The Best Episodes Directed by Nigel Cole

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

#1 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Doc Martin Season 6 - Episode 2

The GP is left holding the baby after upsetting the new childminder, but luckily Mike agrees to look after James at short notice. However, Louisa is not happy with the arrangement and an argument erupts between the newlyweds just as their guests arrive for dinner - and that's only the first of the evening's problems.

star 8.08
274 votes
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All My Trials

#2 - All My Trials

Doc Martin Season 8 - Episode 8

Martin prepares to face his hearing, but despite having closed the practice, he finds all his patients are trying to make appointments. An American tourist who visited Portwenn previously returns to the town, hoping to research her family tree. However, she also has a medical issue, and comes to the troubled doctor seeking his advice. Louisa goes to see Chris to find out how serious the situation is, while the townsfolk take steps to show Martin how much he is appreciated. Sigourney Weaver reprises her guest role from the previous series. Last in the series.

star 8.06
252 votes
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Rescue Me

#3 - Rescue Me

Doc Martin Season 7 - Episode 1

With Louisa visiting her mother in Spain to get some perspective on their marriage, Martin knows he needs to try to change for the sake of their relationship, so he endeavours to keep his promise to her to see a therapist. Aunt Ruth arranges an appointment for him with Dr Rachel Timoney, but a lifeboat training exercise causes problems for the doctor. Will he get back in time for his first session?

star 8.00
356 votes
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Episode 1

#4 - Episode 1

Last Tango in Halifax Season 3 - Episode 1

An unexpected visitor forces Alan to think about his past. Gillian and Caroline are anxious - his decision to keep his secret from Celia is sure to backfire. Meanwhile Caroline and a heavily pregnant Kate set a date for their wedding.

star 7.93
113 votes
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Episode 6

#5 - Episode 6

Cold Feet Season 1 - Episode 6

David and Karen invite the other couples to a black tie charity dinner where David spends the evening networking, but Jenny gets drunk and starts a fistfight with his female boss. Meanwhile, Rachel reveals a secret to Karen.

star 7.93
67 votes
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The Shock of the New

#6 - The Shock of the New

Doc Martin Season 7 - Episode 2

Al welcomes his first fishing guests, but an uninvited one means that a good review is definitely not guaranteed, while Bert decides to try to rejuvenate trade at the restaurant by joining an online voucher scheme. Morwenna asks Martin for a pay rise, and Louisa has to find a new babysitter to look after James Henry and reluctantly decides to offer Janice a trial. Penhale is excited to receive his new police issue Taser, but Portwenn does not exactly offer him plenty of opportunities to try it out.

star 7.92
287 votes
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It's Good to Talk

#7 - It's Good to Talk

Doc Martin Season 7 - Episode 3

Martin decides to move out of the Surgery to give Louisa space, leaving Mrs Tishell concerned he will not be able to look after himself on his own. Elsewhere, PC Penhale helps Janice babysit, and Al is very concerned when he finds out about Bert's behaviour and hears there are bailiffs at the restaurant.

star 7.82
320 votes
Blade on the Feather

#8 - Blade on the Feather

Doc Martin Season 8 - Episode 7

It is the annual Portwenn versus Port Carran gig race and school gig festival, and this time Penhale is the umpire and Morwenna is the Portwenn team captain. However, Morwenna is forced to find a replacement rower when Eric dislocates his finger. Meanwhile, Mel Hendy goes to see Martin at the surgery worried about a rash that could be infectious, but she ends up opening up to him about her concerns over her husband's drinking. Elsewhere, Martin and Louisa arrive home to find Chris Parsons waiting for them.

star 7.74
223 votes
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Mysterious Ways

#9 - Mysterious Ways

Doc Martin Season 8 - Episode 1

Portwenn is abuzz with activity for the preparation of Janice and Penhale's wedding, but a medical issue could prevent Penhale from making it down the aisle. Meanwhile, Al is struggling with the demands of being best man, especially when Bert's marketing antics mean there is only whisky available at the pre-wedding party.

star 7.56
261 votes
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Farewell, My Lovely

#10 - Farewell, My Lovely

Doc Martin Season 8 - Episode 3

The curmudgeonly GP is perturbed when he discovers Louisa, who is already spending much of her time away from home, has applied to take up a child and adolescent counselling course. However, achieving a work-life balance is far from the greatest of concerns for some of the Ellinghams' neighbours, not least of whom is Al, whose plans to demonstrate his business acumen are placed in jeopardy when Ken decides to close the pub. Unless Ruth agrees to serve as a guarantor, Ken will not allow Morwenna and Al to take over the establishment, so the pair arrange a race-walking event to raise funds and prove the community is on their side.

star 7.52
243 votes
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Episode 5

#11 - Episode 5

Cold Feet Season 1 - Episode 5

Tired of Adam's preoccupation with a glamorous female neighbor, Rachel decides to baby-sit for Pete and Jenny, who need to get out so that they have something to talk about besides the baby. Meanwhile, David and Karen decide to see a marriage counselor.

star 7.49
78 votes
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Sons and Lovers

#12 - Sons and Lovers

Doc Martin Season 8 - Episode 2

Martin and Louisa search for a nursery now that Janice has left, and Mrs Tishell is shocked to find out that Al has very high blood pressure. Louisa also helps with the diagnosis of a pupil, which spurs her on to explore the possibilities of a change of career. This is not welcome news for Martin, who dislikes any kind of change, even if it could be for the better. Elsewhere, Ruth is approached about selling her farm. Starring Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Selina Cadell and Ian McNeice.

star 7.46
249 votes
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