step in to break them up. Summoning up all his authority Penhale tells the Tonkens to leave the village and never come back. 

Eleanor comes to Bert’s rescue with a plan to boost custom at the restaurant. She tells him she used to run a very successful bar in Andalucia, and suggests they have a Spanish theme night to attract customers. 

She rolls up her sleeves and begins preparing for the Spanish feast. But she begins to feel very ill and Louisa insists she must see the doc. He diagnoses a strangulated hernia, and says she needs an urgent operation. Morwenna calls an ambulance, but when it goes to the wrong village, the Doc decides there is no alternative: he must operate now on Eleanor in his surgery or she could die. 

He deftly demonstrates his expertise as a surgeon. Without doubt his swift treatment saves Eleanor’s life. 

Dr Martin Ellingham is planning to leave Portwenn in a week’s time to resume his career as a surgeon, leaving Louisa and their baby son James Henry in the village. 

They have their baby’s christening to organise before he leaves. But as usual the doc shows little interest in the event, leaving it all to Louisa. 

Monday, 17 October 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Episode Six 

PC Joe Penhale is desperate to keep Maggie and show her he’s changed; that he’s the macho husband she wants. But once she has the all clear from the doctor, Maggie plans to return to Bude. 

Penhale resorts to desperate measures to convince her to stay, including surreptitiously paying people to be nasty to her so he can step in and assert his authority, and show her he can be tough. His subterfuge almost works. But a final effort at bravado in trying to climb a ladder to rescue school caretaker Mr Coley (Brian Pettifer) from the roof fails miserably. When he is frozen with fear half way up the ladder, Maggie is very disappointed, and Penhale knows he has blown it with her. 

Mr Coley has become increasingly muddled, and has put the children at risk by spraying poisonous fertiliser. He becomes so confused that he decides to climb onto the school roof, and doesn’t know why he’s there. Seeing Mr Coley swaying precariously on the roof, Dr Martin Ellingham bravely scales the ladder to rescue him. The root of Mr Coley’s problem lies in his potting shed where a paraffin heater has been giving off toxic fumes. 

Aunt Ruth uncovers a chest of family heirlooms when she clears out a barn at the farm, including photos as Martin as a six year old schoolboy. The photos bring back poignant memories of an unhappy childhood for Martin. 

It prompts Martin to think of registering James Henry for boarding school. But Louisa is horrified at the thought of sending their son miles away to school. 

Tension is mounting between Louisa and Martin. They can’t seem to agree on anything, from the schooling for their son, to what to cook for supper. The final straw for Louisa comes when she discovers Martin has set a date for their baby’s christening without even consulting her. Louisa decides she has had enough. She packs a bag, and takes the baby back home to her mum.

Monday, 10 October 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Episode Five 

PC Joe Penhale (John Marquez) has an unexpected visitor- his ex wife Maggie (Julie Graham). She appears to have completely forgotten that they split up a couple of years ago. 

When he tries to tell her they are no longer married she accuses him of over-reacting, and wants to know why he packed his bags and left her. 

Joe struggles with a mixture of distress and elation at seeing Maggie again. He has thought about her every day since they parted. 

He realises she is clearly not well, especially when she tells him she thinks it is April 2008, and that she woke up to find him gone, when she has actually been living with another man since their split. He tries discreetly to ask Dr Ellingham about her symptoms without telling him that he is talking about his ex wife. 

Joe is terrified of losing Maggie again, and wants to make the most of every moment of being back together. He arranges a romantic evening for them at the local restaurant, Large’s, only to find Dr Ellingham and Louisa there. When Louisa invites Joe and Maggie to join them, the doctor quickly spots that Maggie has a problem, and is showing symptoms of transient global amnesia. He tells Joe and Maggie he will arrange urgent brain scans for her to determine the diagnosis. For Joe his hopes of their marriage working again are dashed. 

It looks as if romance may be in the air for Louisa’s mother Eleanor. She meets an old school friend, Paul (John Duttine), a local fisherman who takes her out on a date. 

But the relationship is strictly business, as Louisa discovers when Paul collapses on his boat and falls overboard. Paul has stopped breathing and the doctor has to give mouth to mouth to resuscitate him. Eleanor shows such a lack of compassion for the poor man’s condition she is forced to explain to her daughter that she’d struck a deal with a Spanish company to supply seafood, and Paul has been working all hours to meet the demand. 

Morwenna arrives at work with blood dripping from her foot after standing on a nail. The doctor grimaces at the sight of the blood and fights the nausea rising in his throat as he treats the wound. He is about to give Morwenna a tetanus injection when she disappears from the surgery. She confesses she’s scared of needles. 

Martin and Louisa’s baby still doesn’t have a name, and PC Penhale warns them that time is running out. If they don’t register a name for the baby soon the State will step in and name the baby. After protracted discussions the couple finally reaches an agreement; their baby son is named James Henry.

Monday, 3 October 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

It’s Portwenn Fun Day and the village is buzzing with excitement about this major fund raising event. PC Penhale is in his element rallying the runners and whipping up support. 

The event sparks culinary rivalry between Bert Large (Ian McNeice) who runs Large’s restaurant with son Al (Joe Absolom) and Mark (Tim Goodman Hill), the landlord of the Crab and Lobster pub. They are both keen to take advantage of the day to boost their takings by providing food for the runners and spectators. 

The ‘seafood soiree’ and cut price drinks at the Crab and Lobster look set to win the culinary competition. Bert smells a rat. He suspects Mark is selling duty free booze, and calls in PC Penhale to investigate. 

But the doc puts paid to Mark’s enterprise when he diagnoses an infection which means he must not handle food, and bans him from going into the kitchen. Bert seizes the opportunity to take over the ‘soiree’. 

Louisa’s mum Eleanor (Louise Jameson) arrives in Portwenn unexpectedly. Louisa is far from happy about her arrival. She hasn’t seen her mother for years, so why the sudden interest? 

Martin is even less pleased to see Louisa’s hippyish mother, who takes over his kitchen to cook up a herbal tonic. Eleanor takes great delight in her grandson, and offers to babysit. 

Martin and Louisa are puzzled to find their previously wailing baby is sound asleep, and continues to sleep through his feed times. Eleanor confesses she gave him a drop of her herbal brew to soothe him. Martin points out that the concoction has alcohol content, which explains why the baby has been sleeping so much. 

Louisa asks her mother to leave. But Eleanor manages to win her round, and she relents. 

Monday, 19 September 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Episode Two 

With the departure of Dr Dibbs, Dr Ellingham moves back into his old surgery, agreeing to stay for a couple of months until a replacement can be appointed. 

Determined to get to grips with fatherhood he asks Louisa to move into his house so he can help to raise their child. He even suggests that Louisa and ‘baby’ could move to London with him. 

Louisa reluctantly agrees to move into the doc’s house, and offers to help with reception duties, as the previous receptionist, Pauline has left. But Louisa is none too sure about the move to London. She had hoped to resume her career as headmistress of the village school. 

Villagers pack the village church for the funeral of the doc’s Aunt Joan. They are shocked when Martin’s eulogy becomes a health warning about the dangers to the heart of eating the wrong food. 

Aunt Joan’s sister Ruth Ellingham (Eileen Atkins) attends the funeral and demonstrates the same cantankerous character as her nephew. She has no more intention of staying in Portwenn than Martin does. But Joan has left her the house and farm.

Monday, 12 September 2011, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Martin Clunes is back with a brand new series of the ratings winning ITV1 drama Doc Martin. 

After a two year break to pursue other drama and factual projects, Martin returns to reprise the role of the curmudgeonly Dr Martin Ellingham whose truculent and tactless manner upsets the convivial community of the picture postcard village of Portwenn. 

In this new series the doc has a dilemma: how to cope with being a new dad while trying to resume his highflying career as a surgeon. 

Eight 60 minute episodes, written by Ben Bolt, Jack Lothian, Richard Stoneman, Chris Hurford and Tom Butterworth, and were filmed around the stunning settings of the North Cornwall coast. 

Caroline Catz (Murder in Suburbia, In Denial of Murder, The Vice) returns to play the mother of Doc Martin’s child, primary school headmistress, Louisa Glasson. 

Ian McNeice (Frankenstein, White Noise, Dr Who) and Joe Absolom (P.O.W, Vincent, Eastenders) are back as father and son, Bert and Al Large, and John Marquez returns to his role as the village policeman, with Selina Cadell as pharmacist Mrs Tishell. Dame Eileen Atkins (Upstairs Downstairs) joins the regular cast as the doctor’s Aunt Ruth, along with Louise Jameson (EastEnders, Dr Who) as Louisa’s mother Eleanor, and Jessica Ransom (Armstrong and Miller Show) as the new surgery receptionist, Morwenna Newcross. 

They are joined by a prestigious line up of guest stars including Julie Graham (Survivors, Bonekickers, William and Mary), Peter Vaughan (Silk, Lark Rise to Candleford, Christmas at the Riviera), Joanna Scanlan (Getting On, The Thick of It), Robert Daws (Coronation Street, The Royal), Miriam Margolyes, John Duttine and Anne Reid. 

Martin says: “I missed being in Cornwall, and it has been wonderful to spend a few months in this beautiful part of the country. I am thrilled to have been able to work with such a fabulous cast, and on the exciting new storylines we have for this new series.” 

The series is one of ITV’s top rating dramas with more than nine million viewers for the last series in 2009. It is produced for ITV1 by Buffalo Pictures, the independent production company owned by Martin and his wife Philippa Braithwaite (Staggered, Sliding Doors, Hunting Venus), who also produces the series. 

“We’re delighted so many viewers enjoy the series, as much as we enjoy filming and producing Doc Martin with the beautiful backdrop of Cornwall. Our vision is to ensure this series continues to be as fresh, different and bold as when we first went into production,” says Philippa. 

The new series begins with Dr Martin Ellingham struggling to cope with new fatherhood, as he embarks on a new chapter of his career, which is set to take him away from the small Cornish village. 

Sleepless nights take their toll on the doc and his partner Louisa Glasson, and put their shaky relationship under strain. Can they make it work this time round? 

A new GP, Dr Di Dibbs (Joanna Scanlan), and her husband Gavin (Robert Daws), have already moved into his old surgery. But Dr Ellingham begins to have serious doubts about the competence of Dr Dibbs, and, in his familiar tactless way, is not afraid to tell her. 

The doctor also faces the loss of his Aunt Joan, and has to deal with an equally cantankerous relative who comes to live in Portwenn. 

Doc Martin is produced for ITV1 by Buffalo Pictures in association with Homerun Productions. The producer is Philippa Braithwaite and the directors are Ben Bolt and Paul Seed. The executive producer is Mark Crowdy. 

 

EPISODE ONE: 

Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) is struggling to come to terms with fatherhood. The baby boy born to him and his estranged partner, Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz) , is about to change their lives dramatically. 

The curmudgeonly GP with no bedside manner planned to resume his highflying career as a consultant in London. He had packed his bags and moved out of the surgery to make way for the new GP, Dr Di Dibbs (Joanna Scanlan). 

But the arrival of ‘baby’ – neither the doctor nor Louisa can agree on a name for their son – means Dr Ellingham has to adjust his plans. He moves into Louisa’s house to help with the baby, but it is an awkward situation for both of them. 

Dr Dibbs is newly qualified and excited at the prospect of moving into her first surgery, with husband Gavin (Robert Daws) as the practice manager. However Dr Ellingham begins to have serious doubts about the competency of the new GP after she misdiagnoses a patient, and dishes out prescriptions for totally inappropriate drugs. She even misdiagnoses her own illness, which almost proves fatal. 

Her confidence is waning fast as Dr Ellingham, in his familiar brash manner, makes clear he doesn’t think she is up to the job. 

Dr Dibbs realises she has to go, and Dr Ellingham agrees to resume duties at the surgery until a replacement GP can be found. 

With all the upheaval the doc is unprepared for a devastating personal blow. He hears that his Aunt Joan has died after having a heart attack at the wheel of her car.

Sunday, 1 November 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Dr Martin Ellingham seeks out Louisa to talk about his new surgeon’s job in London, but they are interrupted by Bert, who wants to plan a baby shower for Louisa.

To solve her farm’s money problems, Aunt Joan starts a small Bed & Breakfast business. Her first guest, unexpectedly, is another local farmer, Ted, who has also got into financial difficulties. Initially they’re a good match, but Joan soon finds that Ted is far from the perfect guest.

Pauline’s suspicions are confirmed when she steams open a confidential letter addressed to Martin and discovers his contract offer for the London job. Suddenly insecure about her own future, she confronts Martin, who offers her no reassurances but will write her a reference.

PC Penhale learns of Martin’s plans to leave him behind in Portwenn, and offers to transfer to London’s Metropolitan Police so they can still be together.

Pauline is very disappointed by Martin’s reference, and urges Al to use his influence to change Martin’s mind. When Al fails in this mission, Pauline tries to demonstrate her worth, but her plan backfires and Martin ejects her from the Surgery.

Martin struggles to run the Surgery on his own. Joan brings in Ted, who she suspects has had a mild heart attack at her farm. Martin examines Ted, and finds a mysterious lump in his abdomen. Martin books Ted in for some hospital scans.

Pauline and Al enjoy an impromptu afternoon by the seaside, but Pauline is stung by a jellyfish and must seek out Martin for his help.

Joan calls Martin to her farm because she is increasingly worried about Ted. When Martin discovers some bald patches on Ted’s scalp, he is able to make a remarkable diagnosis about Ted’s illness.

Louisa finds it hard to enjoy her baby shower because everyone wants to talk about Martin leaving Portwenn, but Bert makes an emotional speech that nearly saves the day.

Martin joins Edith at a hotel where she is giving the keynote speech to a medical conference about her research. Edith has booked them into one bedroom.

Martin notices that their room service waiter appears to have the symptoms of a condition that could make him blind, but when Martin attempts to warn the waiter, a shocking and bloody accident is caused.

Martin deals with the accident without hesitation, proving to both him and Edith that his blood phobia is completely cured, and he is now fully able to be a surgeon in London again.

Martin Clunes is back in Cornwall to film a new series of the ratings winning comedy drama Doc Martin for ITV1.

He returns to play the curmudgeonly Dr Martin Ellingham whose truculent and tactless manner upsets the convivial community of the picture postcard village of Portwenn on the North Cornwall coast.

Filming of the new series, which is written by Ben Bolt, Jack Lothian and Richard Stoneman, has just begun on locations in North Cornwall

The last series, which won nine million viewers, ended with a wedding day disaster when the doc and his bride, Louisa, both got cold feet just as they were about to take their vows.  

Martin is joined by Caroline Catz as Louisa. Stephanie Cole (Housewife 49, Waiting for God, A Bit of a Do) plays his Aunt Joan, who despairs at her nephew’s caustic comments, but continues to supply emotional support in the face of disquiet among the villagers.

Ian McNeice (Rome, Oliver Twist, White Noise) and Joe Absolom (Vincent, New Tricks, EastEnders) star as father and son, Bert and Al Large. They’ve abandoned Portwenn’s plumbing problems to open a restaurant with unsavoury results. Bert is tired of living on his own and is looking for love. Al tries to play cupid, but Bert isn’t ready for the amorous advances from a local lady.

Katherine Parkinson (The Boat That Rocked, The IT Crowd, Ahead of the Class) returns as the doctor’s hot headed receptionist, who is resisting Al’s requests to move in with him.

In this fourth series school headmistress Louisa has left the village, and the Doc is starting to question whether he wants to stay too.

He sets out to conquer his blood phobia in a bid to resume his former high flying career as a vascular surgeon, and move out of Portwenn for good. But he finds the task is easier said than done.

To complicate matters the Doc discovers an old medical school acquaintance is working at the local hospital. There’s always been a volatile relationship between the doc and ambitious consultant, Dr Edith Montgomery, played by Lia Williams. But when he questions her diagnosis of one of his patients the sparks fly.

But there’s an even bigger surprise in store for the grumpy GP.

Producer Philippa Braithwaite says: “We are delighted to be back in Cornwall to make this fourth series. There are plenty of surprises in store for the Doc, and compelling story lines.”

The series is directed by Ben Bolt (Losing It, Second Nature, Forgotten). The executive producer is Mark Crowdy (Saving Grace, Sorted).

Mary’s on the final leg of her campaign, but she’s still got a mountain to climb. With four weeks until she hands the shop back to the charity, Mary needs to work fast to show why her ideas would benefit any charity shop.

She takes her campaign, which she names D-Day – Donate Don’t Dump Day – out on the road and calls on volunteers from MIND, Barnardo’s and The North London Hospice to launch their own versions. With only a framework to go on, they will have to create attention-grabbing presentations and capture the imagination of local donors.

Back at the shop, Mary puts the final piece of her strategy to breathe new life into charity shops into place. She rebrands her shop “Living and Giving” and gives it new direction by encouraging local producers to use it as an outlet to sell their wares, including local fashion student Callum.

Knowing that London Fashion week is where trends are set, Mary and her volunteers try to convince celebrities and fashion editors to ditch their cutting-edge outfits in favour of some of Mary’s charity shop finds. Erin O’Connor and Peaches Geldof take up the challenge and, when styled by Mary’s OAPs, they look even hotter than when they arrived, much to the joy of the awaiting paparazzi.

As Mary’s final day looms, it’s time to wave goodbye to the volunteers and find out the results of her work from the bigwigs of the charity sector. Has she reached their target, and are they willing to take on the blueprint for her new shop and roll it out across other outlets? Or is the public’s negative attitude towards charity shops too well ingrained in the nation’s psyche?

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