CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV show: Everyone in Portwenn is sick before Doc Martin leaves

Doctor Martin

EVALUATION: ****

Nine perfect strangers

EVALUATION: **

Next patient please! As Martin Clunes prepares to hang his stethoscope on Doc Martin (ITV), his practice is busier than ever.

Caitlyn, the landlady, has eczema. Joe, the village bobby, is suffering from his feet… nothing to do with his dumpling boots, but because a fish pedicure left an infection between his toes. And the local herbalist’s baby caught mumps (the mother refused to give her children the MMR vaccine).

Next patient please! As Martin Clunes prepares to hang his stethoscope on Doc Martin (ITV), his practice is busier than ever

That’s all before this week’s guest star Lesley Nicol (Cook Mrs. Patmore from Downton) collapses because her wildly swimming wetsuit is too tight around her neck.

In previous series, each of these complaints could have kept us going for an entire episode. Now the grumpy family doctor hardly has time to make his diagnosis before the next crisis hits.

His former receptionist, Janice, is seriously ill on a date night dinner of scallops. And Chicken the dog has discovered that Ruth (Dame Eileen Atkins) has a potentially fatal deep vein thrombosis — giving her the right to take long-haul flights in her old age, Dr. Ellingham.

The actor may have run out of breath, but the drama hasn’t. Not only are there countless undiscovered rare diseases floating around Cornwall, but big names are also lining up to show up

It’s like we’re cramming for a final exam, summarizing every disease that may have been overlooked in the last 18 years. “I think we’ve done everything,” Clunes told Mail’s Weekend magazine earlier this month. “It would be great to continue but I don’t think we could hold it that well.”

The actor may have run out of breath, but the drama hasn’t. Not only are there countless undiscovered rare diseases floating around Cornwall, but big names are also lining up to show up.

We’ve already seen Fay Ripley, and now Cold Feet co-star Hermione Norris has joined as the Doc’s ex-girlfriend. Next week promises a performance from Kenneth Cranham, while earlier this month we welcomed an insanely eccentric visit from Ben Miller.

Earlier this month we welcomed an insanely eccentric visit from Ben Miller. Ben may have the cure that Doc Martin needs

Ben may have the cure that Doc Martin needs. When he announced he was leaving Death In Paradise, the Caribbean detective show simply brought in an Identikit replacement — same personality, same clothes, different actor.

And then it happened again… and again. What seemed like a highly unlikely plot device has become a popular TV star.

Maybe all we need to bring Doc Martin back to full health is another taciturn fellow with a world-weary frown. And having just left Shetland I think Douglas Henshall might be available.

Nicole Kidman won’t be because she’s busy starring in every TV adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novels.

After her superb performance as a frustrated schoolmother in Big Little Lies, she now brings a ridiculous Russian accent to an elaborate version of Moriarty’s bestseller Nine Perfect Strangers (C4).

Nicole Kidman plays Masha, a guru who claims she died in a shooting but somehow came back to life

A bizarre mix of wacky Californian satire and chilling creepiness, this eight-part series first streamed online last year — and is now streaming for free.

Kidman plays Masha, a guru who claims she died in a gunfight but somehow resurrected. As proof, she has a birthmark on her breastbone, like a trickle of blood.

The “nine strangers” are the pampered clientele of her “wellness retreat,” where she feeds them fruit smoothies tailored to their biometric profiles (that’s the satire) and taunts them about past trauma (that’s where it gets creepy).

After her superb performance as a frustrated schoolmother in Big Little Lies, Kidman now brings a ridiculous Russian accent to an elaborate version of Moriarty’s best-selling Nine Perfect Strangers

“You all came here to die,” she tells them, “and I’m going to bring you back.” As a simple setup for a horror movie, this might work. But the script keeps throwing in tedious jokes about influencers, embarrassing dads, and menopause.

Ignore the title: this concept is far from perfect.

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk

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