Port Isaac in Film & Television
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PORT ISAAC in TV and FILM

The Village of Port Isaac, was frequently used as a 'set' for filming the Poldark series, and 'Nightmare Man' where it was beautifully depicted albeit as a village in the

Hebrides!

More recently Port Isaac has become associated with the TV series 'Doc Martin' ( in which Port Isaac was transformed into the fictional Port Wenn) and the Film '

Saving Grace'.

Doc Martin is a British television comedy drama starred Martin Clunes of Men Behaving Badly fame, as a doctor whose tactless manner causes no end of comic

dramas in the small fictitious Cornish community of Port Wenn. Created by Dominic Minghella,

The series was filmed on location in the village of Port Isaac, North Cornwall, with filming of most

interior scenes and production carried out in a converted barn at a local farm. martin Clunes

plays surgeon Martin Ellingham, whose glittering career comes crashing down around him when

he develops a phobia which prevents him conducting operations.

Saving Grace was a comedy/crime film, starring Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson and Martin

Clunes filmed in 2000. After Grace Trevethyn's husband commits suicide, he leaves her in

economic ruins, Grace left by herself is now facing loosing her house because all the money her

husband owed. Together with her gardener she uses her plant-cultivation ability to grow

marijuana.

Amy Foster or Swept from the Sea has it was called when released in America, is a 1997

movie based on a 1903 story, Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad. It stars Rachel Weisz, Vincent

Perez, Ian McKellen, Kathy Bates and Zoe Wanamaker and was directed by Beeban Kidron.

The story concerns a Russian, unable to speak English but able to play chess, shipwrecked on

the coast of Cornwall on his way to America.

Neighbouring Port Gaverne developed in the nineteenth century as a slate, coal, limestone

handling port where shipbuilding also took place - the large buildings have all been converted

into holiday accommodation. At low tide there is small, sheltered, sandy beach with an

abundance of rock pools which is probably the safest beach in North Cornwall with the

exception of Daymer Bay, for small children. Unspoiled Port Gaverne Slate from Delabole

quarry was loaded here into the heavy sailing sea ketches which were broad enough to rest

upright on the beach between tides. This is now a peaceful spot with little commercialisation.

Port Quin The neighbouring village was abandoned on two occasions, once when all the men

were drowned at sea and again when the pilchards failed. It is now a quiet, peaceful place with no shops - not even a tea room! .

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Port Isaac in Film & Television
This website is sponsored by  www.thisisnorthcornwall.co.uk  /  www.northcornwalltravel.co.uk 1998-2016

PORT ISAAC in TV and FILM

The Village of Port Isaac, was frequently used as a 'set' for filming the Poldark series, and

'Nightmare Man' where it was beautifully depicted albeit as a village in the Hebrides!

More recently Port Isaac has become associated with the TV series 'Doc Martin' ( in which

Port Isaac was transformed into the fictional Port Wenn) and the Film ' Saving Grace'.

Doc Martin is a British television comedy drama starred Martin Clunes of Men Behaving

Badly fame, as a doctor whose tactless manner causes no end of comic dramas in the

small fictitious Cornish community of Port Wenn. Created by Dominic Minghella, The series

was filmed on location in the village of Port Isaac, North Cornwall, with filming of most

interior scenes and production carried out in a converted barn at a local farm. martin

Clunes plays surgeon Martin Ellingham, whose glittering career comes crashing down

around him when he develops a phobia which prevents him conducting operations.

Saving Grace was a comedy/crime film, starring Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson and

Martin Clunes filmed in 2000. After Grace Trevethyn's husband commits suicide, he leaves

her in economic ruins, Grace left by herself is now facing loosing her house because all the

money her husband owed. Together with her gardener she uses her plant-cultivation ability

to grow marijuana.

Amy Foster or Swept from the Sea has it was called when released in America, is a 1997

movie based on a 1903 story, Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad. It stars Rachel Weisz,

Vincent Perez, Ian McKellen, Kathy Bates and Zoe Wanamaker and was directed by

Beeban Kidron. The story concerns a Russian, unable to speak English but able to play

chess, shipwrecked on the coast of Cornwall on his way to America.

Neighbouring Port Gaverne developed in the nineteenth century as a slate, coal,

limestone handling port where shipbuilding also took place - the large buildings have all

been converted into holiday accommodation. At low tide there is small, sheltered, sandy

beach with an abundance of rock pools which is probably the safest beach in North

Cornwall with the exception of Daymer Bay, for small children. Unspoiled Port Gaverne

Slate from Delabole quarry was loaded here into the heavy sailing sea ketches which were

broad enough to rest upright on the beach between tides. This is now a peaceful spot with

little commercialisation.

Port Quin The neighbouring village was abandoned on two occasions, once when all the

men were drowned at sea and again when the pilchards failed. It is now a quiet, peaceful

place with no shops - not even a tea room! .

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