This catchy comedy drama stars Martin Clunes 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 doesn't exactly mesh with the pace of life in Cornwall.
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The Family Way (Episode #206Z)
KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
Dr. Ellingham's parents, whom he hasn't spoken to in seven years, make a surprise visit to Cornwall to stay with their son. He's puzzled why they should turn up out of the blue to see him, but does his best to welcome them to his home, even though his father delights in sneering at his drop in status from surgeon to general practitioner. Christopher Ellingham is a suave surgeon, oozing charm, nothing like his son, and the villagers are soon taken in by his charisma. But his wife Margaret seems oddly quiet and reserved. Martin worries that she might be ill. Danny collapses, barely able to breathe. Louisa calls Martin who diagnoses a collapsed lung. He recognizes that Danny is gravely ill, and when the ambulance is delayed, he has no alternative but to carry out emergency surgery to save his life.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
Always On My Mind (Episode #205Z)
KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
Irate husband Phil Pratt accuses Dr. Ellingham of killing his wife Helen when he comes to their house to treat her. Then a horrific accident on the farm leaves Mr. Pratt desperately needing the doctor to save his life. Joan finds him trapped under a tractor, where he has been all night. A new teacher at Portwenn primary school, Tricia Soames, has sore hands. The doctor soon realizes that Tricia is showing all the signs of obsessive compulsive disorder. Meanwhile, things are looking up for PC Mylow on the romance front. Julie invites him to her house for coffee. And he doesn't leave until the following morning, looking rather disheveled, but with a smile on his face.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 22, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
Aromatherapy (Episode #204Z)
KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
There's concern in Portwenn that local radio presenter Caroline Bosman has a drink problem. She's been heard slurring her words during her broadcasts, and she's been seen driving erratically. Her marriage is on the rocks because of her strange behavior. PC Mylow has romance on his mind. He's been bowled over by the pretty, blonde newcomer to Portwenn, Julie. He offers to give her driving lessons, and is over the moon when she accepts. But his little bubble of happiness bursts when she decides to enroll at a proper driving school. Meanwhile, Martin has an odorous problem with one of his patients. Vernon Cooke stinks so much nobody can bear to be in the same room. Martin has the unpleasant task of trying to discover the cause.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
Blood Is Thicker (Episode #203()
KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 1, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
Bert Large has been hiding a heartbreaking secret from his son Al, which threatens to jeopardize their close relationship. His reluctance to produce his son's birth certificate arouses Al's suspicions. Could it be that Bert is not his dad? Martin visits the Flint brothers at the remote country home they share with their father Victor and mother Doreen. Wallace and Paddy Flint have been suffering chronic stomach disorders, and a blood test confirms they have salmonella poisoning. But there's something else odd about this family. Meanwhile, PC Mark Mylow has had to deal with his domineering sister's arrival in Portwenn. She has decided to set up in business in Mark's flat above the police station as a herbalist offering alternative remedies.
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