Doc Martin

Category:Comedy

Five Instances Where US Remakes of British Shows Weren’t Such a Bad Idea

In case you haven’t heard the news, fan favorite Doc Martin is being adapted for American television.  Believe me. I can imagine your collective grumbling and indignant protests as I write this post.

I guess we’re supposed to feel hope for this venture because the project is in the hands of Marta Kauffman, one of the co-creators of Friends. We know she can write a phenomenally popular American sitcom. Unfortunately that doesn’t convince me that she can achieve the elusive feat of turning a quintessentially quirky British dramedy into something typical US viewers will embrace. (You and I are not in the aforementioned demographic, by the way.)

Every time I turn on my computer these days it seems that a pilot has been commissioned by Hollywood execs in hopes that it will translate to big ratings just because it’s been successful in the UK. If this scenario sounds familiar it may be because the Showtime series Episodes mocks this very trend.

Category:Comedy

An American Version of ‘Doc Martin’ is Apparently Happening

For some reason, American networks can’t seem to get enough of making their own versions of popular British programs. Recent examples include FOX’s Broadchurch remake Gracepoint,  HBO’s Getting On, MTV’s attempts at re-doing The Inbetweeners and Skins, and several others. A US version of The IT Crowd was rumored to be happening for the longest time.  An American Luther is in the works, apparently.

So, it probably shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise that someone’s finally decided to take a swing at one of the most popular Britcoms on-air currently.  But, it’s official: Marta Kauffman, one of the co-creators behind mega-hit US sitcom Friends has decided to have a go at making an American version of Doc Martin, the British hit that chronicles the adventures of a curmudgeonly London doctor who sets up a practice in the quaint and quirky small town of Portwenn.

Yes, really. That wasn’t a typo. An American Doc Martin could legitimately be a thing on our TV screens within the next year or so. 

Category:Comedy

Filming Begins on ‘Doc Martin’ Season 7

It’s official – Doc Martin Season 7 is coming! To be fair, we all sort of assumed this to be the case already – either through just general fannish intuition, blind hope or the fact that star Martin Clunes offhandedly referenced heading back to Cornwall to start production in a recent interview.

At any rate, it’s at least nice to have official confirmation – straight from the horse’s mouth as it were.  ITV has officially announced the start of filming on Season 7, along with a few choice details about with the future has in store for the residents of Portwenn next year. 

Category:Comedy

So ‘Doc Martin’ Season 7 is Apparently a Go

Despite the fact that no one seems to have officially announced anything about a seventh season of megapopular comedy series Doc Martin being a thing that’s happening, well: it actually really looks like it’s a thing that is happening.

This news undoubtedly comes as a welcome relief to fans, who’d previously been led to believe that the Britcom’s sixth season could be its last, but then, following the conclusion of this most recent outing, there was basically global radio silence about the whole thing. Until now.

Category:Comedy

Bickering Telly Couples: ‘Vicious’ and Beyond

The sitcom Vicious has just started airing on PBS stations this past weekend and it certainly lives up to its name. Starring British acting legends Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, the two play a gay couple who’ve been together for almost half a century. A lifetime of companionship has worn on their collective nerves and most of what remains between them is catty remarks, primarily from Freddie (McKellan), and not just a little resentment on the part of Stuart (Jacobi).

Of course deep down the two men really do love one another, but if everything between them was sweetness and light it wouldn’t be nearly as funny, would it?

That got me to thinking about other telly couples who are prone to rows and other types of altercations. Regardless of the nature of the relationship, discord and disagreement makes things interesting and, when you’re not the one in the middle of it all, funny as well.

Category:Drama

Martin Clues to Play Sherlock Holmes Creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Worlds colliding! Well, sort of, at least. Doc Martin star Martin Clunes has signed up to play Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in an upcoming drama for British network ITV. Whilst it’s not exactly Clunes scoring a guest spot on popular mystery series Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, it’s close enough for me.

The three-part series, called Arthur and George, will adapt Julian Barnes’ novel of the same name, which is loosely based on an intriguing series of genuine events in the life of Conan Doyle.

Set in 1903, the story focuses on Conan Doyle’s real-life attempts to clear George Edaliji, an Anglo-Indian solicitor who is serving time in Pentonville Prison after being (falsely) accused of a series of attacks on livestock in Staffordshire that have become known as the The Great Wyrley Rippings.

Category:Online

Take Our 'Doc Martin' Personality Quiz!

Fans everywhere love quirky British comedy Doc Martin – it’s consistently one of our most popular series around here – because it’s packed with great actors and interesting, layered characters.

Series 6 of this beloved series is currently airing on many PBS stations around the country (and if it’s not yet, it probably will be soon!) and, to celebrate, we put together a little character quiz based on a handful of our favorite Portwenn characters past and present.  

Answer the questions and see who you get – and let us know what character you got in the comments!

Take the quiz at weta.org.

Category:Comedy

Finally the First Trailer for 'Doc Martin' Series 6 is Here!

The wait is almost over – or, at the very least, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Yes, really, a first look trailer for Doc Martin Series 6 has been released – giving us our first new footage of Martin Ellingham and the wacky residents of Portwenn in well over a year. (Possibly over two years if we’re counting on UK time? But let's not make ourselves feel worse, shall we?)

Stars Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz are both back, alongside Dame Eileen Atkins, Ian McNeice, John Marquez and more, as Martin and Louisa appear to be settling back into both raising a baby and working together. Oh, and maybe actually getting married finally.

At any rate, following the dramatic and difficult events of Series 5, it looks as though things have reverted a bit more to form in the new season – this trailer has the same kind of quirky, communal feel as Doc Martin’s first couple of seasons and already seems an improvement in tone over Series 5. (It certainly seems to have found its charm again, at least!)

See for yourselves below.

Category:Drama

Missing 'Doc Martin'? Here's What You Should Watch Instead

Welcome to another new series here at Telly Visions where we try and ease the (occasionally absurdly long) hiatus-es of some of our favorite British shows by offering alternative suggestions of things you should watch while you're waiting for new episodes to return. Carmen’s up first, but you guys just wait till I get to the Sherlock section….

Being a British telly addict in the States can be difficult at times. Never mind there are fewer episodes per series than Americans are used to – I’ve learned to accept the fact and concede that I prefer quality over quantity. But we also have to wait our turn until all our eagerly anticipated programs debut in their homeland first.  Fair enough maybe, but it is hard to be patient so much of the time. (I’m sure you heard the whine in your head as you read the preceding sentences.)

Take for example, the newest series of the fan favorite, Doc Martin.  It’s set to air in the UK sometime during ITV’s autumn schedule - which probably means no Doctor Ellingham for the Yanks until the spring of 2014 at least. So rather than whinge about it, I’m here to offer some alternative viewing suggestions, just to hold you over until the real Doc Martin comes along.

Category:Comedy

The Great Doc Martin Watch Does Doc Martin: The Movie

Housekeeping note: Technical issues waylaid the Friday News Roundup yesterday. (Hurray, storms!) It’ll be back next week. Hope everyone in the DC metro area is safe and sound – and staying cool!

Before Doc Martin the series existed, the character that would become Martin Ellingham made his first appearance in a 2000 film called Saving Grace. Thanks to the success of this film, two made-for-TV prequels were made, both featuring Martin Clunes playing the doctor who was then known as Martin Bamford. The character is a bit (lot?) different, the villagers aren’t the same, and the town’s called something else, but you can still see a few similarities to the show we all enjoy so much.

We just aired the first of these – called, simply, Doc Martin: The Movie –last weekend, and I thought it might be fun to try and dig into a little bit – both on its own merits and how it stacks up against Doc Martin: The Series. Plus, I’ll be honest, I’m missing the Great Doc Martin Rewatch and its fabulous discussion threads, and I’m already feeling cranky about the fact that they don’t even start filming Series 6 until next year. (Why does being a TV fan involve so much waiting?)  So, please, indulge me.

Click through and come chat with me about Doc Martin: The Movie and, as always, feel free to leave your thoughts, favorite moments, funny lines, general rants, whatever, in the comments.

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