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Doc Martin 7 Seasons 2009

Season 4
4.8 out of 5 stars (841) IMDb 8.3/10

After his wedding day disaster, Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes, Men Behaving Badly) is even grumpier and ruder than before. His former fiancee, Louisa (Caroline Catz, Murder in Suburbia), has left the village to avoid embarressment. The doctor himself plans to return to London as a surgeon--if he can conquer his fear of blood. But it's hard to leave a place as charming and full of eccentric characters as Portwenn. Matters quickly become complicated when Louisa moves back with startling news. Meanwhile, Martin's old flame, Edith Montgomery (Lia Williams), takes a job at the local hospital and sets her sights on the doc. Sparks and rumors fly as patients crowd his office: a shouting oil rigger, the inept local constable, a woman who sees her dead husband's ghost, and a man who eats his own hair. Facing all this, will Doc Martin leave Portwenn after all?

Starring:
Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz
Original air date:
November 8, 2009

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Season 4

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1. Better the Devil

Doc Martin finds life in Portwenn even more infuriating now that Louisa is gone. At the local hospital, he is stunned to meet Edith, his former girlfriend from medical school. Martin learns of a job in London just as Louisa comes calling again.

CC TV-14 September 20, 2009 45 minutes
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2. Uneasy Lies the Head

Louisa insists she doesn't want Martin involved in her life, and he agrees. Later, she schedules a medical check-up and makes an awkward discovery: Edith will be her new doctor. Meanwhile, the head teacher at the school is acting strangely.

CC TV-14 September 27, 2009 45 minutes
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3. Perish Together as Fools

There's something wrong with PC Penhale's older brother, Sam. Elsewhere, Bert Large gives romantic advice to his son, Al, which only makes things worse with Pauline. And at a dinner to discuss her medical research, Edith kisses Martin.

CC TV-14 October 4, 2009 45 minutes
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4. Driving Mr. McLynn

Doc Martin is appalled to learn that Louisa wants her old job back as head teacher, and Aunt Joan is having money problems. When Martin tells Edith that he has applied for the position in London, her efforts to help him have unexpected consequences.

CC TV-14 October 11, 2009 45 minutes
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5. The Departed

Martin goes to London for an interview and lies about his fear of blood. On the train back to Portwenn, the passenger seated beside him has a medical emergency. Louisa takes a school trip to Aunt Joan's farm that leads to a lawsuit.

CC TV-14 October 18, 2009 45 minutes
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6. Midwife Crisis

A midwife arrives in Portwenn and immediately clashes with Martin, while Bert Large is smitten with a new cook at his restaurant. Edith urges Martin to move to London, and Aunt Joan presses him to tell Louisa about his plans.

CC TV-14 October 25, 2009 45 minutes
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7. Do Not Disturb

After Pauline steams open a confidential letter addressed to Martin, the news of his departure spreads. Martin attends a conference with Edith, where she assumes they will share a room. An accident proves that Martin's blood phobia is cured.

CC TV-14 November 1, 2009 45 minutes
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8. The Wrong Goodbye

It's Doc Martin's last day in Portwenn, and his office is packed with patients. Edith turns up, expecting an apology, and Aunt Joan rebukes Martin as well. Louisa is in a car accident that causes Martin to doubt his decision.

CC TV-14 November 8, 2009 45 minutes
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Ben Bolt
Starring Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz
Supporting actors Lia Williams, Stephanie Cole, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, Katherine Parkinson, John Marquez, Selina Cadell, David Haig, Malcolm Storry, Georgie Glen, Vincent Franklin, Angela Curran, Luke Neal, Christabel Muir, Ruby Pender, Ricky Champ, Beth Scott-Hewlett, Kate van Dike
Season year 2009
Network Acorn Media
Producers Philippa Braithwaite, Mark Crowdy, Sandy Poustie
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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FUN LOL BRITISH COMEDY. If you've not experienced DOC MARTIN prior, get every series now. Series 4 picks right up with the dramatic falling apart of a wedding ceremony from the ending of Series 3. So what can get worse? Everything. About the only thing that compares to the eccentric characters in Portwenn is way back to Mayberry RFD. Is Portwenn a British Mayberry? May-be! It's Cornwall corny. And also a Cornwall (filmed in Port Isaac) beautiful quaint fishing port.

Every weird local is back for Series 4. Rude, grumpy Doc (Martin Clunes) still gags at blood; Aunt Joan (Stephanie Cole) is poorer thus less sane; teacher Louisa (Caroline Cutz) has an obvious situation; receptionist Pauline (Katherine Parkinson) is outrageously funny wanting a man, maybe Large Jr., son of Bert Large (Ian McNeice)plumber turned chef (ugh, don't order the soup); and newcomer Edith (Lia Williams)in charge of romantic mayhem. That's just the short-list of a crazy cast that keeps a tapestry of sub-plots moving fast.

A great family series, which does have a 'graphic medical scene' warning due to numerous accidents involving some blood for Doc Martin to gag or spew from. A surgeon afraid of blood is just part of the absurd humor. If you love English seaside village views and homespun humor, this will do & make you beg for more. Episodes carry over to the next and all with SUBTITLES. Some of the best British Doctor Comedy/Drama ever produced.

Need more evidence of greatness? Episode details:
1 BETTER THE DEVIL-Louisa left Portwenn & Doc is out-grouching his own sour records. Doc's ex-girlfriend from med school arrives. Will he soon be London bound? His blood phobia may decide.

2 UNEASY LIES THE HEAD-Louisa returns (much heavier) and town tongues tell tales.
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This marvelous 4th season picks up where Season 3 left off and I couldn't be more thrilled. The loons are back in town!

This is British comedy at its best: quirky characters, unique plot twists, and gorgeous scenery leave you alternately chuckling and shaking your head incredulously.

If one egocentric but brilliant physician is good, why not two? An old flame of Doc Martin's surfaces with a predatory gleam in her eye whilst the charming but oft bewildered Louisa faces a new challenge to her love for Doc Martin and an unanticipated complication. Meanwhile, Mrs. Titchell, the chemist (pharmacist), still burns with an unreciprocated crush that's hilariously optimistic.

I could eat this series with a spoon and wait impatiently for each new season. Apparently there are episodes released in Britain that are unavailable here in the States. I saw Martin Clunes on BBC's The Graham Norton Show and learned there are more seasons being filmed even as I write this. So where is Season 5?????

This series is a delightful experience I want to enjoy again and again.
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Possible spoiler.

It's not like I wanted a totally happy ending. One of the wonderful joys of this show is how unexpected behavior and plot have been. But the characters personalities were written worse and worse! Auntie has gone from arrogant and abrasive to worse plus a hint of dementia. Also so unfeeling about all Martin has done for her. The PC is crazy, Bert and his son are stale, the pharmacist is making a tedious fool of herself, they've even spoiled Pauline in this series: she's as nasty as the rest now. I don't blame the Doc in the least for giving her a mediocre reference. She got the job anyway, didn't she? Louisa could save the relationship with some humor and love, but instead is either tongue-tied or ridiculously belligerent and incredibly hurtful. Martin gets nastier at the same time he continues his medical miracles.

If I could talk to the show's writers, I'd say enough of the conflicts generated by nasty female behavior! That has been a constant plot device throughout the show, and is common on many shows. I re-watched the pilot last night: give us our old Doc Martin back! The dialogue was much better, funnier. He was an emotional challenge already, and the townsfolk have now driven him mad. His sadness is very hard to watch, and he's not equipped to deal. He doesn't get any relief, and I am all worn out by watching this. My husband feels the same way. We got to dread each episode, but kept hoping it would redeem itself. There were some excellent moments amidst the madness. But no belly laughs at all.

One thing I love about the show is the Doc's consistent honesty, extreme work ethic and intelligence. He takes his job very seriously, and you often see him help someone he detests or who resists treatment or even wishes him harm.
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Our local library had a couple of individual shows from Season 1. After watching those, we quickly turned to Amazon to purchase the Season 1 compilation. Then, later, also Season 2, 3, and 4. Yes, admittedly, my family and I are addicted. We watch episodes again and again. (Amazon: sign us up to receive seasons 5 thru 999, too, whenever they're released.) Fascinating characters. Great story lines. Beautiful scenery. And, Clunes' "Ellingham" ("Doc Martin") character is brash, offensive, and humorous in a unusual sort of way. (Think of the genius of John Cleese in "Fawlty Towers" -- but, without the self-effacing humor and slapstick.) Hard to describe, really. In short, take a chance: buy it! Suggest you start with Season 1 if only to watch the subtle, but brilliant, character-development unfold. Possibly, one of the best things ever to come out of English TV. Bravo!
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