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Behind the Scenes of 'Doc Martin' Season 5

One of the highlights of 2011 for me was a mid-summer trip to Cornwall, England, the region where KCET's hit series "Doc Martin" is filmed (read about that trip here).

Martin Clunes, who stars as Doctor Martin Ellingham, and producer Philippa Braithwaite (Clunes' wife) approved a behind-the-scenes visit. Forget the eleven hour plane ride, followed by a nearly six hour train ride to get to this beautiful area of England -- it was all worth it. I loved spending time with the amazing cast. And walking through the narrow winding lanes of Port Isaac (or 'Portwenn' as it's known on the TV show) was a treat I'll never forget.

We've created eight stories about the making of "Doc Martin" season 5. The new episodes will start airing in April, 2012, but we'll premiere one behind-the-scenes story every week at kcet.org/docmartin over the next two months. And as a reminder, you can always see "Doc Martin" in southern California exclusively on KCET - Thursday nights at 8:00 P.M.

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Nowt So Queer

Season 3, Episode 8:

News of Martin and Louisa's engagement spreads like wildfire -- like the outbreak of a respiratory infection in the village. Bert Large's ill health is not his only problem as he struggles to keep his restaurant afloat.

Missed this episode? Just want to spend a little more time in Portwenn? Then click here to read the recap for this episode.



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Happily Ever After

Season 3, Episode 9: Season Finale

The day of Martin and Louisa's wedding arrives and it's a catalogue of disasters from the very beginning. The bridesmaid gets injured, Martin wrestles with the drunk priest, and to top it all off, both Martin and Louisa are having doubts.



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Better the Devil

Life in the beautiful Cornish village of Portwenn has become ever more infuriating for Dr. Martin Ellingham since the heart-wrenching decision to call off his marriage to local headmistress Louisa. Louisa has left, and Martin has begun to question what keeps him in Cornwall. It's certainly not his relentlessly annoying patients. On a visit to the hospital, Martin is stunned to meet Edith, his old girlfriend from medical school days who is now a top-ranking doctor with a flourishing private practice.

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Uneasy Lies the Head

Season 4, Episode 2

Doc Martin struggles to deal with the news of Louisa's pregnancy and is conflicted over what action to take. But Louisa is adamant that she doesn't want Martin involved. Doc's aunt Joan, however, insists that she help Louisa through the pregnancy.

Louisa accepts a job back at Portwenn Primary School, where the principal is causing public concern over his increasingly erratic behavior. Martin realizes the headmaster is unwell based on his blue urine sample. Things take a frightening turn when he takes a class of students to the beach.

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