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  • Episode:

    7 of 8

  • Title:

    Single White Bevy

  • Transmission (TX):

    Wed 06 Nov 2019

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 45 2019 : Sat 02 Nov - Fri 08 Nov

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Tue 22 Oct 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 7: Single White Bevy 

Caroline Quentin guest stars in this episode as local vet Angela Sim who has to consult Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) about a lump in her breast.

While at the surgery Angela comments on Buddy, the dog, not being himself. Buddy’s condition worsens and Martin rushes him to Angela’s surgery. He discovers Angela can barely see and diagnoses cat scratch fever. But her condition means she can’t operate on Buddy, and that the Doc must carry out the surgery himself, under her guidance, to save the dog.

Selina Cadell’s daughter Letty Thomas joins her for this episode of Doc Martin to play her character Mrs Tishell’s young cousin Sarah Cardy, who is shadowing her for some work experience. Initially seeing her as a protégé, this quickly changes when Mrs Tishell realises Sarah could have jeopardised her relationship with Martin by giving Louisa (Caroline Catz) the wrong medication to help with her fertility treatment.

One of Louisa’s clients, Bethany Degan, (Milly Toomey) arrives at the surgery unannounced, posing a dilemma for Louisa. She knows she shouldn’t be seeing her, but she just cannot turn away a desperate child, and hopes a quick session will not do any harm. 

Al (Joe Absolom) is officially moving in with Morwenna (Jessica Ransom) ahead of their wedding. Caitlin (Angela Curran) is more thrilled by this than Bert,(Ian McNeice) who fears she has ulterior motives, now it’s just the two of them. Bert sees a softer side to Caitlin though, when they end up getting trapped in the cellar overnight. Maybe she isn’t as bad as he first thought? 

Meanwhile Ruth (Eileen Atkins) is increasingly concerned about Martin’s upcoming final GMC assessment. She tries to offer advice, but quickly realises it is falling on deaf ears - until his blood phobia causes him to pass out again. Both Ruth and Louisa think an intervention may be the only thing that can help.

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