November 21st, 2009


The strange tale of Doc Martin...

Way back when the ITV television series Doc Martin began airing on the ABC in 2005, I frowned at the screen and said " ...they're advertising this as a brand new series, but haven't there been commercials for this years before now?"

The answer, I discovered a month or so ago was, "well, sort of."

'Doc Martin' started out as a couple of Sky Television telemovies based on a character Martin Clunes played in the film Saving Grace - Doctor Martin Bamford. The films were 'Doc Martin' and 'Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie'. Sky Pictures was planning on making six telemovies, however they folded after the first two. Martin Clunes took the idea to ITV, at which point the television series was commissioned --- but with not without significant changes.

What I find fascinating about this story is how the narrative and the character of Martin changed, and how I found myself responding when I finally caught up with the original Sky Television films.

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