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Old 27-02-2013, 13:41
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So, recently MC stated that he was anxious to join Downton Abbey. Could the part of "Sir John Bullock" be written with him in mind? (2nd to last sentence) http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...ton-abbey.html
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Old 27-02-2013, 14:36
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DM doesn't have a panic attack, NewPark--as his symptoms resembled nothing like that--but he does experience an episode of sudden shock. That causes a vagovasal response which can indeed oftentimes cause fainting. After all, Mrs. T did the same upon seeing the pregnant Louisa!
Well...

I have had this symptom/conditon for all my adult life and now i know what it is...

Having researched it I find I have so many of the triggers...

I have learned to live with it and avoid these triggers or if I unexpectedly find myself in that situation, I lie down, pref in the open air. And I am not really ' right ' until I have had a night's sleep in my own bed.

All adds up

Thank You mmDerdekea
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Old 27-02-2013, 14:59
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So, recently MC stated that he was anxious to join Downton Abbey. Could the part of "Sir John Bullock" be written with him in mind? (2nd to last sentence) http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...ton-abbey.html
Except for the last line:

Filming on Downton is due to start on March 23.

That kills it for our guy.
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Old 27-02-2013, 15:24
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A friend recently discovered Doc Martin, season 5 on tv, so I have loaned her my DM seasons 1 and 2 DVDs. She said she would be watching them with another friend in 2 or 3 marathon sessions.

Does that make me an enabler?
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Old 27-02-2013, 15:26
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So, recently MC stated that he was anxious to join Downton Abbey. Could the part of "Sir John Bullock" be written with him in mind? (2nd to last sentence) http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...ton-abbey.html
Appears the timing may be wrong as the filming of the programs seems to overlap. I thought MC might appear as a farmer plowing behind some horses.
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Old 27-02-2013, 16:33
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A friend recently discovered Doc Martin, season 5 on tv, so I have loaned her my DM seasons 1 and 2 DVDs. She said she would be watching them with another friend in 2 or 3 marathon sessions.

Does that make me an enabler?


Would be very interested to know if they liked it very much after just seeing s5? Or did you convince them earlier series were better?
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Old 27-02-2013, 16:47
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Appears the timing may be wrong as the filming of the programs seems to overlap. I thought MC might appear as a farmer plowing behind some horses.
With, of course, his boys Ronnie and Bruce.
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Old 27-02-2013, 17:25
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A friend recently discovered Doc Martin, season 5 on tv, so I have loaned her my DM seasons 1 and 2 DVDs. She said she would be watching them with another friend in 2 or 3 marathon sessions.

Does that make me an enabler?
Yes and we all thank you.

I have 2 PBS stations in my area, both have played S1 and 2. I wrote to one asking why they had only run the first 2 seasons when there were 5 available. They responded that it came down to cost and they would only purchase additional series if viewer participation was high enough. Since it is unclear how they would guage this, I try to watch on TV whenever DM is on (also DCI Banks)

I was to my local Barnes and Noble the other day and there were NO DM DVD's in stock - all sold out. Also, no MBB. Gazillions of other British TV and movies though. But I have never seen DM at Target - that is where I got Call the Midwife.
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Old 27-02-2013, 18:01
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I've actually seen it on Google before - let me check.

It's off of Trewetha Lane on Hillson Close, at the top of the hill just as you head out of town. Hillson Close seems to be a small cluster of apartments or condos and the surgery is at the back of the complex. If you look at it on Google maps you can see the striped parking lot with a few cars parked. Street view takes you right up to the parking lot.
Thanks, I did find it. You just have to remember to not "drive too fast" -
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Old 27-02-2013, 19:27
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Old 27-02-2013, 20:29
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Yes and we all thank you.

I have 2 PBS stations in my area, both have played S1 and 2. I wrote to one asking why they had only run the first 2 seasons when there were 5 available. They responded that it came down to cost and they would only purchase additional series if viewer participation was high enough. Since it is unclear how they would guage this, I try to watch on TV whenever DM is on (also DCI Banks)

I was to my local Barnes and Noble the other day and there were NO DM DVD's in stock - all sold out. Also, no MBB. Gazillions of other British TV and movies though. But I have never seen DM at Target - that is where I got Call the Midwife.
Have you looked at amazon online? I did and they have both available - at better prices than you would find in stores. Just don't buy from amazon/uk as that will give you region 2 dvds which I don't think you want. The best price I saw for DM Series 1-4 was around $50. and S5 was about $16. used, plus postage. MBB is also available used. I have been buying used dvds and have never had a problem. Just read carefully the condition and look at the number of reviews each seller gets and you can surmise they have been around for quite a while.
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Old 27-02-2013, 20:49
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Have you looked at amazon online? I did and they have both available - at better prices than you would find in stores. Just don't buy from amazon/uk as that will give you region 2 dvds which I don't think you want. The best price I saw for DM Series 1-4 was around $50. and S5 was about $16. used, plus postage. MBB is also available used. I have been buying used dvds and have never had a problem. Just read carefully the condition and look at the number of reviews each seller gets and you can surmise they have been around for quite a while.
I have all 5 seasons on DVD - did that soon after seeing "Going Bodmin" on my local station last fall. I just figure the more interest there is, the more incentive there is for MC/PB to keep on going with DM.

Actually, I ordered the set of S1-4 from B&N for the best price I could find. I was encouraged that the store was sold out.

My comment about availability at Target relates to these not necessarily being available to the masses. Unlike other British programs that may be a partnership with PBS/Masterpiece Theater.
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Old 27-02-2013, 20:56
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Old 27-02-2013, 22:54
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Connie, you take this pix on tthe recent camping trip you arranged for MC and his buds?
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Old 28-02-2013, 01:22
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Connie, you take this pix on tthe recent camping trip you arranged for MC and his buds?
Yes - and a good time was had by all! Madagascar and lemurs everywhere.
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Old 28-02-2013, 09:47
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This is one of my least favorite episodes.

Firstly, I confess to being almost completely uninterested in the Pauline-Al storyline in general and this one in particular seems quite contrived.

Second, for most of the episode DM is thoroughly unpleasant to Louisa, quite unreasonably so, even though she is deep in denial about how much the baby will change her life. I understand that being frustrating but still....bellowing at her about handicapped children and miscarriages is beyond the pale, imo.

Third, I really don't like his interactions with Edith. Why does he let her sit so close to him when they're editing her paper? What does the expression on his face mean when a) she tells him that she's missed being with him and b) when she kisses him. Yuck.

As a side note, I was taught at least (maybe erroneously, I don't know) that panic attacks very rarely, if ever, result in fainting). Still, a nice pratfall by MC, so perhaps dramatic license can be overlooked.
THings I so like about this episode:

Pauline: That’s the thing about emergencies- you don’t know about them in advance. If you did, they’d be called appointments.

Pauline supports DM by saying it was an accident.

DM: You realise it’s a road traffic accident, don’t you, not actually murder?

I also like Edith’s speech with all the initials: BJMG, RCOG, AGM etc. I think she’s great.
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Old 28-02-2013, 17:25
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I also like Edith’s speech with all the initials: BJMG, RCOG, AGM etc. I think she’s great.
My son says that if he works from home for a single day, he has a dozen new acronyms to learn...

But, great casting of supporting characters underlines and strengthens every episode of Doc Martin.

Quality actors who know their craft, every one.

BP are never ones to scrimp on the pay-roll

And my goodness, doesn't it show ?
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Old 28-02-2013, 18:09
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I have all 5 seasons on DVD - did that soon after seeing "Going Bodmin" on my local station last fall. I just figure the more interest there is, the more incentive there is for MC/PB to keep on going with DM.

Actually, I ordered the set of S1-4 from B&N for the best price I could find. I was encouraged that the store was sold out.

My comment about availability at Target relates to these not necessarily being available to the masses. Unlike other British programs that may be a partnership with PBS/Masterpiece Theater.
Our local Costco carries the DM S1-4 series DVD.
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Old 28-02-2013, 22:55
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Our local Costco carries the DM S1-4 series DVD.
I just got a new Acorn catalogue and DM was on the front cover. They are selling a special edition set with all 5 series plus the two Doc Martin movies - for $125.00

Yikes!
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Old 28-02-2013, 23:51
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This is one of my least favorite episodes.

Firstly, I confess to being almost completely uninterested in the Pauline-Al storyline in general and this one in particular seems quite contrived.

Second, for most of the episode DM is thoroughly unpleasant to Louisa, quite unreasonably so, even though she is deep in denial about how much the baby will change her life. I understand that being frustrating but still....bellowing at her about handicapped children and miscarriages is beyond the pale, imo.

Third, I really don't like his interactions with Edith. Why does he let her sit so close to him when they're editing her paper? What does the expression on his face mean when a) she tells him that she's missed being with him and b) when she kisses him. Yuck.

As a side note, I was taught at least (maybe erroneously, I don't know) that panic attacks very rarely, if ever, result in fainting). Still, a nice pratfall by MC, so perhaps dramatic license can be overlooked.
I have to confess that I am not so much interested in the Al - Pauline story either, but I really liked this episode.

In any good romantic story there has to be one good knock down, drag out fight and this seems to be it for Martin & Louisa (pretty much throughout the episode). In an earlier series they had the shouting match in the school parking lot about bodies piling up in the streets, but that was about both of their jobs, not personal at all. This is all about them and their increasing tension as the arrival of their baby grows closer and closer.

I have to say that I understood Martin losing his temper in the opening scene. We saw him running through town to get to Louisa because he thought she - and possibly the baby - were in danger. When he started realizing that it really wasn't an emergency and AJ said it really wasn't a bother, it wasn't surprising that he blew up since he probably had a waiting room full of patients. Of course, as usual, he took it too far and Louisa was entirely justified in giving it right back to him. But at that point he was on a roll and just kept digging himself deeper and deeper. I was upset with him and his campaign to keep her out of the job she wanted, but I really put that down to his feeling that his life was spinning out of control with the baby on the way and he not having any control over what was happening. You have to figure that there have not been many times in his life that he didn't have complete control over everything in his life.

And then there was Edith. I didn't see anything in this episode that indicated he was starting to gravitate toward her romantically. When they were sitting so close in the kitchen, it was obvious that it was by her design. His chair was where you would expect, but hers was pulled way over. He was so engrossed in editing the article that I dont think he even realized what she was trying to do. When she said that she had missed this, I thought his expression said that his attention had been pulled out of what he was doing with the article and looked at her with a bit of surprise and maybe a teeny bit of annoyance. Before we could see what happened, Louisa knocked on the door (this time SHE got to be the interrupter ). I think he made the comment to her about ruining his evening because they were both still in "battle" mode and he decided to score some points.

As for the kiss. I wasn't bothered by it because it looked to me to come as a shock to him. And you will notice that he never moved his lips from the shocked position (very similar to when Mrs Tishell kissed him as he was leaving) and they still hadn't moved after she got into the car and drove away. Not anything close to his reaction to the times Louisa has kissed him. And then he immediately looks across to the school (and possibly Louisa's house since it is almost next door). Answered the question (for me at least) where his mind was immediately after Edith kissed him.

I just saw this episode as a step they had to go through in their complicated relationship.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:55
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In any good romantic story there has to be one good knock down, drag out fight and this seems to be it for Martin & Louisa (pretty much throughout the episode). In an earlier series they had the shouting match in the school parking lot about bodies piling up in the streets, but that was about both of their jobs, not personal at all. This is all about them and their increasing tension as the arrival of their baby grows closer and closer.

I have to say that I understood Martin losing his temper in the opening scene. We saw him running through town to get to Louisa because he thought she - and possibly the baby - were in danger. When he started realizing that it really wasn't an emergency and AJ said it really wasn't a bother, it wasn't surprising that he blew up since he probably had a waiting room full of patients. Of course, as usual, he took it too far and Louisa was entirely justified in giving it right back to him. But at that point he was on a roll and just kept digging himself deeper and deeper. I was upset with him and his campaign to keep her out of the job she wanted, but I really put that down to his feeling that his life was spinning out of control with the baby on the way and he not having any control over what was happening. You have to figure that there have not been many times in his life that he didn't have complete control over everything in his life.
I agree and I think Louisa and joan might have felt a tad guilty. They didn't really fight back with the same level of anger. And we know what a pig sty that place was before she moved in!
I love the look on DM's face as he comes charging up the sidewalk like mad bull and bumps into the school secretary and yells "damn"!


As for the kiss. I wasn't bothered by it because it looked to me to come as a shock to him. And you will notice that he never moved his lips from the shocked position (very similar to when Mrs Tishell kissed him as he was leaving) and they still hadn't moved after she got into the car and drove away. Not anything close to his reaction to the times Louisa has kissed him. And then he immediately looks across to the school (and possibly Louisa's house since it is almost next door). Answered the question (for me at least) where his mind was immediately after Edith kissed him.
The kiss. DM walks out the door with those upward funny eyes like he had in Family Way and takes some deep breaths. His I-just-hate-this look at Edith after swallowing his pride and accepting help called for some type of response. Dare I say from her angle the kiss was appropriate?
Yes, he just froze, but I think it shocked him out of what he was sinking into at that moment. And he ended up with thoughts of Louisa.

I loved the slow tango music with the last few notes on DM and then we hear the door close.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:10
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I have to confess that I am not so much interested in the Al - Pauline story either, but I really liked this episode.

In any good romantic story there has to be one good knock down, drag out fight and this seems to be it for Martin & Louisa (pretty much throughout the episode). In an earlier series they had the shouting match in the school parking lot about bodies piling up in the streets, but that was about both of their jobs, not personal at all. This is all about them and their increasing tension as the arrival of their baby grows closer and closer.

I have to say that I understood Martin losing his temper in the opening scene. We saw him running through town to get to Louisa because he thought she - and possibly the baby - were in danger. When he started realizing that it really wasn't an emergency and AJ said it really wasn't a bother, it wasn't surprising that he blew up since he probably had a waiting room full of patients. Of course, as usual, he took it too far and Louisa was entirely justified in giving it right back to him. But at that point he was on a roll and just kept digging himself deeper and deeper. I was upset with him and his campaign to keep her out of the job she wanted, but I really put that down to his feeling that his life was spinning out of control with the baby on the way and he not having any control over what was happening. You have to figure that there have not been many times in his life that he didn't have complete control over everything in his life.

And then there was Edith. I didn't see anything in this episode that indicated he was starting to gravitate toward her romantically. When they were sitting so close in the kitchen, it was obvious that it was by her design. His chair was where you would expect, but hers was pulled way over. He was so engrossed in editing the article that I dont think he even realized what she was trying to do. When she said that she had missed this, I thought his expression said that his attention had been pulled out of what he was doing with the article and looked at her with a bit of surprise and maybe a teeny bit of annoyance. Before we could see what happened, Louisa knocked on the door (this time SHE got to be the interrupter ). I think he made the comment to her about ruining his evening because they were both still in "battle" mode and he decided to score some points.

As for the kiss. I wasn't bothered by it because it looked to me to come as a shock to him. And you will notice that he never moved his lips from the shocked position (very similar to when Mrs Tishell kissed him as he was leaving) and they still hadn't moved after she got into the car and drove away. Not anything close to his reaction to the times Louisa has kissed him. And then he immediately looks across to the school (and possibly Louisa's house since it is almost next door). Answered the question (for me at least) where his mind was immediately after Edith kissed him.

I just saw this episode as a step they had to go through in their complicated relationship.
He was absolutely furious in that first scene, wasn't he. You can imagine a train of thought in his head -- he runs over and finds that he didn't need to be there, and maybe he thinks something like, great, I'm not to be involved at all with this baby but at the slightest problem they expect me to come running, never mind that I have a full waiting room.
And then he has to watch Louisa being naive about what she is undertaking on her own, while at the same time perhaps feeling a little guilty because he ,must know that he is considering going off to London and leaving her to it?

Still snarlingly nasty when she showed up at his back door, but he backed down pretty quickly, I thought, when she started to cry.

I agree that Edith initiated the close contact, but for a man who doesn't like to be touched, or to have his "space" intruded on, he wasn't shifting his chair away from her. I thought he looked a little bemused at her advances, but not entirely rejecting.

And then we have Edith's evil smirk as she passes Louisa and Pauline and Al.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:12
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So, recently MC stated that he was anxious to join Downton Abbey. Could the part of "Sir John Bullock" be written with him in mind? (2nd to last sentence) http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...ton-abbey.html
Considering the turmoil over here in the States over the finale of DA, I suggest that MC stays well clear of that lot... just my opinion, as I thought DA Season 3 was less than good.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:57
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Here's a teaser for a "Great Rewatch" at kCET which I am posting because a) it sounds like the same person wrote it who did the original Great Rewatch that we enjoyed so much and b) there is an unsubstantiated guess that that S6 will air in the US in 2013.

http://www.kcet.org/shows/tvtalk/tv-...eason-six.html
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Old 01-03-2013, 13:00
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Considering the turmoil over here in the States over the finale of DA, I suggest that MC stays well clear of that lot... just my opinion, as I thought DA Season 3 was less than good.
Me, too, Rob. I love period costumes and maggie smith as much as the next person but I just couldn't get into this season.
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