In Series 2, the Doc's love life is a rollercoaster. Firstly, he falls out with an ex-boyfriend of Louisa's, then falls out with her as she does not follow his instructions to the letter when children at the school have an infectious disease.
Doc Martin continues to struggle in his relationship with most of the village, becoming the recipient of their anger when loved ones are lost. All is made worse when his parents come to stay, and things definitely don't improve when PC Mark Mylow spends his stag night sleeping rough in the woods with Al Large and gets bitten by an adder.
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)
Martin is joined by a prestigious cast, which includes Stephanie Cole as his Aunt Joan, who provides him with emotional support in the face of disquiet among the villagers.
Caroline Catz plays pretty primary school teacher Louisa Glasson, who catches the doctor’s eye. But Dr Ellingham is hopeless at relationships, and makes a terrible faux pas with Louisa.
Ian McNeice and Joe Absolom star as father and son, Bert and Al Large, who try to sort out the village’s plumbing problems. Stewart Wright plays local bobby PC Mark Mylow, who seems more bothered by his personal dilemmas than crime solving. Felicity Montagu plays local radio presenter, Caroline. Katherine Parkinson makes her debut as Pauline, the new receptionist at the doctor’s surgery.
The guest stars for the series include Jeff Rawle, Roger Lloyd Pack, Rebecca Callard, John Woodvine, Claire Bloom, Margaret Tyzack, Julia Deakin, Gerard Horan and Jonathan Coy.
The new series is written by DominicMinghella, his sister Edana Minghella, Richard Stoneman and Jack Lothian and is filmed in the North Cornwall village of Port Isaac.
The producer is Philippa Braithwaite (Staggered, Sliding Doors, Hunting Venus). The directors are Ben Bolt (Second Nature, Forgotten, The Turn of the Screw) and Minkie Spiro (No Angels, Hustle, Holby City). The executive producer is Mark Crowdy (Saving Grace, Sorted).
Philippa Braithwaite says: “We were thrilled to return to Cornwall to make another series. We were delighted by the viewers’ response to the first series, and we hope to replicate our success with this new series.”
RATINGS: Series 1 averaged an audience of 8.8m and a 40 % share.
Series 2 averaged an audience of 8.2m and a 35% share.
Doc Martin is produced for ITV by Buffalo Pictures in association with Homerun Productions.