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Doc Martin TV Location: Port Isaac, Cornwall
Doc Martin has been a staple on ITV, American Public Television, DVDs, and online streaming services such as Acorn TV (which supplied the photos in this article) since its debut in 2004.
The series, which features Martin Clunes as a "GP with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood," is now up to season 8 (as of October, 2017), and a final ninth season will launch in 2018.
The program is set in the fictional village of Portwenn, on the Cornish coast. In real life, Portwenn is , a small town in North Cornwall that has been a location in many films and TV shows--including Saving Grace, a film comedy from 2000 that starred Brenda Blethyn as a geriatric pot farmer and featured Martin Clunes as (cue fanfare!) Dr. Bamford, the village physician.
Port Isaac has an official population of 721, but that number swells considerably during the tourist season, thanks to the village's picturesque setting and--in recent years--its role as a mecca for Doc Martin fans. If you'd like to visit, we recommend booking early. (See Web links below.)
Port Isaac and Doc Martin locations:
Visit Cornwall: Doc Martin Locations to Visit
Doc Martin Tour
Guide: Port Isaac
Wikipedia: Port Isaac
Doc Martin TV show:
Guide: Doc Martin
IMDb: Doc Martin
Wikipedia: Doc Martin
Acorn TV: Doc Martin
In British parlance, a "season" is a series, while in American usage, a "series" is a show. We've stuck with U.S. usage since we're Americans, but most of the sites that we've linked to in this article use "series" to mean "season." Still, as an expat American fisherman in Portwenn/Port Isaac might say, "Whatever floats your boat."
Photos courtesy of Acorn TV.
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