Doc Martin - Series 4 2009

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Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes, MEN BEHAVING BADLY) is a surgeon with a difference: he can't sand the sight of blood! You'd think this would force him to reconsider his vocation in life, but no; he's quite content acting as the sole physician of a sleepy Cornish village. But it's his abrasive bedside manner--rather than his haemophobia--that puts him at odds with the eccentric townsfolk and gives rise to many humourously awkward situations. This release contains every episode from the fourth series.

Starring:
Ian Mcneice, Stephanie Cole
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Doc Martin - Season 4

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Discs
  • Doc Martin - Series 4 - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Doc Martin - Series 4 - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 12 minutes
Starring Ian Mcneice, Stephanie Cole, Lucy Punch, Joe Absolom, Martin Clunes, Carol Catz
Director Ben Bolt, Minkie Spiro
Genres Comedy
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 1 March 2010
Main languages English

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Whiteside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Feb 2010
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Although this is an early review, this fourth series of 'Doc Martin' has been shown on television so it can be commented on. It was a consistantly entertaining series on the whole but didn't quite match up to the first and second and was probably on a par with the third. As usual it was lovely to look at and the acting was pretty good across the board.

I still wasn't too sure about the introduction of one of the Doc's old flames Edith, but I can understand why they included her. It soon became annoying when she kept calling him 'Ellingham' and even at the end I couldn't make up my mind if I liked her or not. PC Penhale still isn't as good as PC Mark Mylow but generally it is full of likeable character's and I did think that the ending worked.

I have to admit though that although Martin Clunes is excellent as the Doc, I did find that his temper and aloofness was starting to wear a bit thin. I know that is the essence of what makes him tick but I actually found his being ignorant to very nice people a little tiresome and I thought it was overdone. Still, season four makes for very good family viewing and it is recommended.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David on 12 July 2010
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This fourth series was a big disappointment. So much so that I have no intention of adding it to the three series I already own and have watched several times through. And for me, the biggest reason for that disappointment is the introduction of the visiting ex student colleague of Martin Ellingham, Edith Montgomery, played by Edith Williams.

Now a high flyer in private practice (of course, what else?) she's an interfering pain of a woman whose constant patronising and belittling of the eponymous doctor throughout the series is a plot element which serves merely to irritate and detracts to an unacceptable degree from that quirky humour which is the life blood (forgive the pun) of this otherwise excellent series.

The stumbling relationship of the Doc and village schoolteacher, Louisa Glasson, and their ongoing will they/won't they get together awkwardness, has always been central to the proceedings in this drama. And the fact that this aspect of the series takes a somewhat back seat after the pregnant Louisa tells the Doc she wants to be independent of him and the focus turns to whether the Doc will take up the offer of a surgery post in London, takes away much of that central fascination between the Doc and Miss Glasson and the series suffers greatly as a result.

The overall sense is that, even though this is only the fourth series, there's already a running out of ideas which, once the viewing public pick up on this, is the kiss off death for any drama. The accent this time around is too much on Doc Martin's phobia and concern over his possible departure from the village and far too little on that irresistibly quirky humour that has made this series such a delight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mj on 29 Nov 2010
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Doc Martin i have seen all the series and series 4 is just as good as the rest.
Great story's, witty,sad and interesting,Martin Clunes is just perfect,very good series all the way through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Thompson on 22 July 2010
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The English version of House and we love every episode. Going to be very sorry when they stop making new episodes. We buy every one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet on 13 July 2010
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What a fantastic series. I absolutely love Doc Martin. I watched the whole series 4 in one weekend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Johnson on 23 April 2010
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There is something compelling about atrocious rudeness that appeals to the British sense of humour. Martin Clunes has mastered this art to perfection in the character of Doc Martin. This fourth series did not disappoint and the simple story lines remained true to its predecessors. As Doc Martin administers to his patients without patience, blithely unaware of his offensive manner, one can not help sympathising with him and secretly desiring to have the fortitude to behave in a similar manner. Throughout, all the acting is brilliant, the timing painfully spot-on and the cringe worthy scenarios a tribute to the series' writers. We need more of the same. This is TV comedy at its best.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. A. Johnson on 11 Feb 2010
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I absolutely adored this series, the chemistry between the two main characters was amaziong and believable. i have to say i was a bit concerned at first when they said they were going to do a new series after the way the last series ended but Dominic Minghella really made this series probably the best one of this show.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sally Foster on 27 Sep 2010
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I sort of liked Doc Martin Series 4. I like the actors and the setting, and for the most part the general stories. What I didn't like was that the details were off in terms of the character's personalities. They seemed to developed backwards, going from rich and complex in series 1 - 3, to one-dimensional in series 4.

Martin and Louisa especially have changed with Martin's gentleness and love for Louisa often disappearing in episodes of series 4. Their exchanges were simply arguments with no heart or soul behind them. Bickering, that doesn't lead anywhere. Frankly, I got tired of the number of times the emotional exchanges ended with a misunderstanding between Louisa and Martin. I also got tired of how often Louisa would stomp off as the victim. Although I did enjoy the line that Martin spoke about Louisa's "feminist point scoring" by not involving him in the pregnancy.

I did like the addition of Edith, she's there to tell us who Doc Martin was in the past, and to help us understand why he's the way he is now. Edith and Louisa are an excellent mirroring of the important women in Doc Martin's childhood. The cold and distant mother is reflected by Edith, the warm and loving aunt Joan by Louisa. The actor who plays Edith is excellent; she never wavers on the character being a horrid person, there are no hints from her that underneath it all she's a warm person. She's ice with no apology.

The birth of the baby could have been done better in terms of how Martin handled it. Martin's expertise as a doctor and his fear of holding his own baby didn't work for me. It's such a cliché anyway, and to apply it to a doctor is just lazy, bad, writing.

Hope that season five will bring back the depth to all of the characters.
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