Quacks (TV series)
The title card, which shows the main four characters moving whilst a photograph is being taken, leading to it being blurred
|Created by||James Wood|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Justin Davies|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company||Lucky Giant|
|Original network||BBC Two|
|Picture format||16:9 1080i|
|Original release||15 August –|
19 September 2017
Quacks, created by James Wood, is a BBC character sitcom about four Victorian era doctors. The series combines satire, absurdist comedy and traditional slapstick, with stories often being based on real history. Despite generally favourable reviews it was cancelled after one series.
- Rory Kinnear as Robert Lessing, a showman surgeon who smokes cigarettes and wears a filthy bloodstained apron when performing operations before a public audience.
- Lydia Leonard as Caroline, Robert's professionally and sexually frustrated wife.
- Mathew Baynton as William, an early psychologist and Robert's best friend.
- Tom Basden as John, an alcoholic and drug addict anaesthetist who owes money to a loan shark.
- Rupert Everett as Dr Hendricks, the paranoid and anti-Semitic principal of the medical school.
- Andy Linden as Fitz, the old warder at the lunatic asylum.
- Adam Ewan as Tom, Robert's working class assistant.
- Osi Okerafor as Butterworth, a debt collector who routinely threatens and assaults John.
- Lisa Jackson as Mina, William's fiancée.
- Miranda Hennesey as Nicola, John's lover.
- Selina Griffiths as a Matron
- Millie Thomas as Florence Nightingale.
- Andrew Scott as Charles Dickens.
- Roger Ashton-Griffiths as the Bishop of Lambeth.
- Nicholas Blane as the Duke of Bedford.
- Fenella Woolgar as Lady Campbell.
- Kayvan Novak as Mr Kapoor, an Indian restaurant owner who moonlights as a hypnotist.
- Simon Farnaby as Dr Flowers, purveyor of liniments and lotions.
- Ben Willbond as Patrice Dupont, a renowned surgeon.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers|
|1||"The Duke's Tracheotomy"||Andy De Emmony||James Wood||August 15, 2017||N/A|
|Robert performs a tracheotomy and removes a malignant tumor on the Duke of Bedford's nose.|
|2||"The Lady's Abscess"||Andy De Emmony||James Wood||August 22, 2017||N/A|
|Caroline meets Charles Dickens. Meanwhile, Florence Nightingale attempts to take over Robert's surgery.|
|3||"The Madman's Trial"||Andy De Emmony||Mathew Baynton||August 29, 2017||N/A|
|William attempts to cure a mentally ill patient who fears being guillotined by French Revolutionaries as a nobleman. John resorts to selling toothbrushes and snake oil to clear his debt, Caroline disguises herself as a man to sneak into male-only lectures, and Robert attempts to gain the patronage of a wealthy Duchess.|
|4||"The Indian Mesmerist"||Andy De Emmony||James Wood||September 5, 2017||N/A|
|Robert invents a device to remove William's bladder stones. Caroline hires a charlatan Indian hypnotist to treat Robert's nightmares and insomnia.|
|5||"The Bishop's Appendix"||Andy De Emmony||James Wood||September 12, 2017||N/A|
|The Bishop needs his appendix removed, but refuses to take anaesthetic. John falls in love with the apothecary's daughter Nicola, and William attempts to impress the visiting hospital inspector by pretending to cure an actor whom he had paid to feign insanity.|
|6||"The Physician's Hernia"||Andy De Emmony||James Wood||September 19, 2017||N/A|
|Dr Hendricks is suffering from a hernia and a rival team of doctors are called in.|
The first episode, which aired on BBC 2 at 10pm on 15 August 2017, received positive reviews from The Independent and The Guardian. Critics like Gerard Gilbert praised the series' originality, and particularly the performance of Lydia Leonard and Rupert Everett. Radio Times noted the similarities to Monty Python and Blackadder, and praised the scriptwriters' ability to weave the series' surreal humour with anecdotes of bizarre real historical events. Reviews generally remained favourable by the time the final series episode aired, with Sean O'Grady of The Independent calling for a second series.
- Steve Bennett (15 August 2017). "TV preview : Quacks". Chortle.
- Fiona Sturges (12 August 2017). "Quacks: a medical comedy that will have you in stitches". The Guardian.
- Kelly, Stephen (17 September 2018). "BBC2's Victorian medical comedy Quacks has been cancelled". Radio Times. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
- Quacks at IMDb
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- The Bishops Appendix at IMDb
- Thomas Ling (15 August 2017). "Quacks is a cutting edge historical comedy to rival Blackadder". Radio Times. Immediate Media Company.
- ""Quacks" The Madmans Trial (TV Episode 2017)". Retrieved 17 June 2018 – via www.imdb.com.
- The Indian Mesmerist at IMDb
- On The Box
- "TV Guide". Retrieved 17 June 2018.
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- "Indian Mesmerist on BBC Website". BBC.
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- Gerard Gilbert (8 August 2017). "Quacks: Surely one of the most original new TV shows of the year". The Independent.
- Caroline Preece (14 August 2017). "Quacks: BBC Two's hilarious medical comedy from Rev creator". Cultbox.
- Sean O'Grady (19 September 2017). "TV review, Quacks (BBC2): Rupert Everett's animated hernia". The Independent.