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 producer(s)||Justin Davies|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||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.
|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.|
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