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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.

Upcoming Airdates

Out of the Woods

Season 2, Episode 7:

PC Mark Mylow can't persuade Doc Martin to be his best man so Al Large steps in for the job. The bachelor weekend - a camping trip - goes wrong when an snake bites Mark's ankle and he suffers a potentially fatal allergic reaction. Meanwhile, the doc deals with a spate of poisonous weever fish stings among teenage boys playing a dangerous game of truth or dare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Erotomania

Season 2, Episode 8: Season Finale

A Salvation Army member arrives in Portwenn to try to trace a missing woman named Emma Lewis. Meanwhile, Danny's near-death experience with a collapsed lung has made him appreciate how precious life is, and in particular, how special his relationship with Louisa is to him.

Mylow is busy making final preparations for his wedding until his routine medical exam has a shock result.

And somehow this all brings us toward a moment we've been waiting for since the first episode of "Doc Martin," and it looks like this...

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On the Edge - Part 1

Martin is under investigation for rude and condescending behavior, and may have to take a two-week course to improve his people skills. Meanwhile, Pauline advises him that he will have to find a new receptionist as she is returning to college to study nursing.

Bert Large thinks he's struck gold when word gets out that a rare bird is nesting in the local cliffs. He borrows the police van to offer guided tours.

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On the Edge - Part 2

Martin is under investigation for rude and condescending behavior, and may have to take a two-week course to improve his people skills. Meanwhile, Pauline advises him that he will have to find a new receptionist as she is returning to college to study nursing.

Bert Large thinks he's struck gold when word gets out that a rare bird is nesting in the local cliffs. He borrows the police van to offer guided tours.

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The Apple Doesn't Fall

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Portwenn has a new police officer following the departure of Mark Mylow. His replacement is PC Joseph Penhale, who has an odd affliction that causes him to suddenly fall asleep at inopportune times. The doctor discovers that he has narcolepsy brought on years ago by a kick to the head from a horse.

Meanwhile, village plumber Bert Large is having a midlife crisis. His son Al has left the village to travel the globe and Bert feels left out in the cold.

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