Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I'm in love with Doc Martin

I know...  This is nuts, isn't it...  I mean, really...  Who falls in love with a tv show.  Yeah, it's a tv show.
 
There must be something seriously wrong with me.  I am magnetically drawn to British television.  I don't know if it's the scenery or the accents or what, but I am drawn like a moth to a flame.  I can't help myself.  At first it was the presentation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.  I wasn't too worried about this.  I mean, after all, what woman can't get next to Elizabeth Bennett.  And, Colin Firth was the quintessential Mr. Darcy.  I just thought I was addicted to period pieces.  I thought it was the way they presented the ENTIRE book in all it's glory.  No combined characters or abbreviated conversations.  I love this book and have read it more times than I like to admit.  Therefore, I chalked my being drawn to public television to this one event. 
 
And then there are the Masterpiece Mystery's of Agatha Christie.  I LOVE Miss Marple.  I ADORE Hercule Poirot.  Of course, I've read all Agatha's books as well.  And, I've read them more than once.  I know, I have a sickness.  I love the art deco theme of Poirot.  I love the village of St. Mary Mead.  I love the language.  There, I've said it.  I just love the way those English men and women speak.  Or, at least how they speak on the pbs series. 

Then, darn it, they came out with the entire Jane Austen series.  Really, were they just trying to suck me into the television opiate of the masses?  That darn pbs with their horrible telethons.  I have always loathed the way they schedule their best programming when they interrupt with the begging for money and the cheap tote bags.  But, the entire Jane Austen series.  I was drawn in.  Hook, Line, and Sinker.  Yeah, I was had.  Sure it was the condensed versions of the books, but it was beautiful.  The scenery was beautiful.  The costuming was gorgeous.  I was enthralled.

And now I've discovered Doc Martin.  Friday I was home recovering from my little test and I thought I'd watch something on Netfilx.  Do you know 20% of internet viewing these days is Netflix.  Yeah, unbelievable.  During a typical day on the internet 20% of the hits are on Netflix and 72% are porn hits.  I'm guessing the rest of the percentage leans more toward facebook than research for term papers.  Just sayin'.  Now I've digressed.  Back to Doc Martin.  Anyway, pbs has hooked me again.  I can't get enough of the haemophobic doctor.  I so wish I could tell people to "shut up" as often as he does.  I feel like I'm living vicariously through him.  So, this past weekend was a Doc Martin marathon.  Too much, really, but it was HOT here in the mid-Atlantic.  I mean, Monday was crazy hot.  I went to a picnic but I was sweating like a pig.  It was too hot to eat.  And there wasn't enough water to cool me off.  I asked my husband to take me home after two hours and he was MORE than ready.  Anyway, back to Doc Martin.  I'm living in picturesque Port Wenn in my mind.  I find myself horrified to look out my window and see where I actually am.  I'm dreaming of going home from work and watching more Doc Martin.  It's a sickness. 
 
Thanks pbs.  I'm hooked.  Who knows, I may be carrying a tote bag before too long.

 

14 comments:

  1. haha...never heard of it...the jane austen series was well done...hmm...after your reaction not sure i should...smiles.

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  2. You are not the only one in love with pbs Jane Austen!  I adore it.  I loved the Downton Abbey series too.  I've not heard of Doc Martin.  When does it air?

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  3. Season 5 is said to be currently in production.  To the best of my knowledge this was on on Sunday nights.  I'm watching on Netflix.

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  4. I love the Jane Austen series, too.  :)  I had not heard of Doc Martin before (at first I thought you meant the shoes), but I will look it up on - yes - Netflix, where my queue is long, long, long.  I'll never watch all the selections on there.  I am bad about holding them for a month or more. 

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  5. I haven't seen this one.  Sounds like I'd love it!

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  6. Wow - I can't believe how many of you haven't heard of him.  I'm in Australia and not too many of us are into British tv either, but it's been on for years and years and years.  I always assumed I would hate it, until about a year ago when I actually watched him one night.  Now I'm cursing all those years I could have been watching it!  I LOVE it!  It never seems to air chronologically though, or I just can't get the hang of when one series is on because each week it's a different time-zone.  One night Martin and, oh dang I can't remember her name - the school teacher are together, the next they're not, the next... I won't ruin anything for anyone {and no, as far as I know they don't get married so don't think I've spoiled it for you}.

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  7. FlowerpowermommaJune 1, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    oh something for me to investigate and enjoy...now that I'll have all this down-time, post wedding. I've not heard of it either. guess I need to learn how to do Net Flix now.  My days are becoming a slow blur now.... :)
    I love how you write...our 'thinkers' seem to be in sync at times, although yours is much more profound and educated.

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  8. Hi, Happy Girl!

    The only Doc Martin I know is a shoe but I will keep my eye open for him. I'm with you. Most everything  that is British I find entertaining. How could you not love a people that use words like Gobs of and snog. Have you gotten a look at the new Sherlock Holmes? If not, seek it out. It's a keeper.

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  9. I don't know Dr. Martin but we have BBCAmerica, which I love. Colin Firth was the perfect Mr. Darcy.  Just ideal.  In fact last weekend a friend and I watched a bunch of movies 2/3 starred Colin Firth.  So I had to take out my P&P dvd just to watch the scenes at Pemberly.  The way he looks at Elizabeth across the music room leaves my romantic heart all twitterpated.

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  10. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting Doc Martin, take the time and find one episode....you will be as hooked as I and the author of this blog...I, too, 
    look out the window hoping I can see Port Wenn from here...

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  11.  Hi Orflowergirl, I'm so Happy to meet another Doc Martin fan.  :)

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  12. LOVE Doc Martin! I recommend also Ballykissangel.

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  13. I've got the series and I watched the last one in series 6 last night. I am depressed now; I am suffering withdrawal from my Doc Martin! How can that be? I absolutely loved this show and was so hooked, now I feel sad it's over :'( My only consolation is that I understand they'll be making a series 7...is this true? Thanks ♥

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