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  • Episode: 

    4 of 8

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  • Transmission (TX): 

    Wed 11 Oct 2017
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    9.00pm - 10.00pm
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    Week 41 2017 : Sat 07 Oct - Fri 13 Oct
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Episode 4 - Faith
Having worked as missionaries in Kenya, Morwenna’s parents, Jack (Kevin Doyle) and Tara Newcross (Rebecca Lacey), pay her a surprise visit, and are surprised by the relationship between her and Al. Morwenna is shocked to discover the real reason for her parents’ return is that Tara has cancer. She has decided against treatment because of her faith. Both Morwenna and Martin think this is a foolish decision.
Louisa’s first Skype call for her new course doesn’t go as planned when Martin decides to tell the lecturer his thoughts on the coursework. 
There has also been a break-in at the school. The thief doesn’t appear to have stolen anything - but has torn up photographs. Initially Louisa suspects it is vandalism, but Penhale isn’t so sure. When it happens again, this time at the Lifeboat Station, Penhale is able to piece together, with the help of Louisa, that Dan Willis (Ethan Lawrence), a former pupil, is the face being torn out of the photographs. 
With the help of Dan’s mum, Andrea (Christabel Muir) Penhale decides to set a trap to catch him by placing a photograph in the local shop window. Martin asks Ruth for advice when it becomes apparent that Dan has stopped taking his antipsychotic medication and could be having a breakdown.
Morwenna convinces Jack to give Martin Tara’s doctor’s information, when Martin suspects she has been wrongly diagnosed. His suspicions are proved correct when he diagnoses her with Hydatid Disease. Both Tara and Jack believe it is a miracle.
Caitlin (Angela Curran) seems to be after more than just a hand from Bert at the shop, so he decides to ask Al if he can stay at the pub but Al won’t relent. Unwanted lodgers are also a problem for Martin and Louisa: Martin thinks that Buddy’s days as a family pet are numbered, especially when he appears to have made a friend, Bob, who wants to move in too.
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 hugely 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 alongside guest stars Art Malik, Caroline Quentin and Sigourney Weaver.
Caroline Catz plays Doc Martin’s wife and local school headmistress, Louisa Ellingham. Dame Eileen Atkins plays Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth, with Ian McNeice as Bert Large  and Joe Absolom as his son Al. John Marquez is back as Portwenn PC Joe Penhale, with Jessica Ransom as the Doc’s receptionist, Morwenna Newcross, and Selina Cadell as pharmacist Mrs Tishell.