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

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2017
Channels
BBC Two
Episodes
6 (1 series)
Stars
Rory Kinnear, Mathew Baynton, Tom Basden, Lydia Leonard, Rupert Everett, Geoffrey McGivern and Ed Gaughan
Writer
James Wood
Directors
Andy de Emmony and Matthew Scrivener
Producers
Imogen Cooper, Justin Davies, James Wood, Rachel Hillman and Ben Worsfield
Companies

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.

Additional details

Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 15th August 2017 at 10pm on BBC Two
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 19th September 2017 at 10pm on BBC Two
Most recent repeats
  • Wednesday 5th September 2018 at 11:15pm on BBC2 Wales - Episode 6
  • Thursday 23rd August 2018 at 10:00pm on BBC2 - Episode 6
  • Thursday 16th August 2018 at 10:00pm on BBC2 - Episode 5

Recording details

  • Old Royal Naval College (Greenwich) - Exterior locations

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