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Old 04-07-2013, 22:56
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I saw her once when I was out there. (They were filming a scene with Dame Eileen.) The crew referred to her as "The Missus". I though that was really cute.

It is a very unique setup they have with this show. Martin starring and Philippa producing. MC has mentioned that a majority of the crew come back for every series so they must enjoy it.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:25
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I found another DM site that has spoiler pictures. One with MC and James Henry - the dog, not the baby.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:51
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A belated but well-meant greeting to all of you south of the border! I just noticed that there seems to be only one message today. That has to mean that most of the members of this forum are American.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:01
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A belated but well-meant greeting to all of you south of the border! I just noticed that there seems to be only one message today. That has to mean that most of the members of this forum are American.
Thanks, Last Romantic! It is not quite dusk and fireworks are popping as I write and have been for several hours. I wonder when noisy blasts became more interesting than beautiful lighted displays in the sky after dark???? Love the holiday, hate the way some celebrate it.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:32
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This is quite a TV-literate group. If you would be willing to share, I'd be curious about your favorite shows. FYI, two of mine are "The Newsroom" and "Vera."
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:34
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This is quite a TV-literate group. If you would be willing to share, I'd be curious about your favorite shows. FYI, two of mine are "The Newsroom" and "Vera."
Statesidefan, for some reason I've never heard of Vera. All time favorites -- The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, Sopranos.

Also liked Orphan Black, The Americans, Mad Men, Family Tree, The Killing (Swedish version!), The Office (American version), Boardwalk Empire.

There's a certain fascination with darkness there that I really can't explain or even reconcile with obsessive interest in Doc Martin.
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Old 05-07-2013, 14:49
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I saw her once when I was out there. (They were filming a scene with Dame Eileen.) The crew referred to her as "The Missus". I though that was really cute.
I seem to remember someone else also spotted her while in PI. PoorRichard maybe? Anyway, there have been "sightings", just no photos apparently.
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Old 05-07-2013, 14:52
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They carry Doc Martin at my local Costco which is a pretty mainstream chain in the US.
Sorry, not as mainstream as Target, and not carried at Sam's Club or BJ's - also warehouse clubs.
I have a co-worker who knows I'm a fan who reported to me that he saw Doc Martin DVD's at the Target near his home. He didn't know which series, but swears it was there.
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Old 05-07-2013, 16:14
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I seem to remember someone else also spotted her while in PI. PoorRichard maybe? Anyway, there have been "sightings", just no photos apparently.


I saw Philippa in June on the set near to the Chemist shop...no photo though.
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Old 05-07-2013, 18:05
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Statesidefan, for some reason I've never heard of Vera. All time favorites -- The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, Sopranos.

Also liked Orphan Black, The Americans, Mad Men, Family Tree, The Killing (Swedish version!), The Office (American version), Boardwalk Empire.

There's a certain fascination with darkness there that I really can't explain or even reconcile with obsessive interest in Doc Martin.
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The original "The Killing" is a Danish production, not Swedish. It is a compelling production, highly recommended. It is available with sub-titles only in the UK and Americans interested in it can buy it from amazon.uk--but only in the Region 2 (PAL) format. But a DVD player capable of playing Region 2 (as well as U.S. DVDs) can be bought for about $50 (and it will allow one to buy other Region 2 DVDs--and some Region 1 DVDs at a price lower than in the U.S.--such as the release of the new DM in the UK which will be before it shows on PBS in the U.S.
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A belated but well-meant greeting to all of you south of the border! I just noticed that there seems to be only one message today. That has to mean that most of the members of this forum are American.
Thanks, Last Romantic. It was a fun day for me, but later I spent most of the evening comforting my two traumatized terriers, who will never, ever understand fireworks.
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Old 05-07-2013, 21:23
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This is quite a TV-literate group. If you would be willing to share, I'd be curious about your favorite shows. FYI, two of mine are "The Newsroom" and "Vera."
I had to think about this a bit. I don't get HBO, so I miss a lot of popular ones, but I did find a way to watch The Newsroom last year and loved it! Here is my list:

The Office (US), Lost (loved, loved, loved it!), Modern Family, Parenthood, 24, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (sadly only lasted 1 year but I loved it), Coronation Street, Doctor Who. Going back a bit: Ed, Beauty & the Beast (Linda Hamilton) & Moonlighting.

I also have a couple reality shows I enjoy: Amazing Race (love to check out the places where they travel) and my summer guilty pleasure Big Brother (it's an amazing social experiment).
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Old 05-07-2013, 21:26
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For all DM fans, just came back from Costco, they have a box set series 1-5, plus the DM movies for $64.99. Saw it on Acorn for $124 or so. A very good deal. This is the only place I've ever seen it for sale besides on line.
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Old 05-07-2013, 21:42
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The original "The Killing" is a Danish production, not Swedish. It is a compelling production, highly recommended. It is available with sub-titles only in the UK and Americans interested in it can buy it from amazon.uk--but only in the Region 2 (PAL) format. But a DVD player capable of playing Region 2 (as well as U.S. DVDs) can be bought for about $50 (and it will allow one to buy other Region 2 DVDs--and some Region 1 DVDs at a price lower than in the U.S.--such as the release of the new DM in the UK which will be before it shows on PBS in the U.S.
I think I am coming around to the view that a Region 2 DVD player would be a good idea, although I actually prefer streaming to DVDs.

Yes, thanks, PLM -- certainly Danish, not Swedish. We've seen all three series.
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Old 05-07-2013, 22:11
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For all DM fans, just came back from Costco, they have a box set series 1-5, plus the DM movies for $64.99. Saw it on Acorn for $124 or so. A very good deal. This is the only place I've ever seen it for sale besides on line.
That is a good deal.
I bought my set of 1-4 at Barnes and Noble, an actual store, for that price, then bought series 5 and the movies separately from Amazon I think. I bought the set from B&N because they were offering the best price at the time and I could take it home and pop it in.
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Old 05-07-2013, 22:26
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It's interesting to think of mothers in the series overall. Louisa is a naturally good mother, if lousy at multi-tasking. AJ is a good mother figure, especially earlier in the series, although perhaps a bit too blunt and forthright. In her own way, AR is another kind of mother substitute, both to DM and even more to Al. But it goes downhill from there ... most of the mothers bringing kids into the surgery are poor child managers, or intrusive, or so aggressive as to set DM's teeth on edge. Then the mother-in-law from hell, down to the nadir that is Margaret. It actually seems like a lot of focus on mother-child relationship (Last Romantic, what some have called, the first romance.) Maybe that's one of those naturally occurring themes that are in the zeitgeist, or maybe it reflects the life cycle status of writers and producers, etc.
I think that's an advantage of village/small town life for a TV show. You have the possibility of mothers from unemployed, working, stay at home, successful, less successful old and young.
If it was set in a particular suburb of a city (in Australia anyway) it would be less likely that there would be a wide spectrum of possibilities.

But you are right that all the mothers are less than ideal. But do you think that was deliberate because in reality no mother is perfect?
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Old 05-07-2013, 23:08
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Statesidefan, for some reason I've never heard of Vera. All time favorites -- The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, Sopranos.

Also liked Orphan Black, The Americans, Mad Men, Family Tree, The Killing (Swedish version!), The Office (American version), Boardwalk Empire.

There's a certain fascination with darkness there that I really can't explain or even reconcile with obsessive interest in Doc Martin.
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The Big Bang Theory is a favorite in my house, and my husband has every episode of Frasier. He is also obsessed with The Walking Dead (which I can't stomach....it's horrible!). We really love British tv--Broadchurch was great, Vicar of Dibley, and Love and Marriage are favorites. Also, have any of you watched Psychoville? We think it's brilliant...completely bonkers, but brilliant!!
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Old 05-07-2013, 23:29
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Statesidefan, for some reason I've never heard of Vera. All time favorites -- The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, Sopranos.

Also liked Orphan Black, The Americans, Mad Men, Family Tree, The Killing (Swedish version!), The Office (American version), Boardwalk Empire.

There's a certain fascination with darkness there that I really can't explain or even reconcile with obsessive interest in Doc Martin.
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I almost hesitate to bring the fairy tale back into the discussion, but I, too, tend to watch only murder/mystery series, unless I'm watching Doc Martin, of course. I believe that we are drawn to the dark and mysterious (an essential element in the fairy tale) because life itself is mysterious. The dark side, where we often feel confused, uncomfortable and lost, is a necessary part of one's own life; but to make progress, it must be faced.

I found myself within a forest dark for the straightforward pathway had been lost. Dante

There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. Carl Jung

Both the murder/mystery and Doc Martin are (each in their own way) engaging us in the inner journey. This the fascination for me.
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Old 05-07-2013, 23:33
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This is quite a TV-literate group. If you would be willing to share, I'd be curious about your favorite shows. FYI, two of mine are "The Newsroom" and "Vera."
My current favorites are "The Newsroom", "Mad Men", and "Modern Family". I'm also addicted to two reality shows, freely admit it, and am looking for a 12-step program for "The Amazing Race" and "Survivor". Yes, yes, I know. I can't help it. A recently lost favorite is "The Office". (US version) Oh, almost forgot. I fell in love with "Call the Midwife". What a wonderful show.

Going back in time, "Frasier", "I Love Lucy" (it's still pure genius), "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (I guess I like Mary Tyler Moore, huh, but they also had those brilliant Carl Reiner scripts), and my all-time favorite, best of the best, "The Avengers", which I've mentioned before.

Okay, I've shown my age, I guess. My mother says I took my first steps while visiting with friends who actually owned a TV (my parents didn't yet). They turned on "I Love Lucy" and I walked toward the TV. That's what she says. Oh! Sounds like Michael Scott.
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Old 05-07-2013, 23:41
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My current favorites are "The Newsroom", "Mad Men", and "Modern Family". I'm also addicted to two reality shows, freely admit it, and am looking for a 12-step program for "The Amazing Race" and "Survivor". Yes, yes, I know. I can't help it. A recently lost favorite is "The Office". (US version) Oh, almost forgot. I fell in love with "Call the Midwife". What a wonderful show.

Going back in time, "Frasier", "I Love Lucy" (it's still pure genius), "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (I guess I like Mary Tyler Moore, huh, but they also had those brilliant Carl Reiner scripts), and my all-time favorite, best of the best, "The Avengers", which I've mentioned before.

Okay, I've shown my age, I guess. My mother says I took my first steps while visiting with friends who actually owned a TV (my parents didn't yet). They turned on "I Love Lucy" and I walked toward the TV. That's what she says. Oh! Sounds like Michael Scott.
OMG, I forgot The Carol Burnett Show.
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Old 06-07-2013, 00:19
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This is quite a TV-literate group. If you would be willing to share, I'd be curious about your favorite shows. FYI, two of mine are "The Newsroom" and "Vera."
Shows I've enjoyed the most have been from the UK including: Poirot, Inspector Morse and the more recent Lewis, Midsomer Murders, and Fawlty Towers. The Miss Marple series was good too, but I always preferred the incredible Dame Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple--nothing says you can't enjoy some humour with your murder! I've found Vera interesting too, not so much because of the content, but because of the absolutely amazing starring actress, Brenda Blethyn. (She won awards for her role in Mike Leigh's Secrets and Lies, some years back--highly recommended.) (Other recent series such as Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, though beautifully produced, just don't do it for me for some reason.) Recently saw a very good British 2012 movie, The Scapegoat (based on a Daphne du Maurier novel) starring Matthew Rhys.

As for the US, I always thought Seinfeld was brilliant; Frasier less so, but entertaining at times. (Simply cannot stand any current series from America--but still love America and Americans!)

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Old 06-07-2013, 00:24
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I, too, love the series "Call the Midwife" about East London in the 1950's. But you can see this will have a limited run as better methods of family planning came along. If you read the book which this series is based upon by Jennie Worth she could take it only so far. I heard somewhere where the actress who plays Jennie Lee (a real sweetheart of an actress) will leave to work as a nurse in a big hospital. So, perhaps this series will find new directions if the viewing public wants this series to go on.
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Old 06-07-2013, 00:34
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OMG, I forgot The Carol Burnett Show.
Now that I see all those old shows you mention, Biffpup--yes they were wonderful--Lucy, Dick Van Dyke, Carol Burnett. But one of my very favourites was (still is) theTwilight Zone.
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:12
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Thanks, Last Romantic. It was a fun day for me, but later I spent most of the evening comforting my two traumatized terriers, who will never, ever understand fireworks.
Welcome, Biffpup. But those poor creatures--what our little animal friends have to put up with from us!! And yet, because they love us--they do!
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:15
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We return to your regularly scheduled DOC MARTIN discussion -

Watching Series 3 - Episode 5 "Breaking up is Hard to Do" and S3-E6 "The Two of Us" the Doc is wearing the same dark suit, light blue shirt with cuff-links, and criss-cross striped blue tie at the end of 5 and the start of 6. But continuity alert sort of, when he leaves Louisa in the morning, pushing past the nosy postman Dave, where is his medical bag and defibrillator? Surely he would not leave them, unless he forgot them, for his mind was on other things, erh, people, erh... you know.

If he had "gone home" after the Holly life-saving and their engagement, and then returned to "White Rose Cottage" I think Martin would have changed his suit and showered, yes? And brought his wash bag (dopp kit in the USA) and a change of clothing?

Ergo, he did not go home to the surgery, but stayed. Therefore, I think Louisa said, "Martin there is no way I will let you of this house! It has taken far too long to get to this point, and I will not let you out of my sight!"

So did the Martians steal his medical kit in the night? What do all you DM mavens think?
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