Prison Break isn’t the only popular programme returning to our screens on Monday night for its third outing, with Cornish comic drama Doc Martin back on ITV1 at 9pm. Martin Clunes as GP Martin Ellingham, Britain’s version of Gregory House, is still as grouchy, dismissive and impatient as always, as he deals with the quirky West-country natives. I’m surprised this show isn’t screened on a Sunday night, as its leisurely pacing, pretty landscapes and gentle humour are very much in that elderly folk friendly vein.
In Monday’s episode the doc is asked by school dinner-lady Alison to treat her wayward daughter Delph, who she believes has a medical condition to explain her bad behaviour. Of course, the doc disagrees and thinks that a spot of proper parenting is called for, but he is dramatically made to re-think his diagnosis after an incident at the village shop. Elsewhere, his romance with schoolteacher Louisa remains at a snail’s pace while his receptionist Pauline is frustrated with the limitations of her desk duties. Such rambling innocence.