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Funny Fact: Although Port Isaac plays the part of the fictitious Port Wenn, the close by Port Quin, actually was called Port Wen........back in the mists of time.

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Doc Martin in North Cornwall

 

Doc Martin is a British television comedy drama starring Martin Clunes as a doctor whose truculence and tactless manner causes mayhem in a small Cornish community. Created by Dominic Minghella, it is filmed on location in the fishing village of Port Isaac, North Cornwall, with filming of most interior scenes and production carried out in a converted barn at a local farm.

Clunes plays surgeon Martin Ellingham, whose glittering career comes crashing down around him when he develops a phobia which prevents him conducting operations.

He makes a life changing decision to retrain as a GP, and applies for a vacant post in the sleepy Cornish hamlet of Port Wenn, where he spent childhood holidays.

If the patients are expecting tea and sympathy from their curmudgeonly GP they are going to be disappointed. Despite his surgical brilliance, he has no personal skills, and his understanding of humans is practically non existent.

Dr Ellingham, or Doc Martin, as the locals refer to him, much to his disgust, finds the surgery is in disarray. The medical equipment is beyond repair, and the patients’ records are a mess. To top it all he inherits the world’s most incompetent receptionist, Elaine Denham, who clearly resents Doc Martin moving in.

The community is united in horror at their foul new GP. Doc Martin soon finds he needs all the allies he can get as he tries to negotiate his way around village life with hilarious consequences.

Martin is joined by a prestigious cast which includes Stephanie Cole as his Aunt Joan, who provides him with emotional support in the face of the disquiet among the villagers.

Caroline Catz plays pretty primary school teacher Louisa Glasson. Doc Martin is attracted to her, but he is hopeless at personal relationships.

 

Port Wenn is actually the  fishing village of Port Isaac (Cornish: Porthusek) in north Cornwall. It is one of the more remote villages in the country. Despite its remoteness, the village has had several visits from celebrities. The local village hall has been decorated by the team of Changing Rooms, and the ITV series Doc Martin was filmed here.


Amy Foster or Swept from the Sea has it was called when released in America, is a 1997 movie based on a 1903 story, Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad. It stars Rachel Weisz, Vincent Perez, Ian McKellen, Kathy Bates and Zoe Wanamaker and was directed by Beeban Kidron. The story concerns a Russian, unable to speak English but able to play chess, shipwrecked on the coast of Cornwall on his way to America. The filming took place at Port Isaac and Port Quin and other locations in the county. Poor souls were hired has extras to lay around the shallows of the harbour for hours on end portraying dead passengers from the wrecked vessel.

 

Saving Grace is a 2000 comedy/crime film, starring Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson and Martin Clunes.
After Grace Trevethyn's husband commits suicide, he leaves her in economic ruins, Grace left by herself is now facing loosing her house because all the money her husband owed. Together with her gardener she uses her plant-cultivation ability to grow marijuana.
Some of the marijuana plants used in the film were real. The British government granted permission for the use of them in the film (150 plants) under supervision and guarding. This meant that the plants had someone guarding them on the set, and watching over its transportation to a nearby storage facility for its safekeeping at night.
 

More recently (October 2005), the village was again used for the backdrop to the forthcoming TV production of Rosumand Pilcher's The Shell Seekers. Filming took place in the village for a week with the productions star, Vanessa Redgrave, filming many of her scenes in the main street.

 

Here we are in May of 2011 and Doc Martin is undergoing another outing in the fictitious village of Port Wenn. Filming for the latest series started in March and should be completed before the season hits peak....
 

 

 

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