Martin Clunes reprises his role as Dr. Martin Ellingham, the GP with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood, in eight new episodes of the enormously successful drama produced by Buffalo Pictures and set in the idyllic hamlet of Portwenn.
All the regular members of the cast return for this popular series, filmed in the picturesque North Cornwall village of Port Isaac.
Caroline Catz plays Doc Martin’s long-suffering love interest and local school headmistress, Louisa Glasson. At the end of the last series the couple’s baby boy James was kidnapped by well-meaning but deranged pharmacist Mrs Tishell. The nightmare brought them closer together and prompted a marriage proposal from the Doc to Louisa,
for a second time.
Eileen Atkins is Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth. She doesn’t suffer fools, just like her nephew, and doesn’t think twice about taking on her neighbours and creating confrontation. In the new series Aunt Ruth decides to move out of the isolated farmhouse she inherited from her sister and into the village after an incident which unsettles her.
Ian McNeice returns as local restaurateur and handyman, Bert Large, with Joe Absolom as his tolerant son Al. With the restaurant struggling to stay afloat Bert dreams up another money making scheme which means Al having to give up his room and look for somewhere else to live.
John Marquez plays bumbling local police officer PC Joe Penhale, who seems to create more problems than he solves as he attempts to instill law and order into the community.
Jessica Ransom is the doctor’s scatterbrained receptionist, Morwenna Newcross, who’s looking for love online with surprising results when she meets her internet date.
Annabelle Apsion (Shameless, The Village, A Mother’s Son) joins the cast as the new pharmacist, Jennifer Cardew, who re-kindles a romance with Bert Large. Claire Bloom(The King’s Speech, New Tricks, Trial and Retribution) plays the Doc’s mother who arrives with sad news for her son. Guest stars include Paul Moriarty (George Palmer in EastEnders, Doctors, Ashes to Ashes) and Ronald Pickup (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Lark Rise to Candleford).
As the new series begins Portwenn is buzzing with arrangements for the wedding of theDoc and Louisa. Will they finally tie the knot, or will the villagers have to put the confetti back in the box again?
Martin Clunes says: “It was great to be back on the beautiful North Cornish coast to shoot series six of Doc Martin. Our challenge this series will be to force Louisa and the Doc to live happily together with baby James.
“The Doc is as obstinate as ever though, and viewers will just have to wait and see whether their wedding will finally go ahead.”