I had seen some of the Doc Martin episodes when they were shown on T.V., but I missed quite a few. So I thought I would splash out and buy the discs. This first series shows a very able doctor Ellingham who has very few social skills. He can only think of doing his job and how to treat the patient. Martin Clunes who plays Doc Martin, as he is quickly named by the residents of the seaside village, is a brilliant actor. He is playing a serious person who hardly understands what is going on around him and why people behave as they do to him to him. He himself is incredibly short with his patients and has little "kindly bedside manner" You have to realise, despite his serious attitude, that it is, after all, a comedy programme, or the characters become very annoying and unbelievable. The episodes fall flat in places, as if the producer hasn't quite got the hang of it. Nevertheless, The series is worth watching, even if only to know the story, including what might be called a love interest with the school teacher Louise, before viewing Series two.