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WFYI British Telly Club Visits Port Isaac and Meets Ian McNeice

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I had the unique experience of traveling this month to the UK with members of the WFYI/Indianapolis British Telly Club to visit several locations where British drama & comedies are shot.  The highlight for me was our stop in Port Isaac (aka Portwenn), the charming North Cornwall fishing village where the Doc Martin and Poldark series are shot.   Our guide for morning was the entertaining John Brown, the local shop owner who was profiled in the Doc Martin Revealed Public Television special.  John led us through the narrow, winding streets visiting key locations where the Doc Martin series is shot – Squeeze Belly Alley, the Doc’s surgery, the Old School House where Louisa teaches, etc.

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After enjoying the beauty & shops of Port Isaac and mingling with dozens of other tourists & their dogs (everyone seemed to have a dog), my wife (Robin) and I walked the short distance to Port Isaac’s ‘sister port’, Port Gaverne.  Here we enjoyed a great lunch of, oysters, fish & chips and beer with a great friend of Acorn and one of the cast members of Doc Martin – Ian McNeice (aka Bert Large).  Ian and I had planned a surprise tea at the Old School House with our group.  Andrew Lannerd, our excellent Tour Director from Transcendent Travel for the WFYI Brit Telly Club, helped arrange this special treat.  It was a unique & memorable moment when Ian entered the room dressed as Bert Large and our fellow tour participants cheered & clapped with excitement.  Ian posed for photos, signed autographs and did a short Q&A.

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Ian wanted to assure everyone that more Doc Martin episodes are planned.  Series 8 will begin production in the Spring of 2017.

We were all invited by ITV to a dinner to thank us for the ratings we had for series 7. They were the best we have had so far with over seven million viewers –on par with Downton Abbey– and everybody was thrilled about that. Everybody in the cast was there and then the Head of ITV gets up and says ‘We love Doc Martin and as a vote of confidence we would like to give you two more series’.

Post and photos by Dan Hamby, Acorn Broadcast & Acquisitions Group