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Doc Martin makes North Texas house call

While I’ve never heard this “officially” anywhere and I’m guessing there’s a reason for this, I can’t help but watch Doc Martin and not think of Dr. Gregory House, the unconventional and extremely grumpy genius doctor on “another network”. The program has aired for some time on a number of public television stations around the country, but everyone in North Texas will now get their shot at seeing the Doc’s rather non-existent bedside manner up close beginning tonight on KERA Channel 13 with a 3-hour special airing from 7:00p-10:00p. Beginning the next Saturday, the series will air each week from 7-8pm. Another “must see TV” moment from the UK on public television in the States.

For those unfamiliar with the story, the great Martin Clunes stars as Doctor Martin Ellingham, a brilliant but somewhat socially challenged London surgeon who has had the ultimate in bad timing to have developed haemophobia (an extreme fear of blood). Not a good thing for a surgeon, I’m told. He’s hired on in the Cornish town of Portwenn as the GP. What unfolds is nothing short of what makes British comedy/drama brilliant. Excellent script, gorgeous scenery (the series is filmed in the fishing village of Port Issac in Cornwall) and, as usual, perfect ensemble casting with the likes of Caroline Catz, Stephanie Cole (Waiting for God) and Ian McNeice.

An interesting side note here that you may or may not know or remember. The series was born out of the 2000 film, Saving Grace, co-written and co-created by Craig Ferguson, the well-known genius of The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson in the U.S. Ferguson has continued to contribute to the series from the beginning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH1FZ8VjFxI&feature=related

With respect to the Doc, it’s a combined tribute to Clunes and the brilliant writing that has you have empathy for the character and genuinely like him even though he is, without question, the hardest person to like on the planet. Another attribute of British television that stands out. Just think Basil Fawlty, Hyacinth Bucket, Edmund Blackadder and you’ll understand where I’m going with this.

  • j mcgee

    What has happened to Doc Martin? It was such an enjoyable program. It it over, is it coming back. Please…some information.
    Thank you

    • http://tellyspotting.org Bill Young

      Re: Doc Martin….only off for a couple more weeks due to the current KERA fundraising campaign. Series will be back at its regular time on Saturday, April 2. We will pick up where we left off in the middle of season 3. We currently have acquired the broadcast right to season 4 and will air at the conclusion of season 3. Season 5 has just been filmed but it not available as of yet in the U.S. Hope this helps. Glad you enjoy.

  • Daisy

    Doc Martin has disappeared yet again. What gives.

    • http://tellyspotting.org Bill Young

      @Daisy: It’s off until Saturday, June 25 due to the current membership campaign. When it returns, there will be 3 episodes remaining in the fourth season. Season five has been filmed, but no premiere date has been set as of yet in either the UK or in the US on public television stations.

  • Marilynn

    America needs even more Doc Martin! Here in Boston that program has become a special treat for my family and me, thanks to a recommendation from a friend in Chicago. It’s brilliant, funny, touching, infuriating and I’ve developed a rather serious crush on Martin Clunes.
    I understand a Season 5 is in the works and I can only hope it will be shared with the US audience before too long.
    Back to my reruns of that lovely show….

    • http://tellyspotting.org Bill Young

      @Marilynn: Glad you’re enjoying Doc Martin. As you stated, season 5 is currently in production and will be available for broadcast on US public television stations beginning in early 2012, most likely in the Feb-April range. In the meantime, enjoy the reruns. I found that I always pick up something different with each viewing.

  • Annwfranklin1

    when is it airing next in boston channel 2 0r14 thank you annwfranklin1@yahoo,com

  • Annwfranklin1

    when is it airing next in boston channel 2 0r14 thank you annwfranklin1@yahoo,com

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