Doc Martin (2004– )
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The Family Way 

Martin's cold and difficult parents come to stay with him. He hasn't seen them for seven years, and is puzzled as to why they should turn up out of the blue.


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Dominic Minghella (written & created by), Craig Ferguson (Arising from the film "Saving Grace" created by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Clunes ... Dr. Martin Ellingham
Caroline Catz ... Louisa Glasson
Stewart Wright ... PC Mark Mylow
Stephanie Cole ... Joan Norton
Ian McNeice ... Bert Large
Katherine Parkinson ... Pauline Lamb
Tristan Sturrock ... Danny Steel
Angeline Ball ... Julie Mitchell
John Woodvine ... Christopher Ellingham
Claire Bloom ... Margaret Ellingham
Jeff Rawle ... Roger Fenn
Ruth Sheen ... Maureen
Andrea Riseborough ... Samantha
Sasha Tilley Sasha Tilley ... Nikki
Nathalie Pownall ... Becky (as Natalie Pownall)


Martin's somewhat difficult parents come to visit from their home in Portugal. They have not spoken to one another for seven years and Martin finds his mother to be very withdrawn. His father, a retired surgeon, is somewhat dismissive of Martin's decision to become a small town doctor. Things come to a head when they all visit aunt Joan and the real reason for his father's visit comes to light. Martin also deals with Maureen Tacy who has been putting on weight despite attempts at dieting. Martin's conclusions are both surprising and delightful. Louisa's friend Danny has a serious attack while renovating his new home, but Martin comes to the rescue. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Drama | Romance








Release Date:

15 December 2005 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Margaret Ellingham, played by Claire Bloom, returns in episode 6.6, Doc Martin: Hazardous Exposure (2013). See more »


At the golf course, Christopher tells Joan all he wants is his share of the inheritance minus 40 years' rent. By his reckoning Joan owes him inheritance share PLUS rent for the years she's been living there rent free. See more »


PC Mark Mylow: I've got some news.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: What?
PC Mark Mylow: You'll never guess...
Dr. Martin Ellingham: I don't have to.
PC Mark Mylow: Go on. Try.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: No.
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Doc Martin Theme
Written by Colin Towns
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Meet the Parents
23 January 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Martin has not seen his parents for years, so when they show up, he is confused. They are both incredibly difficult people. His father, a former surgeon, is a windbag who has an ego that's off the charts. His mother (played by Claire Bloom) is a taciturn, tightly wound woman. Eventually, we are let in on one of the mysteries. Martin's father wants to get his half of the farm where Martin's aunt has lived for forty years. They are keeping secrets and are incredibly condescending. There is an ugly scene with Martin and his mother. We can see why Martin would choose to just stay away from them. This is a sad and touching episode.

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