Martin Clunes shines in his role as Dr. Martin Ellingham, the GP with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood, in the enormously successful dramedy produced by Buffalo Pictures and set in the idyllic Cornish hamlet of Portwenn.
Previous episodes are available to watch below for 14 days after their encore broadcast dates.
SEASON 7/8 EPISODE GUIDE (Airing Sept. 18, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019)
S7E1 – RESCUE ME
With Louisa visiting her mother in Spain to get some perspective on their marriage, Martin knows he needs to try to change for the sake of their relationship, so he endeavours to keep his promise to her to see a therapist. Aunt Ruth arranges an appointment for him with Dr. Rachel Timoney, but a lifeboat training exercise causes problems for the doctor.
S7E2 – THE SHOCK OF THE NEW
Al welcomes his first fishing guests, but an uninvited one means that a good review is definitely not guaranteed, while Bert decides to try to rejuvenate trade at the restaurant by joining an online voucher scheme. Morwenna asks Martin for a pay rise, and Louisa has to find a new babysitter to look after James Henry and reluctantly decides to offer Janice a trial. Penhale is excited to receive his new police issue Taser, but Portwenn does not exactly offer him plenty of opportunities to try it out.
S7E3 – iT’S GOOD TO TALK
Martin makes a decision to give Louisa more space, leaving Mrs Tishell concerned he will not be able to look after himself. Penhale helps Janice babysit, and Al is very concerned when he finds out about Bert’s behaviour and when he hears there are bailiffs at the restaurant.
S7E4 – EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION
Louisa and Martin have their first therapy session together – though neither of them was expecting they would be given homework. Morwenna is not amused when Peter Cronk, who is on work experience starts trying to boss her around in the surgery. Mrs Tishell is surprised when her husband Clive returns and tells her he wants to give things another go, and Louisa has to call Martin when one of her pupils needs help.
S7E5 – CONTROL-ALT-DELETE
Reaching breaking point with being followed around by Buddy, Martin resolves to find a vet to have the dog put down once and for all. Meanwhile, Ruth finds out that Bert has been trying to make his own whisky. Clive is suspicious of Mrs Tishell and who she might be cooking meals for, Penhale makes a hash of asking Janice out, and Louisa and Martin’s therapy homework results in a picnic on the beach, where they are interrupted by an emergency. Special Guest: Caroline Quentin
S7E6 – OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN
Louisa helps out her ex-boyfriend Danny when he brings seven children from London to camp on Ruth’s farm – supervised by Al and Bert – while she and Martin plan a date on the advice of Dr Timoney. However, their night at the restaurant is interrupted…by Danny and another crisis. Things get worse for the couple when Martin uncovers a health scare at James’s first birthday party that makes all the guests leave very quickly.
S7E7 – FACTA NON VERBA
Louisa is not best pleased when her new art teacher Erica wants to try out some rather alternative ideas on the children, while Dr Timoney is involved in an accident. Penhale is confused by a sudden offer, Bert decides to go back to being a handyman, and Louisa and Martin are intrigued when Dr Timoney invites them for an additional therapy session. Special Guests: Sigourney Weaver & Gemma Jones
S7E8 – THE DOCTOR IS OUT
Martin is gone and Louisa worries Dr Timoney’s suggestion caused his disappearance. Calling on Ruth, Morwenna and Janice for help, she tries to track the down the missing GP, with no luck. Where could he be and what might he be up to? Meanwhile, Ruth and Bert seek out Al to offer him a proposition regarding the whisky and the B&B. Special Guest: Gemma Jones
– SEASON 8 EPISODE GUIDE (ORIGINALLY PREMIERED NOV./DEC. 2017) –
S8E1: MYSTERIOUS WAYS
Available to watch online through Nov. 28, 2018
After successfully rekindling their relationship in spite of, rather than because of, their couples therapy, Louisa and Martin start Series 8 living together again in the surgery. Everything looks like it could be on an even keel for them at long last.
S8E2: SONS AND LOVERS
With Janice having left, Martin and Louisa need to find a nursery for James. He is accepted at Portwenn Tots, but not before Martin can insult the nursery manager, Mel.
S8E3: FAREWELL, MY LOVELY
Louisa decides to implement a rota to help with the smooth running of the Ellingham household; she soon starts to regret it when Martin takes it a bit too literally. Louisa has to take Year Six pupils sailing, much to her dismay, as Pippa has fallen ill. Martin is then left with collecting James from nursery every afternoon that week.
Available to watch online through Dec. 19, 2018
Having worked as missionaries in Kenya, Morwenna’s parents, Jack and Tara Newcross, pay her a surprise visit, and are surprised by the relationship between her and Al. Morwenna soon finds out the reason for her parents visit: Tara has terminal liver cancer. She has decided against treatment because of her faith. Both Morwenna and Martin think this is a foolish decision.
S8E5: FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES
Available to watch online through Dec. 26, 2018
James is teething: nothing seems to be working, and nobody is getting any sleep. In desperation, Martin and Louisa agree to try Mel’s suggestion of amber beads. They appear to be working, until James ends up getting a bead stuck up his nose.
S8E6: ACCIDENTAL HERO
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at 8pm ET/5 PT
Penhale decides to have a Police Open day to raise community awareness. The only genuine visitor he has though, is an angry farmer, Hannah Butler. Another three of her sheep have been stolen and Penhale seems to be doing nothing about it.
S8E7: BLADE ON THE FEATHER
Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 at 8pm ET/5 PT
Martin wakes up to an empty bed. When he goes looking for Louisa he discovers she is trying to write her resignation letter…
S8E8: ALL MY TRIALS
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 at 8pm ET/5 PT
As per Chris Parsons’ advice, Martin has not been practicing for a week before his hearing. This does not stop patients asking for his help though. Bill Potter, a local potter, approaches Martin with a suspected ganglion.