DOC MARTIN, LARKRISE TO CANDLEFORD,
& DEATH IN PARADISE
Airing: Thursdays at 9:00 pm & Sundays at 6:00 pm, beginning 2/7
A catchy comedy drama starring Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) as Dr. Martin Ellingham, whose truculence and tactless manner causes mayhem in a small Cornish community. The series, which has steadily gained fans during its first 4 seasons, follows the celebrated London surgeon, who unfortunately has developed a phobia to blood.
This week: “Going Bodmin”
As Martin moves in and meets the locals, he realizes that adjusting to village life is not going to be smooth sailing. In his sharp suits and flashy car, he’s a fish out of water. His first patient is Sir Gilbert Spencer, a retired lieutenant colonel, with an embarrassing
problem – he’s grown breasts. Meanwhile, it’s Lifeboat Day in Portwenn, and the harbor is alive with stalls, fairground rides and a jazz band, but Martin has become the butt of jokes among the bevy of teenage girls from the village. Just when he thinks the day couldn’t get any worse, Martin is forced off the road and into a ditch on his way out
of the village. He’s rescued by local police constable, Mark Mylow, who takes him home. But as Martin opens the door, he finds the hall ankle deep in sludgy water. It’s the final straw. Martin decides he is not cut out to be a village GP, and decides to tender his resignation. Can any thing or any one change his mind?
LARKRISE TO CANDLEFORD
Saturdays at 8:00 pm , beginning 2/16
Flora Thompson’s charming love letter to a vanished corner of rural England is brought to life in this warm-hearted adaptation based on her autobiographical novel. Set in the Oxfordshire countryside in the 1880s, this rich, funny and emotional series follows the relationship of two contrasting communities: Lark Rise, the small hamlet gently holding on to the past, and Candleford, the small market town bustling into the future, seen through the eyes of the new postmistress, Laura Timmins (Right, above). It has been lovingly called “Anne of Green Gables” for grownups.
Episode 1: Laura Timmins says goodbye to her friends and family in Lark Rise to start her first job at the Post Office in the nearby town of Candleford. Postmistress Dorcas Lane gives her a warm welcome, but her loyalties are soon divided over a dispute at Lark Rise about payment for the delivery of telegrams.
DEATH IN PARADISE
Saturdays at 9:00 pm, beginning 2/16
Impossible murders on a beautiful Caribbean island. DI Richard Poole is the perfect man to solve them – if only he didn’t just hate sun, sea and sand…
This is a warm, light-hearted detective series about an inspector who is assigned to investigate a murder on the paradise island of Saint-Marie in the Caribbean. Unfortunately Detective Inspector Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. A typical British cop, he would much prefer the London drizzle and a freshly pressed shirt to blue seas, sparkling sands and gorgeous tropical weather. Awaiting Richard is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing. The fact that there’s a goat in one of the cells says it all.
His new partner, DS Camille Bordey, is instinctive, feisty and brilliant, not to mention beautiful. On top of it, the rest of the team certainly have their own unique way of doing things. He can’t get out of there fast enough, but there’s a job to do and he does it brilliantly. His reward – a permanent posting to the island, his own personal hell on earth.
Episode 1: When a British Cop is found murdered in a locked room on the tiny paradise island of Saint-Marie, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is sent to investigate. He’s the perfect man to solve the case – if only he didn’t just hate sun, sea and sand.