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Living Room
The living room in the surgery was not used all that much when Martin was single.  It had a very
expensive looking leather sofa along with his antiques.  Often, we only got glimpses from the kitchen
to see the furnishings.

Starting in S6 we see the room as much more of a family room.
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Here is a layout of the Living Room starting in
S2.

In S1 there were only a few scenes shot in
this room and they used the room inside
Fern Cottage (the cottage used for the exteriors
and the entrance).

For the start of S2 they had constructed the sets
for the kitchen and living room.

See the first section below for the views of the
room in S1.
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Series 1
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For Series 1, Buffalo Pictures constructed sets for the Consulting Room and the Waiting room.  
For the Kitchen, I suspect that they filmed in the kitchen of a cottage somewhere in Port
Isaac - there were only a handful of scenes from the Kitchen in Episodes 1, 3 and 5.  For the
Living Room, they used the actual room in Fern Cottage - the cottage used for the exteriors
and scenes of the vestibule when the door is opened.  They also had only a handful of scenes
in the Living Room - in Episodes 1, 2 and 5:












When they came back for Series 2, sets had been constructed for both the Kitchen and Living
Room.  They did a good job of matching parts of the rooms.  For the Kitchen, the windows and
counter along the back of the room, the back door, the door to the hall heading over to the
Consulting Room all were pretty good matches.  For the Living Room, they matched the bay
window, the French door, the fireplace, the door to the vestibule.  The major change they made
for both rooms was the wall connecting the two rooms - they opened it up - a big change from
Series 1, but a wise decision that has served them well ever since Series 2.
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Below are the best shots we got of the Living Room in Series 1.  The two images in the center (with red frames) are
photos of the actual room in Fern Cottage - taken from their website as it is a holiday let.  I added colored circles to
show where the different parts of the room match up - door, front bay window, French door, fireplace, shelves next to
the fireplace, and back wall of the room.
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Episode 1
  • Talking to Bert, Al and Elaine about Susan Brading
  • Taking a clock out of a box and the dog jumps through the window
  • Repacking boxes and Bert comes in through the French door to ask the Doc to stay

Episode 2
  • Martin standing in the doorway while courier uses the loo

Episode 5
  • Martin working at table in the window when Melanie appears at the French door with a dog
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Living Room Overview
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Here are some overview shots of the Living Room from each series.
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Series 2
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Series 3
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Series 4
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Series 5
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Series 6
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Series 7
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Series 8
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These are the pieces of furniture and decor items that we can see in this room during Series 1.
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These three pieces are ones that
we will see again.  The dark clock
will be in the Consulting Room in
Series 3, the lighter clock shows up
in the Living Room in Series 2 and
the Asian chest sticking up from
one of the boxes will be in the
Consulting Room in Series 2.  
Behind the Asian chest you can
see the 4 red framed paintings that
will hang in various spots over the
next few series.
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Below are the pieces we have never seen again.  The console table that Martin uses as a desk, two framed pictures
(one a collection of something?), and the upholstered chair or sofa along the back wall.
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Series 9
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Front Right Corner
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There is always some piece of furniture in this corner and it is often partially
hidden behind the open door (the door is rarely closed).  There are usually
several items on top of whatever piece of furniture is there.  In S2 it was a
tall Asian chest with a black and white framed picture leaning against the wall
(an old photo of the lifeboat going down Fore St) and several books lying on
their sides.
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Series 2
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For this series the same Asian chest was in the corner, but with different items
on top.  This series there was a model sailing ship and a wooden clock.  The
clock was first seen in the first episode of S1 when Martin was unpacking (as
he picked up this clock the dog jumped through the window).  In S2 the clock
was on the Living Room fireplace mantel.
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Series 3
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The Asian chest remain and has new items on top.  The round wooden lamp was
originally on the fireplace mantel in S3, but there must have been a pair of them,
because in the same scene in Episode 6 we can see one on the mantel and one
on the Asian chest.  The White Buddha has been moved here from the Consulting
Room in S2 & S3.  There is also what appears to be a wicker basket and a framed
painting leaning against the wall.
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Series 4
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A new wooden cabinet in the corner, but it's not new - it was the one that was in
the back corner of the Consulting Room since the S2 Christmas Special.  This is
the cabinet that the movers were bumping into the door frame at the endof S4,
so it has magically returned from London!

On top is a tall metal lamp with a red shade and a lighthouse.  There is a framed
painting, but this time it is actually been hung on the wall.
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Series 5
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Martin and Louisa are now married and there have been a lot of changes to this
room for the new family.  There is now a short wooden cabinet in this corner.  On
top is a brass lamp with red shade that is a match for one in the Consulting
Room this series, a small brown bottle of some sort, and a pile of workbooks
with one of James' toys on top.

For some reason, in Episode 5 there is a new piece of furniture.  This one is
wider and has a lighter finish.  The brown bottle and notebooks are still on top,
but a new goose neck lamp and some type of decorative wooden box have
been added.  This box was in the Waiting Room in S4.
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Series 6
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The tall wooden chest from S5 is back in the corner.  On top is a mid-century
looking green ceramic lamp.  There are also several books, a pair of metal
bookends (Scottie dogs maybe?), and the small Buddha head that first appeared
in the Consulting Room in S4 and then in the Kitchen hutch in S6.
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Series 7
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Notice the new wallpaper on the
front wall - Louisa's touch?
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Starting in Episode 5
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For S8 there has been no change to this corner.  The same wooden chest,
lamp, books, bookends, small Buddha head.  The only additions are several of
James' toys (there are more as the series progresses) and a teacup.
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Series 8
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For the third series in a row this corner looks identical - except there are no toys
this time.  The same green lamp, books, Scottie dog bookends and small Buddha
head.  We very rarely get a glimpse behind the door, but this time we saw it once
and there is a painting hung on that small wall - it's very dark so not too clear.  I
believe this is the first series that it is there.
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Series 9
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There is also some type of wooden
dresser behind the door.
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Bay Window
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In S2, S3 & S4 there are no pieces of furniture in the window bay.  The only
thing there is a radiator.
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Series 2 - 4
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In S5 Dr Dibbs had added a wooden chair on one side of the bay window.  In
Episodes 2 and the first half of Episode 3 we can also see a floor lamp with a
floral shade.  In the last scene of Episode 3, when Martin is reading to James, the
lamp is gone and we don't see it again, but the chair remains for the full series.
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Series 5
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In S6, a small console table was added to the bay - possibly as a desk for
Louisa?  There are a number of items on it that are hard to identify, but they
include a small white pitcher with dried flowers and a stuffed mouse that was on
the secretary in the Back Right Corner earlier in the series.  There is a pretty
wooden chair at the desk.
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Series 6
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It appears to be the same table from the previous series.  There was only one
quick glance all series at this area and its difficult to make out the items on top.  
There seems to be a large wooden box in the middle, and I tried to match it to
one that we saw in the Consulting Room, but it's impossible to verify.  The pretty
chair is still there.
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Series 7
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There is a different table here in this series - you can see in the closeup that it's
a drop-leaf table.  I don't think it's the same one that was in the Consulting Room
the previous two series because it doesn't seem to have the same nice finish.  
On the table are the white pitcher with flowers and the stuffed mouse from
S6.  New this series are a light blue low bowl and a ceramic basket that looks
grey in the one photo because I had to lighten it so much to see the table - but
is actually more of a beige color.  The same chair remains in this spot.
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Series 8
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Series 2
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Series 3
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Series 4
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The drop leaf table is gone and the small console table/desk is back in this bay.  
Three items remain from last series - the white pitcher with flowers, the light
blue low bowl & the stuffed mouse.  New items include a wooden chicken and a
light blue or green clear glass vase.  The beautiful wooden chair remains here.  In
one episode we saw the woven tote holding James' toys sitting next to the desk.
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Series 9
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Front Left Corner
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The Front Left Corner of the Living Room is an area that is not on screen very
often and is usually not well lit when we do see it.  There is the assumption of the
French door leading to the side patio - although the only time we have ever seen
it from the inside was when Melanie visited with her dog in S1, and that was
filmed in Fern Cottage itself.  There is a hanging wooden cabinet in the corner
(see picture on the left).

The only glimpse we had of this corner in S2 showed a wooden bench with a
burgundy cushion.
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Series 2
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We finally had some good looks at this corner.  There is a small wooden table
against the wall.  On top is a round wooden lamp that appears to be one of a pair
because there is a matching one on the mantel this series.  There is a small
framed print on the table leaning against the wall (this print was on the wall in the
Consulting Room in S1), and what appears to be a white telephone.  On the wall
above is a larger framed print.
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Series 3
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We have the same table this series, but with a tall lamp and the same white
phone.  A chair has been pulled up (it matches one in the Consulting Room this
series) and an Asian chest sits on the table.  This chest was seen in a few
different areas of the Consulting Room during the first 3 series.  On the wall
above are two matching rectangular framed prints.
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Series 4
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There is now a drop leaf table in this spot - it was in the Back Right Corner in
S3 & S4.  On top is a new lamp which seems to be a different style than they
usually use.  There is another object on the table, but I can't make out what it
might be.  The print on the wall above is the one that was hanging on the wall in
the Back Right Corner in S4.
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Series 5
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As with the rest of the room, this area is all new for S6.  There is a round wooden
side table with a tall wooden lamp on top.  There is also a red circular box and
what appears to be some toys.  Next to the table is a green floral upholstered
chair.  The wall above has the same new wallpaper that has been added to the
front wall and the painting hanging there is the one that hung above the cabinet
in the front right corner in S5.

Things did not change much in S7, S8 and S9.  In S7 & S8 the table only contained
the tall wooden lamp.  In S9, the wooden lamp was replaced with a white metal
articulated lamp.  In one episode of S8, the upholstered chair was missing.  
A couple of times we saw the round coffee table normally by the sofa move next
to the chair.
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Series 6 - 9
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Series 6
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Series 8
Series 7
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Series 9
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