|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.
plays surgeon Martin Ellingham, whose glittering career comes crashing
down around him when he develops a phobia which prevents him
He makes a life changing decision to retrain as a GP, and applies
for a vacant post in the sleepy Cornish hamlet of
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
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
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
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