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For eager U.S. public TV audiences, the wait is ending for the latest season of a viewer favorite!

Boston (June 13, 2018) -- American Public Television (APT), the nation's longest operating distributor of television content for public TV stations, is pleased to confirm that Doc Martin, Season 8 will be available for local public television station syndication for broadcast beginning in January 2019.

APT reached an agreement with Acorn TV to offer the latest season of this popular series in September so public television stations may plan for their 2019 broadcast. (Acorn holds all the U.S. rights for Doc Martin, Season 8.) Catalog information, including a specific release date and brief descriptions of each episode, will be available this Fall at Eric Luskin, APT vice president of Syndication and Premium Service, shared the news with the nation's local public television stations: "We're delighted to be able to announce this so you and your Doc Martin fans can plan for the future." According to the producers of Doc Martin, the series will end with Season 9.

APT introduced Doc Martin to American public television audiences in 2008. The popular UK series, features Martin Clunes as the Cornwall - based Dr. Martin Ellingham, the G.P. with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood. Since first appearing on U.S. public television, the series has grown in popularity and is now licensed by a majority of local public television stations across the country.

About APT:
American Public Television (APT) is the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations. Founded in 1961, APT distributes 250 new program titles per year and one-fourth of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. APT’s diverse catalog includes prominent documentaries, performance, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Cook’s Country, AfroPoP, Rick Steves’ Europe, Chris Kimball’s Milk Street Television, Front and Center, Doc Martin, Nightly Business Report, Midsomer Murders, A Place to Call Home, Lidia’s Kitchen, Globe Trekker, New Orleans Cooking With Kevin Belton, Simply Ming, and P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home are a sampling of APT’s programs, considered some of the most popular on public television. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service and distributes Create®TV — featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming — and WORLD™, public television’s premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT’s programs and services, visit

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