That grumpy bugger - Doc Martin - is back for a fifth series in 2011. The story picks up after the birth of Martin and Louisa's son. Will Martin return to his post as Portwenn's GP? Will fatherhood help the Doc to mellow? Will he and Louisa play happy families? Of course not! The road to happiness will no doubt be fraught with an array of delightfully entertaining challenges.

The Doc Martin Series 5 Blog follows the progress of Series 5 from filming to post-episode dissection, and everything in between. It will endeavour to keep you up-to-date with all that's happening in and around Portwenn.

Your contributions to the site are welcomed, encouraged and essential. If you have information, tips, photos, a story to tell or a question to ask, don't hesitate to shoot me off an email, or post a comment. The Doc is in!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Doc Martin, Comedy Superhero...

Doc Martin looks at first glance like dull, patronising pap. It’s got simple plots and an absurdly beautiful rural setting: Port Isaac in north Cornwall, renamed Portwenn for the show. The supporting cast talk in Somerset accents, like all TV actors asked to play people from Cornwall, or Norfolk for that matter. Everything always turns out more or less all right.

But despite its cosy medical-drama trappings, it’s too edgy and, frankly, too good to be left to the Heartbeat/Midsomer cocoa-and-moccasins crowd. Doc Martin isn’t just bucolic anaesthesia. It’s one of the most satisfying comedies on telly. It’s much more sharply scripted than it’s given credit for and has an endlessly funny central character.

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