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The Duke's Tracheotomy 

Victorian medics perform amputations and other gruesome operations in a theatre in front of the public.


Andy De Emmony


James Wood (written & created by), James Wood




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Kinnear ... Robert
Ed Gaughan Ed Gaughan ... Peters
Maggie Service Maggie Service ... Sally
Amy Marston ... Laura
Tom Godwin Tom Godwin ... Mr. Smiles
Tom Basden ... John
Victoria Alcock ... Annie
Osi Okerafor ... Butterworth
Mathew Baynton ... William
Andy Linden ... Fitz The Guard
Adam Ewan ... Tom
Rupert Everett ... Dr. Hendrick
Lydia Leonard ... Caroline
Georgia Brown Georgia Brown ... Maggie
Bekka Bowling ... Becky


In 1840s Britain, before anaesthetics, cocky surgeon Robert Lessing is in disgrace after sawing off rather more than a patient's leg, causing his death whilst fledgling psychiatrist - or alienist - Tom Agar recommends kindness therapy, rather than beatings, to asylum inmates, not very successfully. Tom's demonstration of phrenology to help Robert's wife Caroline leads to Caroline's own decision to try and enter the all male world of medicine whilst impoverished dentist John experiments with the use of anaesthetics. Robert's chance to redeem himself occurs when lordly Royal physician Dr Hendrick orders him to operate on the Duke of Bedford's tumour. His success will depend on two medical innovations provided by John and himself. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Four young Victorian medical pioneers fight to make a mark on the world - beat their rivals - and saves lives.



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The Duke's Tracheotomy
18 August 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

From James Wood the creator of the religious sitcom Rev, is this medical comedy set in Victorian London.

Rory Kinnear is the vain Dr Lessing theatrically performing operations with his bloodied gown to an adoring public as he tries to beat his personal best of 92 seconds for a leg amputation. He does not believe in anaesthetic which was in its infancy then. After the op he has a well deserved cigarette but his patient still ends up dead.

Never mind his next task is to perform a rare tracheotomy on royalty but a celebratory cigarette after the procedure causes havoc.

The humour is puerile with plenty of jokes about women's problems. Lydia Leonard plays the neglected wife of Dr Lessing, sexually frustrated she consults William (Mathew Baynton) who has modern views of psychology, he becomes both embarrassed and aroused by her.

Presiding over all this madness is Rupert Everett as the mercurial and anti semitic Dr Hendrick.

The opening episode was weak, yet to find its feet unless Dr Lessing chopped them off.

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