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Mark Mayhew



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:45 pm    Post subject: Doc Martin Reply with quote

My wife has roped me into watching this every Sunday night.

I think it's quite good.

I must say the pregnant ex fiancee of the Doc imho is extremely good looking etc.
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RockitRon



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed the first three series, and I have a funny feeling they should have left it at that.

Since it pulled in higher audience figures for ITV than anything except the soaps they were never going to do that, were they, but, as often happens with these things as time goes on, the central characters become more extreme, and I keep expecting Richard Wilson to make an appearance as Martin's uncle.

Caroline Catz (as Louisa) is nice, as is Katherine Parkinson, who looks more "at home" here than in anything else she's appeared in.

Why is it, though, that the people who inhabit some of our most beautiful and nominally peaceful locations (Cornwall, Norfolk, Jersey, Scottish Highlands) are always portrayed as being eccentric, or stupid?
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MadeinSurrey



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you're right Ron, but these things always go on too long. I like DM, it's ideal Sunday night viewing, but they do seem to have run out of steam. Agree about Katherine P, I like her relationship with Joe Absolom in the show, and the scenery's lovely!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked the first 3 series but the ending of the last one totally spoilt it for me and I haven't seen any of these new ones.
Lovely scenery though, I have been there and it is beautiful. There was no filming then thank goodness but we bumped in Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen Shocked He's actually a very pleasant chap.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:26 am    Post subject: Mumble, mumble.... Reply with quote

How Joe Absolon gets any work as an actor is beyond my understanding. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He'd be great as Ron in The Glums/Take It From Here

(Memo to ITV - that's not a hint that we want you to try that again Smile )
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The series ended last night with the predictable climax of the birth of Louisa's baby, amid much farce and the return of Ellingham to the human race, for a nanosecond, before reverting to self.

My mother laughed like a drain, not something that happens very often.

And who'd have thought that one of the first fruits of the relaxation of rules on product placement would be an illustration of the medicinal benefits of glugging a bottle of Smirnoff vodka? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RockitRon wrote:

Why is it, though, that the people who inhabit some of our most beautiful and nominally peaceful locations (Cornwall, Norfolk, Jersey, Scottish Highlands) are always portrayed as being eccentric, or stupid?


Oh I donít think that itís they are portrayed as being stupid, Ron. I think (and I know lots of Cornish people) that DM portrays Cornish peoplesí general character really well. Cornish people are down to earth, unsophisticated, unpretentious and community dependent but also very competitive within that community, fiercely loyal and protective of their own, their warm welcoming nature is hardened by their hereditary suspicion of outsiders, they can create the most enormous fun from a very ordinary situation because they donít compartmentalise their lives in the way that sophisticated people do, they just live to extract every ounce of life from their surroundings and the people around them. Some of the characters in DM are a little over the top but fundamentally that is what Cornish folk are like.
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