by Angela Dawson
HOLLYWOOD—Martin Clunes returns as the brash yet brilliant titular village physician in Britain’s “Doc Martin.” The long-awaited seventh series (season, as it is referred to in the U.S.) of the popular medical comedy premieres Thursday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. on some PBS stations. In Los Angeles, it airs on KCET, a non-commercial education independent television station. American Public Television distributes the series in the U.S., and PBS stations may carry it. Visit your local station’s website for updated schedule information and other bonus content.
Clunes, 54, has been playing Dr. Martin Ellingham since the series premiered in 2004. The series airs every two years thanks to a comfortable schedule that allows the show’s writers and producers (including Clunes’ real-life wife Philippa Braithwaite) a generous amount of time to write and film the series on location in Port Isaac in Cornwall (which stands in for the fictional seaside village of Portwenn, home to colorful villagers).
By Tom Eames
Doc Martin was once again top of the Monday night ratings, as its finale episode brought in over 5 and a half million viewers.The ITV Martin Clunes drama was seen by an average overnight audience of 5.88m (26.6%) at 9pm (346,000/2.3%), down around 100k from last week.
He is best known for playing socially inappropriate and hopeless-in love anti-heroes. From Gary Strang in Men Behaving Badly to the eponymous lead in Doc Martin .The real Martin Clunes however, is far more charming and lucky in love.”I get a lot of criticism in my own home for taking an interest peoples medical conditions,” says actor Martin Clunes, who for the past 11 years has been wooing fans worldwide with role as Dr Martin Ellingham.”Particularly their medications, I always want to know what they’ve been prescribed. My daughter in particular always goes ‘you’re not a doctor! Shut up.'”
The seventh series of Doc Martin is about to complete its national premiere in the US, and fans already want to know if there will be an eighth. So I asked Ian McNeice.
Ian McNeice, aka Doc Martin‘s Bert Large, is in the US right now, at American Public Television’s Fall Marketplace, where public TV programming execs are gathered to meet him and enthuse about Doc Martin, while screening others of APT’s programs for their upcoming schedules.We all know Ian as a fine actor, and now I can say from personal experience that he is a genuinely nice guy, too, as he was happy to chat with me by phone this morning, despite my cracking, croaky, under-the-weather voice.
The all too watchable Doc Martin wraps up another series, Brighton welcomes cops and robbers, and the BBC shows there’s more to ovens than buns
Doc Martin represents one of my guiltier pleasures, in that I watch it in what I think of as my time “off”, freed from doing the serious important note-taking shtick or being asked to struggle professionally to fathom the enduring appeal ofDownton. The Big Bang Theory, The Wright Stuff, reruns of Jonathan Creek orEndeavour – all are just-for-me equivalents of warm mismatched socks, a hot-water bottle and burnt bubbling cheap cheese on toast. Bliss.