Martin Clunes shines in his role as Dr. Martin Ellingham, the GP with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood, in the enormously successful dramedy produced by Buffalo Pictures and set in the idyllic Cornish hamlet of Portwenn.
Previous episodes are available to watch below for 14 days after their encore broadcast dates.
EPISODE GUIDE (Seasons 4 – 5 Encore June 11, 2019 – Sept. 24, 2019)
Better the Devil |
Determined to escape Portwenn and the wreckage of his relationship with Louisa, Martin sets out to conquer the blood phobia that ended his career. But his plans are complicated by the arrival of Dr. Edith Montgomery, his old girlfriend from his medical school days.
Uneasy Lies the Head |
Martin struggles to deal with news of Louisa’s pregnancy. Louisa goes for a checkup with Dr. Edith Montgomery and learns something shocking about Martin and Edith’s relationship in medical school.
Perish Together as Fools |
Martin is shocked to find Louisa and Aunt Joan knocking at his door before the surgery has opened. PC Joe Penhale’s older brother Sam comes to Portwenn, and Louisa moves in with an old man who wants to move to a nursing home, but Martin refuses his request. Al Large goes to lengths in order to convince Pauline that he’s good enough for her.
Driving Mr. McLynn |
The Doc is appalled to discover that pregnant Louisa is moving furniture, and further angered by her decision to interview for her old job as head teacher.
The Departed |
When one of the Doc’s patients dies, the man’s widow is convinced that her husband is trying to pass on a message from beyond the grave. Louisa takes her class on a trip to Aunty Joan’s farm, but when one of the boys misbehaves, Joan punishes him, apparently causing him to fall ill. Determined to conquer his phobia and return to a surgical position, the Doc tries therapy.
Midwife Crisis |
The Doc clashes with the new district midwife, whose insistence on natural methods puts Louisa’s health at risk. Bert takes a shine to a new employee at the restaurant, but her culinary preferences leave something to be desired. Edith tries to help the Doc secure a return to London.
Do Not Disturb |
Pauline finds out that the Doc is going to leave Portwenn, and starts a work-to-rule when she receives her somewhat terse reference. Bert organizes a baby shower for Louisa. When the Doc goes on a trip to a conference in London with Edith, he finds out what each wants from their relationship — and also that he can deal with blood again.
The Wrong Goodbye | Available to watch online below through Aug. 13, 2019
On the Doc’s last day in Portwenn, another of Bert’s moneymaking schemes goes wrong, causing Louisa to go into premature labour.
Preserve the Romance | Available to watch online below through Aug. 21, 2019
In the Series 5 premiere, the Doc is about to head home to London, with Louisa unsure as to where they stand.
Dry Your Tears | Available to watch online below through Aug. 28, 2019
Martin deals with an unexpected death, the demands of fatherhood, and the arrival of his Aunt Ruth.
Born With a Shotgun | Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 at 8pm ET
Sleepless nights are taking their toll on Martin and Louisa. Shirley thinks her son is poisoning her, and the Doc has a new receptionist who relies on “magic pills” to do her job.
Mother Knows Best | Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 at 8pm ET
Louisa’s mum arrives in Portwenn unexpectedly, and both Louisa and Martin are less than pleased.
Remember Me | Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 at 8pm ET
PC Joe Penhale gets a visit from his amnesiac wife. Romance may be in the air for Louisa’s mother Eleanor, and Martin and Louisa are running out of time to name their baby.
Don’t Let Go | Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at 8pm ET
PC Joe Penhale is desperate to keep Maggie and show her how he’s changed. Martin has to rescue a muddled Mr. Coley from a rooftop. And the tension between Louisa and Martin reaches a breaking point.
Cats and Sharks | Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 at 8pm ET
Bert Large’s restaurant is in financial trouble, which puts him in danger and threatens the fundraiser for Florence Dingle’s cat sanctuary. Martin, preparing to leave Portwenn, shows little interest in planning his son’s christening.
Even After | Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at 8pm ET
Mrs. Tishell’s crush on Dr. Martin takes a dramatic turn in this final episode of the season.
– SEASON 8 EPISODE GUIDE (ORIGINALLY PREMIERED NOV./DEC. 2017, ENCORED NOV. 2018 – JAN. 2019) –
S8E1: MYSTERIOUS WAYS
After successfully rekindling their relationship in spite of, rather than because of, their couples therapy, Louisa and Martin start Series 8 living together again in the surgery. Everything looks like it could be on an even keel for them at long last.
S8E2: SONS AND LOVERS
With Janice having left, Martin and Louisa need to find a nursery for James. He is accepted at Portwenn Tots, but not before Martin can insult the nursery manager, Mel.
S8E3: FAREWELL, MY LOVELY
Louisa decides to implement a rota to help with the smooth running of the Ellingham household; she soon starts to regret it when Martin takes it a bit too literally. Louisa has to take Year Six pupils sailing, much to her dismay, as Pippa has fallen ill. Martin is then left with collecting James from nursery every afternoon that week.
Having worked as missionaries in Kenya, Morwenna’s parents, Jack and Tara Newcross, pay her a surprise visit, and are surprised by the relationship between her and Al. Morwenna soon finds out the reason for her parents visit: Tara has terminal liver cancer. She has decided against treatment because of her faith. Both Morwenna and Martin think this is a foolish decision.
S8E5: FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES
James is teething: nothing seems to be working, and nobody is getting any sleep. In desperation, Martin and Louisa agree to try Mel’s suggestion of amber beads. They appear to be working, until James ends up getting a bead stuck up his nose.
S8E6: ACCIDENTAL HERO
Penhale decides to have a Police Open day to raise community awareness. The only genuine visitor he has though, is an angry farmer, Hannah Butler. Another three of her sheep have been stolen and Penhale seems to be doing nothing about it.
S8E7: BLADE ON THE FEATHER
Martin wakes up to an empty bed. When he goes looking for Louisa he discovers she is trying to write her resignation letter…
S8E8: ALL MY TRIALS
As per Chris Parsons’ advice, Martin has not been practicing for a week before his hearing. This does not stop patients asking for his help though. Bill Potter, a local potter, approaches Martin with a suspected ganglion.