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Series 6 - Episode 1
Sickness and Health
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It’s two years since we last saw flinty curmudgeon Dr Martin Ellingham and when we return to the pretty Cornish village of Portwenn nothing has changed – he’s still a miserable git. Even the prospect of his much-anticipated wedding to his beloved Louisa doesn’t put a song in his heart. The couple’s first attempt at matrimony fell apart, but at last they are successful (this isn’t a spoiler, the nuptials are in the opening minutes).
The ceremony is smartly dispatched by a very impatient groom and we spend the rest of the episode with the happy couple (Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz) as they confront a string of disasters on a hopeless honeymoon. There’s not much of a story, just a series of increasingly weird and barely credible incidents. Back home Aunty Ruth (splendid Eileen Atkins) is babysitting, and has her fair share of troubles, too.
Portwenn is buzzing with excitement as the final preparations are made for the Doc and Louisa's big day. However, Martin is irritated by PC Penhale, who wrongly presumes he is best man - and to make matters worse, the bride is late. This isn't the first time the couple have tried to get married - will the villagers have to put the confetti back in the box again? Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz star, with John Marquez, Eileen Atkins and Ian McNeice.
Cast & Crew
Dr Martin Ellingham
PC Joe Penhale
Full Episode Guide
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