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S5-E7 Cats and Sharks

S5-E7 Cats and Sharks



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.


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 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
Director Paul Seed
Executive Producer Mark Crowdy
Producer Philippa Braithwaite
Writer Richard Stoneman
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Comedy Drama

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