Having lived a good deal of my young life in Devon and Cornwall in
southwest England, I was immediately drawn to a quirky television show
on KCET called “Doc Martin.” In this outstanding comedy/drama, the
beautiful and almost idyllic fishing village is really one of the main
characters along with the protagonist, Doctor Martin Ellingham. Now
about to launch season seven, this side of the pond, Martin Clunes (Doc
Martin) took a few minutes to talk with us about the zany, albeit,
brilliant buffoon of a doctor.
What makes this irritating doctor so bloody marvelous? That depends on
who you ask. But for this reporter, it is just plain brilliant acting
and writing, combined with a dash of cheekiness, all baked carefully
into one a scrumptious Cornish pasty.
“Doc Martin” is a catchy comedy/drama that stars Clunes (“Men Behaving
Badly”) as Martin Ellingham, whose truculence and tactless manner causes
mayhem in a small Cornish community. The series details the trials and
tribulations of the brash Ellingham, once a celebrated London surgeon
who left his job after developing a phobia to blood. After retraining as
a general practitioner, he gets a job in the beautiful but sleepy
village of Portwenn, replacing their deceased local doctor – but his
abrasive personality does not exactly mesh with the pace of the Cornish
Village where time has stood still since the 15th Century … that is,
Beacon Media (BM): Are you surprised by the global popularity of “Doc Martin?”
Martin Clunes (MC): We were really surprised and delighted to see so many countries embrace “Doc Martin.”
BM: When you are shooting in Port Isaac, Cornwall, how long are you there?
MC: Well we are there generally about five and a half months and I
always pop home to the farm on Fridays for the weekend to be with my
wife and daughter in Dorset.
BM: The incredibly quirky characters absolutely make the show and the writing is brilliant.
This year “Downton Abbey” has a float in the Rose Parade … any chance we
may see a “Doc Martin/Portwenn Float” in a future Rose Parade here in
MC: What is “Downton Abbey,” never heard of it (laughing)? Actually, I
had never really thought of it but I would not rule it out. That is
BM: Season seven is rumored to be the last, is this true?
MC: No, definitely not. We are having way too much fun in Cornwall. I just love it there.
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