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As filming for Series 7 of Doc Martin gears up, US fans of the hit Brit comedy-drama (a.k.a. Clunatics) can ease the wait for more of our favorite curmudgeonly GP and quirky Portwenn villagers with a new behind-the-scenes special: Doc Martin’s Portwenn.

Doc Martin Martin Clunes Interview
Doc Martin’s Portwenn, courtesy of APT

If you were to host a British TV-themed trivia night, then watching Doc Martin’s Portwenn would give you lots of fun facts with which to stump players and dazzle them with your insider knowledge of the series.

For example, you could ask, “How many toddlers play Martin and Louisa’s son, James?” And “Which item in Dr. Ellingham’s consultation room is a mystery to many viewers?” Plus “Which building used as a set in Doc Martin is actually someone’s summer home?”

The answers might surprise you. And they are part of the behind-the-scenes fun of Doc Martin’s Portwenn, the new special from American Public Television (APT) that many public TV stations are broadcasting during their upcoming pledge events.

Hosted by APT’s Eric Luskin and David Rubinsohn, and shot on location in Port Isaac, England, during filming of Doc Martin‘s sixth season, the special features interviews with members of the cast and crew, guided tours of Doc Martin sets and the village of Port Isaac (where the show is shot), clips from Series 6 episodes, and more.

Doc Martin Large Restaurant Van
Doc Martin’s Portwenn: Large Restaurant van, courtesy of APT

Cast members who offer up tidbits about characters, costumes, and storylines include Martin Clunes (Dr. Martin Ellingham), Caroline Catz (Louisa Glasson), Joe Absolom (Al Large), Ian McNeice (Bert Large), John Marquez (PC Penhale), Jessica Ransom (Morwenna Newcross), and Felix Scott (Mike Pruddy). A few also reveal their experiences of auditioning for the series. (In the words of one, “I nailed it.”)

Doc Martin producer (and wife of Martin Clunes) Philippa Braithwaite, series co-creator and executive producer Mark Crowdy, and director Paul Seed, along with location manager Johnny Bamford, prop manager Dempsey Cook, video editor Nick McPhee, and costume designer Les Lansdown, give fans the inside scoop on what it takes to make the series — from the challenges with wind, water, and seagulls while filming, to the ways in which production is busier and more frantic than shooting a feature-length film.

Doc Martin Port Isaac
Doc Martin’s Portwenn: Port Isaac, courtesy of APT

The special also features interviews with Port Isaac locals. One is John Brown of Port Isaac Tours, whose mini history lesson about the very-old village known to millions of viewers as Portwenn is quite enlightening. (There are more trivia goodies during this segment, too, such as why the streets of Port Isaac are so narrow, what goes into the making of a true Cornish pasty, and what Mrs. Tishell’s pharmacy is in real life.)

Doc Martin’s Portwenn is a delightful watch, and it begins airing on 27 February 2015, on the public TV stations listed below. Check your local listings or contact the station that serves your area for broadcast dates and times.

ALASKA Anchorage, Bethel, Juneau
ARKANSAS Arkadelphia, El Dorado, Fayetteville, Ft. Smith, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Mountain View
CALIFORNIA San Francisco, San Jose, Monterey, Salinas, Watsonville
COLORADO Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Grand Junction, Pueblo, Steamboat Springs
CONNECTICUT Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich
GEORGIA Albany, Athens, Augusta, Chatsworth, Cochran, Columbus, Dawson, Macon, Pelham, Savannah, Waycross, Wrens
IDAHO Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Pocatello, Twin Falls
ILLINOIS Champaign, Urbana
ILLINOIS Peoria-Bloomington
INDIANA Bloomington
INDIANA Indianapolis
IOWA Council Bluffs, Davenport (Quad Cities), Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Mason City, Red Oak, Sioux City, Waterloo
KENTUCKY Ashland, Bowling Green, Concinnati/Covington, Elizabethtown, Hazard, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Morehead, Murray, Owensboro, Owenton, Paducah, Pikeville, Somerset
LOUISIANA Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport
MICHIGAN Grand Rapids
MINNESOTA Minneapolis, St. Paul
MONTANA Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell, Missoula
NEVADA Las Vegas
NEW HAMPSHIRE Durham, Hanover, Keene, Littleton
NEW MEXICO Albuquerque
NEW YORK Buffalo
NEW YORK Rochester
NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck, Devil’s Lake, Dickinson, Ellendale, Fargo, Minot, Valley City, Williston; Crookston MN
OHIO Cleveland
OHIO Columbus
OHIO Dayton, Portsmouth
OKLAHOMA Cheyenne, Eufaula, Oklahoma City, Tulsa
OREGON Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, La Grande, Portland
TEXAS Dallas
TEXAS Lubbock
WASHINGTON Kennewick, Pasco, Pullman, Richland
WEST VIRGINIA Bluefield-Beckley, Charleston, Clarksburg-Weston, Grandview, Huntington, Morgantown
WISCONSIN Green Bay-Appleton, La Crosse-Eau Claire, Madison, Menomonie, Park Falls, Wausau-Rhinelander


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Doc Martin’s Portwenn: New Behind-the-Scenes Special Is Just What the Doctor Ordered for Clunatics
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