Blade on the Feather

Series 8 - Episode 7 Blade on the Feather



The GP’s haemophobia was largely under control in this series from 2017. He had the odd moment where he felt woozy at the sight of blood – most notably when he almost fell off the jetty trying to talk down a potential suicide – but in this episode an unfortunate incident in the surgery demonstrates how bad his phobia really is. It also has serious consequences for him.

The laughs are few and far between, although the sight of Louisa (Caroline Catz) dressed as a sailor and sporting a full beard will raise a smile. The reason for the fancy dress is the annual Portwenn v Port Carran rowing competition, a friendly race between the two villages, which over the years has turned into a grudge match.

Odd ailment of the week goes to garage owner Graham Hendy. He keeps falling over and slurring his words but it’s not what you might think.


It is the annual Portwenn versus Port Carran gig race and school gig festival, and this time Penhale is the umpire and Morwenna is the Portwenn team captain. However, Morwenna is forced to find a replacement rower when Eric dislocates his finger. Meanwhile, Mel Hendy goes to see Martin at the surgery worried about a rash that could be infectious, but she ends up opening up to him about her concerns over her husband's drinking. Elsewhere, Martin and Louisa arrive home to find Chris Parsons waiting for them.

Cast & Crew

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
Samantha Trappett Emma Handy
Pippa Woodley Buffy Davis
Becky Trevean Ella Ainsworth
Ellie Olivia Elsden
Mel Hendy Rosie Ede
Caitlin Morgan Angela Curran
Eric the Fishmonger Stephen Ventura
Alice Taylor Pippa Nixon
Local Man Julian Seager
Graham Hendy Richard Lumsden
Mr Cleveland John MacNeill
Female Patient Maggie Tagney
Chris Parsons Vincent Franklin
Luca Frucella-Tildesley James Henry
Noah Frucella-Tildesley James Henry
Director Nigel Cole
Executive Producer Mark Crowdy
Producer Philippa Braithwaite
Writer Richard Stoneman
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Drama Comedy