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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 fourth 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 IV, airing on public television stations nationwide beginning March 1, 2010, 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 Clune (Men Behaving Badly, Jeeves and Wooster) stars in this acclaimed series. Clune’s 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 fourth 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 the strange death of a local sheep farmer, a paranoid and constipated school headmaster, a visitor with a rare genetic disease, and the unexpected pregnancy of a person very close to the good doctor.