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Series 5 - Episode 7
Cats and Sharks
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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
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.
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 & Crew
Dr Martin Ellingham
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