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Doc Martin

  • Episode:

    3 of 8

  • Title:

    S.W.A.L.K

  • Transmission (TX):

    Wed 09 Oct 2019

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 41 2019 : Sat 05 Oct - Fri 11 Oct

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 25 Sep 2019

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Series overview

Martin Clunes returns to play the nation’s favourite grumpy medic in a brand new series of Doc Martin for ITV.

He stars as Dr Martin Ellingham, the GP with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood, in eight new episodes of the successful drama produced by Buffalo Pictures, and set in the idyllic hamlet of Portwenn in Cornwall.

Picturesque Port Isaac provides the beautiful backdrop for the popular series, with all regular members of the cast reprising their roles.

Caroline Catz plays Doc Martin’s wife, Louisa Ellingham, who has resigned from her job as headmistress at the local school to pursue a new career in child counselling. 

Returning to this ninth series, Dame Eileen Atkins plays Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth. Ian McNeice is back to play Bert Large, with Joe Absolom as his son Al. John Marquez is PC Joe Penhale, Jessica Ransom is the doctor’s receptionist Morwenna Newcross and Selina Cadell is pharmacist Mrs Tishell.

They are joined by special guest stars Danny Huston, Conleth Hill, Caroline Quentin and Tom Conti. Danny plays Robert Brooke, a man who is shot by a farmer who thinks he is stealing eggs. Caroline returns to the series to star as vet Angela Sim, Conleth plays a GP who comes to assess Martin and Tom Conti plays Bernard  Newton, an eminent surgeon who is also assessing the Doc. 

Episode 3: S.W.A.L.K

Ruth (Eileen Atkins) is concerned about becoming increasingly forgetful; leaving the  front door open and misplacing  her purse. She is  even more perturbed when Martin,(Martin Clunes) worried about her health, offers to perform a mini mental state examination, which confirms Ruth is showing early signs of dementia. 

On top of her health worries Ruth also has an annoying neighbour, Paula, (Sian Thomas) who’s an animal lover. Since she’s moved in there is a nuisance of cats hovering around her house, and a strange sound keeping her awake at night.  But is Ruth imagining things, and could there be another reason for her forgetfulness?

It’s Martin’s birthday and Louisa (Caroline Catz) has planned a special evening to celebrate, even though he says the Ellinghams don’t do birthdays. Al (Joe Absolom) decides to throw Morwenna (Jessica Ransom) a surprise engagement party on the same night, in an attempt to propose to Morwenna properly. PC Joe Penhale (John Marquez) takes on the duties of organising the engagement party, but only if Al promises him he can be his best man. 

Louisa has an important class presentation, as part of her tutorial group. To give it more of an informal feel, her tutor Professor Sam Bradman (John Hollingworth) has decided the person presenting will host the group; this week it is Louisa and Tony (Oliver Britten). 

The session doesn’t go quite how Louisa hoped when a classmate is allergic to Buddy, another is upset by her presentation and Tony is diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease when he accidentally wanders into Martin’s Consulting Room. 

The engagement party doesn’t go to plan either. Mrs Tishell (Selina Cadell) hi-jacks it as Martin’s birthday celebration, presenting him with a birthday cake and making a speech. Then as Martin and Louisa leave the pub to have their special birthday meal Penhale accidentally whacks the door into him, knocking him to the floor.

The episode is written by Julian Unthank, the producer is Philippa Braithwaite, the director is Nigel Cole and the executive producer is Mark Crowdy.