Doc Martin's new 2019 series continues tonight on ITV - who's on the cast and what else do we know?
A new run of eight episodes is back this evening on Wednesday, October 16 at 9PM on ITV with the third instalment.
Martin Clunes returns to Cornwall to play the nation’s favourite grumpy medic for the latest series.
Filming took place earlier this year on location in picturesque Port Isaac with all regular members of the cast returning to the popular series.
Doc Martin cast
Martin Clunes stars as Dr. Martin Ellingham, the GP with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood, in eight run of new episodes.
All regular members of the cast also reprise their roles: Caroline Catz plays Doc Martin’s wife, Louisa Ellingham, who has resigned from her job as headmistress at the local school to pursue a new career in child counselling.
Returning to this ninth series, Dame Eileen Atkins plays Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth. Ian McNeice is back to play Bert Large, with Joe Absolom as his son Al. John Marquez is PC Joe Penhale, Jessica Ransom is the doctor’s receptionist Morwenna Newcross and Selina Cadell is pharmacist Mrs Tishell.
Martin said: “We love going to Cornwall to make Doc Martin, and we miss it when we are not there. The county is so beautiful, and the people have been so warm and welcoming to us. It is the best job in television.”
Doc Martin spoilers
Tonight's fourth episode (October 16) is called Paint It Black
Game of Thrones star Conleth Hill (Lord Varys) guest stars in the episode as Dr Edward Mullen, who arrives at the surgery for Dr Martin Ellingham’s (Martin Clunes) his second GMC assessment.
A mock surgery has been arranged with patients suffering fake illnesses for the Doc to diagnose. But it is a complete shambles, with Mrs Tishell (Selina Cadell) revealing to Martin one of the pretend illnesses, another patient not remembering hers, and the third patient Martin diagnosing with a real medical condition. The assessment comes to an abrupt end with Martin dismissing Dr. Mullen and focusing on his real patients.
Meanwhile, Al(Joe Absolom) and Bert (Ian McNeice) are preparing the pub ahead of owner Ken Hollister’s (Clive Russell) return after recovering from a major operation. They are surprised to learn that he wants to sell the pub. They negotiate a deal with Ken to continue to manage the pub, but before it can be secured Ken dies.
Penhale (John Marquez) is taken by surprise when Mark Mylow, (Stewart Wright) his predecessor, returns and tries to take charge. There is a spate of farming robberies across the South West, which Mark is overseeing from Exeter, and he has been sent down to investigate. This isn’t the main motivation for his visit though; Mark has a medical condition he is only willing to see the Doc about.
Buddy has gone missing and Louisa is scouring the village to try to find him. She’s relieved to discover he’s taken up residence with the new Funeral Director, Julia Pote,( Olivia Poulet) and her dog Shelly.
Doc Martin airs Wednesday nights at 9PM on ITV.