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A catchy comedy drama that stars Martin Clunes as the brash doctor Martin Ellingham, whose blunt opinions and tactless manner cause mayhem in a small Cornish community.

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Better The Devil #401 [TV-PG]
Life has become ever more infuriating for Dr. Martin Ellingham since the heart-wrenching decision to call off his marriage to Louisa. Martin has begun to question what keeps him in Cornwall. On a visit to the hospital, Martin is stunned to meet Edith, his old girlfriend from medical school days who is now a top-ranking doctor with a flourishing private practice. Martin learns there is a prestigious surgeon's job opening up in London that is perfect for him if he can overcome his blood phobia. But all Martin's thoughts of the future are turned upside-down when Louisa unexpectedly returns to Portwenn. She wants nothing to do with Martin, but she has big news of her own.

  • KET Thursday, May 21 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KET Friday, May 22 at 2:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Friday, May 22 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, May 24 at 3:00 pm EDT

Uneasy Lies The Head #402 [TV-PG]
Martin struggles to deal with the news of Louisa's pregnancy. But Louisa is adamant that she does not want Martin involved. She is hired to teach at the local school, but the headmaster is acting strangely. He has an arm that rises up into the air without him seeming to notice it! At the hospital for a routine check-up, Louisa discovers that Edith is going to be her doctor. She also learns something about Martin and Edith's relationship during medical school that shocks her. Upon returning to school, Louisa discovers that the headmaster has taken her pupils down to the treacherous rock pools of Roscarrock Cove for a nature walk. She alerts Martin and he rushes there to try and save the children.

  • KET Thursday, May 28 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KET Friday, May 29 at 2:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Friday, May 29 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 pm EDT

Perish Together As Fools #403 [TV-PG]
Martin is shocked to find Louisa and Aunt Joan knocking at his door before his office has opened. Louisa has had a medical scare and wants Martin's reassurance that everything is fine. P.C. Penhale, still officially the world's worst policeman, has an unexpected visitor - his older brother Sam. Martin notices that Sam has some problems with his memory and co-ordination. It's probably just a virus, but when Martin takes Sam's family history, he decides there is a very small possibility that Sam has a rare genetic disease. It turns out that Martin diagnoses a different illness that will change Penhale's opinion of his brother forever.

  • KET Thursday, June 4 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KET Friday, June 5 at 2:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Friday, June 5 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, June 7 at 3:00 pm EDT

Driving Mr. McLynn #404 [TV-PG]
Martin is called to Louisa's new home after she has a dizzy spell while shifting furniture. Martin urges her to slow down, but is shocked to learn that Louisa has applied to be her school's head teacher again. Aunt Joan is involved in a car crash with the McLynns, an elegant elderly couple. When P.C. Penhale rushes to the scene and tries to impose his authority, he is ignored by both drivers. Edith visits Martin for some advice on her medical research, and Martin reveals he has applied for the prestigious surgeon's job in London.

  • KET Thursday, June 11 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KET Friday, June 12 at 2:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Friday, June 12 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, June 14 at 3:00 pm EDT

The Departed #405 [TV-PG]
Martin is in London to meet with Robert Dashwood, who is leading the selection process for the prestigious London surgeon's job that he has applied for. On the train back to Cornwall, Martin is annoyed to be seated next to one of his patients, a sheep farmer named Jim Selkirk. Jim falls asleep and slumps onto Martin's shoulder - dead from heart failure! Theo, one of Louisa's students, becomes ill in class. His parents, Juliet and Richard Wenn, are certain that their child picked up the illness in Joan's chicken coop during a school field trip. Martin cannot deny it is a possibility and the couple announces their intention to sue Aunt Joan.

  • KET Thursday, June 18 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KET Friday, June 19 at 2:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Friday, June 19 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, June 21 at 3:00 pm EDT

Midwife Crisis #406 [TV-PG]
Martin meets Portwenn's new midwife, Molly, who will be looking after Louisa. He finds that cognitive behavioral exercises are a great help with his blood phobia and he is able to take blood from P.C. Penhale without reacting. Martin visits Aunt Joan at her farm, and breaks the news that he is intending to become a surgeon in London again. Martin and Molly have their final stand-off when Louisa develops a temperature which Molly tries to sooth with herbal remedies. Edith has big news for Martin that Louisa overhears - Robert is going to offer him the prestigious surgeon's job in London.

  • KET Thursday, June 25 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KET Friday, June 26 at 2:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Friday, June 26 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, June 28 at 3:04 pm EDT

Do Not Disturb #407 [TV-PG]
To solve her farm's money problems, Aunt Joan starts a small bed-and-breakfast business. Pauline's suspicions are confirmed when she steams open a confidential letter addressed to Martin and discovers his contract offer for the London job. Martin deals with the victim of an accident without hesitation, proving to both himself and Edith that his blood phobia is completely cured, and he is now fully able to be a surgeon in London again.

  • KET Thursday, July 2 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KET Friday, July 3 at 2:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Friday, July 3 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, July 5 at 3:00 pm EDT

The Wrong Goodbye #408 [TV-PG]
Martin and Pauline are surprised by the number of patients coming to see him on the last day before he moves to London. Martin is driving out of Portwenn with the moving men when he sees Tasha fall from the Harbour Day stage. With a little bit of help from a guilty Bert and Al, he is able to diagnose Tasha's medical condition, and is shocked to learn that she is married to taxi driver Tommy, and that he is driving Louisa to her hospital appointment.

  • KET Thursday, July 9 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KET Friday, July 10 at 2:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Friday, July 10 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, July 12 at 3:00 pm EDT

Preserve The Romance #501 [TV-PG]
Martin finds his return to London delayed by the birth of his son, and then again by some sad news. Meanwhile he begins to have serious doubts about the competency of the new doctor after she misdiagnoses a patient and dishes out prescriptions for totally inappropriate drugs.

  • KET Thursday, July 16 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KET Friday, July 17 at 2:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Friday, July 17 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, July 19 at 3:00 pm EDT

Dry Your Tears #502 [TV-PG]
Martin moves to his former post at the surgery after the departure of Dr. Dibbs, agreeing to stay until a replacement is found. He persuades a reluctant Louisa to move into his house so he can help raise their son, and even suggests they could all move to London. Martin then delivers the eulogy at his aunt Joan's funeral and speaks to her sister Ruth, who proves to be just as cantankerous as he is.

  • KET Thursday, July 23 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KET Friday, July 24 at 2:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Friday, July 24 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, July 26 at 3:00 pm EDT

Born with a Shotgun #503 [TV-PG]
Sleepless nights are taking their toll on Martin and Louisa. Aunt Ruth is dealing with an intruder on the farm who has stolen the hubcaps from her car. The thief is identified as Michael Dunwich, who lives with his mother Shirley on a neighboring farm. Shirley makes an appointment with Martin to discuss the crippling stomach pains she has been suffering.

  • KET Thursday, July 30 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KET Friday, July 31 at 2:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Friday, July 31 at 8:00 pm EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, August 2 at 3:00 pm EDT

Mother Knows Best #504 [TV-PG]
It's Portwenn Fun Day. The event sparks a culinary rivalry between Bert Large, who runs Large's Restaurant, and the landlord of the Crab and Lobster pub. Louisa's mum Eleanor arrives in Portwenn unexpectedly.

  • KET Friday, August 7 at 2:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Sunday, August 9 at 3:00 pm EDT

Remember Me #505 [TV-PG]
PC Joe Penhale has an unexpected visitor in the shape of his ex-wife Maggie. Joe takes her to Large's restaurant, where fellow diner Martin quickly spots that Maggie is showing symptoms of amnesia. Louisa's mother Eleanor catches up with her old school friend Paul, a local fisherman, who takes her out on a date. Morwenna arrives at the surgery with an injured foot. PC Penhale warns Martin and Louisa that if they do not register a name for their baby soon, the state will be forced to step in.

  • KET Friday, August 14 at 2:00 am EDT

Don't Let Go #506 [TV-PG]
Joe Penhale is desperate to keep his ex-wife Maggie and show her he's changed. Aunt Ruth uncovers a chest of family heirlooms when she clears out a barn at the farm, including photos as Martin as a six-year-old schoolboy. Martin sets a date for the baby's christening without consulting Louisa. Tensions begin to rise between them.

  • KET Friday, August 21 at 2:00 am EDT

Cats and Sharks #507 [TV-PG]
Bert Large's restaurant business is in financial trouble. Eleanor comes to Bert's rescue with a plan to boost business at the restaurant. She digs in to help but begins to feel ill. Louisa insists she must see the Doc and Morwenna calls an ambulance. Martin plans to leave Portwenn to resume his career as a surgeon after his baby's christening.

  • KET Friday, August 28, 2015 at 2:00 am EDT

Ever After #508 [TV-PG]
Mrs. Tishell's long-standing crush on Martin takes a dramatic turn. It's now or never for Mrs. Tishell to make her romantic notions of a relationship with the Doc come true.

  • KET Friday, September 4, 2015 at 2:00 am EDT
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