Doc Martin finds the surgery 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.
The community is united in horror at their foul 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 hilarious consequences
Martin Clunes is joined by a prestigious cast including Stephanie Cole as his Aunt Joan, who provides him with the emotional support he needs to face his new surroundings. Caroline Catz plays primary school teacher Louisa Glasson. Attracted to her though he is, Doc Martin is helpless.
Ian McNeice and Joe Absolom star as father and son, Bert and Al Large, who try to sort out Portwenn’s plumbing problems. Lucy Punch plays the feisty receptionist Elaine. Felicity Montagu plays Caroline, a local radio presenter
Series created and written by Dominic Minghella Hamish Macbeth, Holding the Baby
Martin Clunes: (Shakespere in Love, Men Behaving Badly, Gormenghast)
Caroline Catz (The Merchant of Venice, The Vice, Murder in Suburbia)
Ian McNeice (The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Black Dahlia, Rome)
Philippa Braithwaite Staggered, Sliding Doors, Hunting Venus
Directed by Ben Bolt Second Nature, Forgotten, The Turn of the Screw)
Mark Crowdy Saving Grace, Sorted
RATINGS: This series averaged an audience of 8.8m and a 40% share.