Sickness and Health

Series 6 - Episode 1 Sickness and Health



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 Martin Clunes
Louisa Glasson Caroline Catz
Ruth Ellingham Eileen Atkins
Bert Large Ian McNeice
Al Large Joe Absolom
PC Joe Penhale John Marquez
Morwenna Newcross Jessica Ransom
Mike Pruddy Felix Scott
Vicar David Ryall
Director Nigel Cole
Executive Producer Mark Crowdy
Producer Philippa Braithwaite
Writer Jack Lothian
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Drama Comedy