Doc Martin V

(Rochester, New York) – What happens when a gruff physician flees big-city life to work as a general doctor in a sleepy, picturesque English coastline town? The cultures clash and the sparks fly in the fifth season of the American Public Television-distributed series Doc Martin, a catchy, funny comedy-drama mixing elements of classic British sitcoms with sharp medical drama and a quirky, lovable cast of characters. Doc Martin V, airing Thursdays at 9 p.m., beginning October 18 on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), won the Best Comedy Drama award at 2007’s British Comedy Awards; the third-season finale was watched by more than 10 million English viewers and netted the program’s highest-ever ratings.

Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly, Jeeves and Wooster) stars in this acclaimed series. Clunes' brash, brilliant Dr. Martin Ellingham (nicknamed Doc Martin, much to his discontent) was once a renowned London surgeon, until a sudden phobia leaves him paralyzed at the sight of blood. Leaving his old life behind, Ellingham departs for his childhood town of Portwenn in Cornwall, where his terse manner leads to some tense—and hilarious—encounters with the quiet community.

In this fifth season, “Doc Martin” continues to deal with the strange cases and stranger personalities of Portwenn. He deals with the mysterious illnesses and odd events that plague the town, including a hub-cap stealing intruder on a local farm, a culinary showdown during the town's "Fun Day" and a resident whose son may be trying to poison her.

The town also boasts a narcoleptic and agoraphobic police officer (John Marquez), a heavyset, affable plumber attempting to break into the restaurant business (Ian McNeice) and Martin’s spirited Aunt Joan (Stephanie Cole), a link to his past in Portwenn. There’s also his rocky romance with the town’s beautiful schoolteacher (Caroline Catz), a relationship sabotaged by Martin’s continuing case of foot-in-mouth disease.

A humorous, hearty glimpse into the culture clash between big-city and small-country living, Doc Martin V is destined to become a classic of British comedy.

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