"Doc Martin" is a British television series about the life of a vascular surgeon, Dr. Martin Ellingham. Dr. Ellingham develops a fear of blood and is forced to stop practicing surgery. He leaves his London post and becomes the general practitioner of the fictional seaside town of Portwenn. The show chronicles his day to day interactions with the local villagers.
The comedy-drama, created by Dominic Minghella, first aired in 2004. As of 2015, it is in its seventh season. Martin Clunes plays the lead role of Dr. Ellingham. The character is based off Clunes' character, Dr. Martin Bamford, from the movie, "Saving Grace." Other actors in the series include Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, John Marquez and Selinda Cadell.
Various foreign adaptations of the show have been made including the Spanish version, "Doctor Mateo," the German version ,"Doktor Martin," and the Austrian version, "Der Bergdoktor.," Additionally, there are adaptations in the Netherlands, Russia, Greece and Czech Republic.
The show was the 2004 winner of Best TV Comedy Drama at the British Comedy Awards and was nominated for Best New TV Comedy. Martin Clunes won the award for Best TV Comedy Actor that same year. Seasons one through six are available on DVD.