What happens when a gruff doctor flees big-city life to work as a general doctor in a sleepy, picturesque English coastline town?

The cultures clash and the sparks fly during Doc Martin, making its debut in the PBS Fort Wayne program lineup Saturday nights at 8pm.

Long a public television fan favorite, Doc Martin is a catchy comedy/drama starring Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly). Clunes portrays a celebrated London surgeon— that is, celebrated until a sudden phobia leaves him paralyzed at the sight of blood.

Leaving his old life behind, this series picks up as he heads to his childhood town of Portwenn in Cornwall, replacing their beloved general practitioner.

The townsfolk of Portwenn are an odd bunch—varying from the doctor’s young, incompetent secretary Elaine ( plyed by Lucy Punch) to the heavyset, good-natured plumber (portrayed by Ian McNeice) to the depressed town constable (played by Stewart Wright) who helps Martin navigate through the town. There’s also Martin’s spirited Aunt Joan (Stephanie Cole), a link to his past in Portwenn, and the beautiful town schoolteacher (Caroline Catz) who catches his eye. Martin’s brash and direct style conflicts with the easygoing mannerisms of the townsfolk of Portwenn, resulting in unexpected, humorous consequences as he deals with a bevy of strange cases—and stranger personalities.

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