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Doc Martin: Series 1 (2004)

Martin Clunes  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,831 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martin Clunes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,831 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O7860A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,719 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Make an appointment with the brilliant but socially awkward and neurotic Doc Martin (Martin Clunes). When Martin develops an aversion to blood, he abandons his career as a celebrated London surgeon and becomes the only doctor in a sleepy small town where his tactless manner soon has the whole town in an uproar. You'll laugh out loud as you watch Martin get to know the town's hysterical mix of quirky residents and find new ways to put his foot into his mouth! Catch all six episodes of this delightful show's first season. London's Evening Standard has diagnosed this hit British comedy "absolutely bloody hilarious!" EPISODES: Going Bodmin / Gentlemen Prefer / Sh*t Happens / The Portwenn Effect / Of All the Harbours in All the Towns / Haemophobia

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193 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! A must-watch! June 21, 2008
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I absolutely LOVED this series. I had heard Martin compared with House, and I think that's a bit unfair, albeit understandable. However, I prefer to think of him as a strange cross between House and James Harriot. Although James was just nice, nice, nice (ad nauseum), the situations in which they find themselves are really very similar - close-knit countryside full of bizarre natives with bizarre rituals. In personality he is much more like House, with one huge difference: House is a rude, insensitive jerk simply because he enjoys it, while Martin, not a jerk at all, frequently acts like one because he doesn't seem to know any better. Like House, Martin's dry, deadpan comebacks are hilarious.

Each episode of Season 1 is better than the one before, culminating in an ending so funny I think I had tears in my eyes. He just never learns, does he?

I still can't quite put my finger on what makes Martin so charming, since I'm not sure I would enjoy knowing him in person. Probably (and due in large part to the brilliant Martin Clunes) it is because he is so very real, and you can't help but identify with his out-of-place, misunderstood persona. Haven't we all been there?

Simply a brilliant show - extremely funny, while taking itself seriously.

Can't wait for Season 2!
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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful
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Curmudgeons, if blessed with good writers, can be satisfying house guests. They're irascible, oblivious, often insulting (sometimes unintentionally), but usually with a hint of endearing rehabilitation. Dr. Martin Ellingham, formerly a top-rank London surgeon who now practices general medicine in the Cornish town of Portwenn, not only has first-rate writers, he's blessed by having as his impersonator the actor Martin Clunes.

Dr. Ellingham ("Martin or Dr. Ellingham, please. Not `Doc Martin!'"), during one simple operation, found himself overwhelmed and unable to continue. The sight of blood suddenly sickened him, not a good thing for a surgeon. It stopped his career cold. He retrained and accepted the job of Portwenn's GP, far away from London and from the people who'd learned of his phobia.

But Doc Mar...Dr. Ellingham...seems to have a gene missing in his make-up. He is all too frank, oblivious to human courtesies, awkward, means well but has one of the worst bed-side manners in miles. If you're a young boy who has sprained an arm, an elderly gentleman whose wife is using too much hormone cream, a well-intentioned busy-body who stops by for tea or a cancer patient, don't expect much from the doctor by way of chit chat or hand holding. Even with an actor as good as Clunes, this could be a tiresome one-joke premise, except that Portwenn has a classic collection of idiosyncratic residents, all played by some skilled British actors. There's Doc Martin's aunt, Joan Norton, played by the fine Stephanie Cole, so good in Waiting for God. Joan is an elderly, brisk, no-nonsense woman (wise, too, of course) who wrings a chicken's neck to prepare it for dinner. She lives by herself competently on her farm.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just simple, enjoyable and lovable March 5, 2011
By CM
This show is a must see. Doc Martin is little bit House, little bit ER, little bit Little House on the Prairie, and just overall just an enjoyable show that is about a simple life with some complicated situations. I just love the scenery and jealous of that small, harbor town life where its all about everyone getting along. No malls, No WalMarts, No Chili's, no commercialism what so ever. No gang bangers, CSI murders or over the top court cases. If there is an issue, you deal with it as adults. Love some of the characters... and oh by the way... no drop dead gorgeous actors either with Gucci purses and designer pumps while investigating a crime scene. I can relate to alot of these people day to day.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a sparkling escape September 19, 2007
By Anna S.
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Quirky characters, idealized village life ...city sophisticates escaping the rat race. A welcome series in the tradition of Monarch of the Glen and Northern Exposure...more oddball comedy than soap like the latter.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Television Series Ever! July 21, 2011
I have watched the 31 episodes of the "Doc Martin" television series five times. It has the best casting, the best acting, and the best story line of any television series I have ever seen. The series is filmed, in the summertime, in the real village of Port Isaac, in Cornwall, England. They have renamed the town Port Wenn, and this locale is a top contributor to the lovability of this series.

This series is about two people in search of love and happiness: Doctor Martin Ellingham, an arrogant chief surgeon from London, and a local elementary school teacher Louisa Glasson, who will soon be a middle aged old maid school teacher. They both have never found success in "love." Martin, forced to leave his powerful position as chief of vascular surgery in London because of a sudden onset of panic attacks at the sight of blood, applies for the position as GP in Port Wenn, a village near his fraternal aunt's farm, where he spent summers as a child. He meets Louisa on his flight to Cornwall, to be interviewed by the committee that will hire him. Lousia is the "lay" representative from Port Wenn. Their meeting gets off to a bad start for both, but they both come away from that initial meeting puzzled and not understanding their feelings for each other. As the series progresses, their interaction stirs emotions and sexual tension. Martin Clunes stars as Doc Martin, and Carolyn Catz stars as Louisa Glasson.

Running side by side with the "love story" is Doc Martin's trials and tribulations with the locals and their quirky problems and ways. More than any series I've ever watched, the top quality filming of these episodes leaves you with a feeling that you are an invisible observer wandering about the village observing its life, and chiefly the day's activities of Martin Ellingham.
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