All My Trials

Series 8 - Episode 8 All My Trials

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Review

With the recent news that this popular series will finish for ever in 2019, you've hopefully been making the most of these repeats.

In this episode, “The American”, as everyone in Portwenn refers to Beth Traywick (Sigourney Weaver), is back in the village. She’s ostensibly working on her family tree but spends most of her time flirting with Martin and suggesting that if the English medical profession doesn’t appreciate him, he could “make a killing” in the States. As regulars will know, that kind of talk is not going to go down well with the doc-obsessed Mrs Tishell.

The doctor in question, however, is more concerned about the imminent medical hearing that may result in him being permanently banned from practising. He’s not supposed to be treating patients for the time being but it’s a funny thing – medical emergencies keep presenting themselves to him. Even in the middle of the hearing.

It’s been a long time since he moved to Cornwall from London but we finally hear him say the words we’ve been waiting for: “I’m glad I’m here.”

Summary

Martin prepares to face his hearing, but despite having closed the practice, he finds all his patients are trying to make appointments. An American tourist who visited Portwenn previously returns to the town, hoping to research her family tree. However, she also has a medical issue, and comes to the troubled doctor seeking his advice. Louisa goes to see Chris to find out how serious the situation is, while the townsfolk take steps to show Martin how much he is appreciated. Sigourney Weaver reprises her guest role from the previous series.

Cast & Crew

Beth Traywick Sigourney Weaver
Dr Martin Ellingham Martin Clunes
Louisa Ellingham Caroline Catz
Bert Large Ian McNeice
Ruth Ellingham Eileen Atkins
Al Large Joe Absolom
Morwenna Newcross Jessica Ransom
PC Joe Penhale John Marquez
Mrs Tishell Selina Cadell
Chris Parsons Vincent Franklin
Bill Potter Tim Mothersdale
Professor Langan Rupert Vansittart
Mrs Moorelands Fiona Mason
Dr Howell Parth Thakerar
Female customer Tilly Standing
James Henry Noah Frucella-Tildesley
James Henry Luca Frucella-Tildesley
Director Nigel Cole
Executive Producer Mark Crowdy
Producer Philippa Braithwaite
Writer Jack Lothian
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