Quacks. Image shows from L to R: Dr. Hendrick (Rupert Everett), Robert (Rory Kinnear), Caroline (Lydia Leonard), William (Mathew Baynton), John (Tom Basden). Copyright: Lucky Giant.


BBC Two sitcom about three medical pioneers. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2017. Stars Rory Kinnear, Mathew Baynton, Tom Basden, Lydia Leonard and others.

Quacks. Image shows from L to R: William (Mathew Baynton), Robert (Rory Kinnear), Dr. Hendrick (Rupert Everett), Caroline (Lydia Leonard), John (Tom Basden). Copyright: Lucky Giant.


Sitcom about Victorian medical pioneers, created by Rev writer James Wood

6   (1 series)
Rory Kinnear, Mathew Baynton, Tom Basden, Lydia Leonard, Rupert Everett, Geoffrey McGivern and Ed Gaughan
James Wood
Andy de Emmony
Imogen Cooper and Ben Worsfield

Quacks focuses on the extraordinary, daring and wild days of Victorian medicine. It follows the progress of four young medical pioneers fighting to make a mark on the world - beat their rivals - and save lives.

Quacks is set in the 1840s, when medical science as we know it was still in its infancy, when doctors were just as likely to kill their patients as cure them, when they experimented on themselves and each other. The show explores an era of surgery when the operating theatre was just that: a theatre, full of spectacle and showmanship, where people would come to watch revolutionary procedures, or a surgeon try to beat his amputation speed record.

It stars Mathew Baynton as a fledgling psychiatrist, Rory Kinnear as an arrogant showman surgeon, Tom Basden as a hedonistic dentist turned anaesthetist, and Lydia Leonard as a headstrong social campaigner. Rupert Everett plays the head doctor.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 15th August 2017 on BBC Two at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 19th September 2017 on BBC Two at 10pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Wednesday 5th September 2018 at 11:15pm on BBC2 Wales

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