Tuesday, 18 January 2011


[9.35 - French Time] French private network TF1 aired yesterday episodes two and three of its excellent adaptation of Doc Martin, which stars Thierry Lhermitte (The Dinner Game) as Dr Martin Le Foll.

The second episode of this French version was actually adapted from episode five of the first series of ITV1's Doc Martin, whose third episode became episode four here. The giant squirrel storyline of the original fourth episode (The Portwenn Effect), which guest-starred Ben Miller in a wonderful performance, is in fact source material for the French fifth.

TF1's Doc Martin started last week with 8.9 million viewers for the first episode and 8.2 million for the second (1). This week 7.3 million viewers watched episode two and 7 million episode three (2), versus pubcaster France 2's US hit Cold Case and private rival M6's rerun of Die Hard.

Produced by Pascale Breugnot's Ego Productions, Doc Martin is adapted by scriptwriter Eric Kristy from the original format sold by DRG. Thierry Lhermitte succeeds in creating his "own" Doc, surrounded by a great supporting cast. And the writers (Eric Kristy, Stéphane Kazandjian, Mathieu Missoffe, Alexis Le Sec & Raphaëlle Roudaut) (3) bring a nice French flavour to the original stories.

See also: http://tattard2.blogspot.com/2011/01/comite-de-jumelage.html

(1) http://www.ozap.com/actu/audiences-doc-martin-cold-case-taken-amour-humour/389974 (In French)
http://www.ozap.com/actu/audiences-doc-martin-cold-case-piege-cristal-bellemare/391386 (In French)
http://www.scenaristes.biz/article-3230-un_doc_martin_pour_eric_kristy_et_thierry_lhermitte.htm (In French)

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