Doc Martin

Series 5 - 7. Cats and Sharks

Cats and Sharks
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Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

What is it about Portwenn that attracts so many batty people? Nearly everyone in the place lives on the fringes of eccentricity. And that’s not another picturesque Cornish village. Tonight we meet Mrs Florence Dingly (played charmingly and lovingly by Anne Reid), who runs the local cat shelter and obviously takes more care of her moggies than she does of herself. Her run-ins with Doc Martin are a comic delight.

Meanwhile, Bert gets into trouble over an outstanding loan, Eleanor shirks her baby-minding duties — off-loading little James onto a local teenager in order to help Bert organise a sangria-laden Andalusian evening — and Martin, facing an emergency, has to perform an operation in his surgery.

About this programme

7/8. Bert struggles to come up with the money to repay loan sharks Alastair and Norman Tonken, who gave him £1,000 to clear his debts. Eleanor falls ill and Martin diagnoses a strangulated hernia, but when the ambulance goes to the wrong village, he has no alternative but to perform the emergency operation himself in his surgery. With Martin Clunes, Ian McNeice and Louise Jameson.

Cast and crew


Dr Martin Ellingham
Martin Clunes
Louisa Glasson
Caroline Catz
Bert Large
Ian McNeice
Al Large
Joe Absolom
PC Penhale
John Marquez
Mrs Tishell
Selina Cadell
Ruth Ellingham
Eileen Atkins
Morwenna Newcross
Jessica Ransom
Eleanor Glasson
Louise Jameson
Mrs Dingley
Anne Reid
Alastair Tonken
Alan Williams
Norman Tonken
Marcus Cunningham
Mr Bell
Bill Thomas
Mrs Bell
Judy Norman
Angie Grappy
Angela Terence


Paul Seed
Executive Producer
Mark Crowdy
Philippa Braithwaite
Richard Stoneman