Program 353: Telling the Stories of the Monuments Men; Doc Martin in Cornwall

Release Date: 02-01-2014

On Air Description

The heroic efforts of Allied troops known as The Monuments Men are about to be depicted in a major motion picture. On the next Travel with Rick Steves, we hear how the film's co-author and producer was inspired to tell their story, and how the effort to recover important works of art stolen by the Nazis in World War Two continues today as a work in progress. Plus, the star of the Doc Martin TV series tells us what it's like to film the show in a fishing village on the coast of Cornwall. We're going "on location" on this week's Travel with Rick Steves.


  • Grant Heslov, co-writer and producer of "The Monument Men" (Sony Pictures)
  • Robert Edsel, founder of the Monuments Men Foundation, author of "Saving Italy" (Norton) and "The Monuments Men" (Center Street)
  • Actor Martin Clunes, co-producer and star of the "Doc Martin" TV series

Related Links

  • Sony Pictures has an interactive website for The Monuments Men movie, which includes the official movie trailer.
  • The Monuments Men website includes a "newsreel" style video clip from the movie, and links to Robert Edsel's books on the topic.
  • The search for hidden, lost, and stolen art from the World War Two era is continuing.  You can report a tip on objects that you suspect may have been taken.  The Monuments Men Foundation has set up a toll-free phone line at 1-866-WWII-ART (1-866-994-4278).
  • Smithsonian magazine features historical information about the Monuments Men.
  • The website for the Haus Der Kunst in Munich. 
  • There are five major museums on "Museum Island" in Berlin.
  • Wikipedia has historical information about the 1944 Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy, and on the recently discovered missing art, found walled up in a house in Munich.  The works are discussed in a November 2013 article in Germany's Der Spiegel magazine.
  • Series Six of "Doc Martin" consists of eight episodes, and is scheduled to begin airing the weekend of February 1, 2014 on public television stations around the United States, and is distributed by American Public Television.
  • DVDs of the entire Doc Martin series are available from Acorn Media. 
  • The Cornwall town of Port Isaac is the location of "Portwenn" in Doc Martin, while the school scenes are filmed in nearby Delabole, a village famous for its grey slate roofs.


  • "'Doc Martin' helped me thru chemo recovery, then inspired me to travel last June to beautiful Port Isaac, where I met you and most of the cast and crew.  What lovely people!  Hoping for a seventh series."    (Rebecca in Granite Bay, California)
  • "My great-grandmother (and namesake) was from Cornwall but I have never been there.  How would Clunes describe the typical personality of someone from this area?  What are they most proud of?  How does being so remote impact their worldview?"   (Sarah in Chicago)
  • "You go to a lot of trouble to film outdoors in and around the village.  Apart from showing the beautiful scenery, how do you feel it enhances the storytelling of the show?"   (Oliver in Arlington, Virginia)

Incidental Music

  • Raymond Legrand, ”Sur le chemin de retour,” Les Chansons de la Liberation (collection) / Distribution Soldore  (France)
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult, cond., "'Siegfried's Funeral March' from "Götterdämmerung (Wagner)," The Key to the Classics:  Wagner (collection) / Angel
  • Ray Ventura, “On ira prende not’linge sur la linge Siegfried,”  Les Chansons de la Liberation (collection) / Distribution Soldore  (France)
  • * Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson, conductor, “'Modere' from 'Cinq Grimaces' (composed by Erik Satie),"  Satie:  Orchestral Works / EMI Classics
  • Orchestre de l'Association des Concerts Colonne (Georges Tzipine, cond.), "'L'Allée des Marmousets' from the Jean Françaix film 'Si Versaille m'était conté'," Le Film Français:  Honegger, Françaix, Sauguet, Thiriet / EMI Classics
  • Christopher Parkening, “Prelude No. 6 from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier' (J. S. Bach),” The Great Recordings / EMI Classics
  • Silesia Philharmonic, "Bolero (from the Zbigniew Preisner film 'Red')," Trois Couleurs: Bleu (soundtrack) / MK2 (France) - Virgin Records America
  • The Organ Dance Band and Me, "Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer," Memories of World War II (collection) / Sun Rising Music
  • Suzy Solidor (and chorus), “Lily Marèline,”  Les Chansons de la Liberation (collection) / Distribution Soldore  (France)
  • Instrumental bridge from Marlene Dietrich, "Lili Marlene," The Anthology 1930-1949 / Screenland Records
  • * Glenn Miller Orchestra, "In the Mood," Les chansons de la liberation (collection) / Distribution Soldore  (France)
  • Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Gavin Sutherland, cond., "Renaissance Suite:  II-Pavana e gagliarda (Francis Chagrin)," English String Miniatures, 5 / Naxos
  • Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Gavin Sutherland, cond., "Giocoso (Albert Cazabon)," English String Miniatures, 5 / Naxos
  • Aphex Twin, "Window Sill," Selected Ambient Works, vol. 2 / Sire-Warner Bros.
  • Ralph McTell, "Sand in Your Shoes,"  Sand in Your Shoes / Red House

Dated References

  • In the open to segment A, Rick says "it's 70 years" since the Monuments Men first attempted to rescue European art in World War Two.
  • There are multiple references in segment A and B to the new movie "The Monuments Men."  Rick notes it debuts on February 7 (2014) at 7:25 and 27:45.
  • Rick says "Saving Italy" is Robert Edsels' latest book at 15:17.  
  • At 34:00, Rick refers to a major discovery of missing art in Munich "in the fall of 2013."
  • In the liners at the end of segment B and the open of segment C, Rick notes that "Doc Martin" is one of the most popular dramas now showing on public TV.  At 46:01 he mentions it is very popular in England.
  • At 46:10 and 53:09, Rick says season six of Doc Martin "debuts this week" on many public TV stations. 
  • Martin Clunes reveals at 48:11 that he expects to produce one more series of Doc Martin.

Program Extras

More with Martin Clunes - Martin Clunes tells Rick about the international versions that are being made of Doc Martin, and how they differ from the original. (runs 2:38)