Doc Martin S9
In Season 9 of this fan-favourite British rom-com/drama, Dr Martin Ellington’s career is hanging in the balance as the General Medical Council investigates complaints made against him. He’s always been a socially challenged, grumpy sort, who has set out to alienate everyone in Portwenn against him since the first day he moved to Cornwall from London, but this season sees his disposition reaching new lows.
He has to contend with the representative from the GMC, Rebecca Hedden (Hermione Gulliford), who’s come to assess both Martin and his surgery. The Doc thinks the assessment is a complete waste of time, which, of course, he makes no effort to hide from Dr Hedden.
When it comes to easy viewing, pleasurable TV series, Doc Martin has it all. As the Los Angeles Times says, “While very much a familiar sort of construction, it is exquisitely made, funny and maddening at once and always nice to look at.”
And the Guardian writes, “A tragedy stuck inside a comedy, as so many fine British comedies have ever been at heart.”
New episodes of the brand-new Season 9 arrive on ITV Choice (Channel 123) on DStv Now every Monday at 20:00, and Seasons 1 to 8 are on Netflix to catch up on.
IMDB rating: 8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 83%