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Series 1, Episode 5 - Fifth. The Bishop's Appendix

Quacks. Landlord (Geoffrey McGivern). Copyright: Lucky Giant
Robert has a problematic patient - the Bishop of Lambeth needs his appendix removed or he will die. But he won't agree to pain relief or surgery. For the first time since losing his wife, John falls in love. However, his whirlwind romance is thrown into jeopardy when his intended reveals she's promised to another man; the wealthy Lord Thornycroft.

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For the first time since losing his wife, John falls in love - with Nicola Bell from the apothecary. But their whirlwind romance is thrown into jeopardy when Nicola reveals she is promised to another man, the wealthy Lord Thornycroft. Can John see off his rival?

Robert has a seemingly unsolvable case - the Bishop of Lambeth needs his appendix removed or he will die. But he won't agree to pain relief or surgery. Meanwhile, William is put under pressure to prove that his methods can cure madness, so he ropes in the pub landlord to play mad and fake some results.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Time
10pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

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Date Time Channel
Thursday 16th August 2018 10:00pm BBC2

Cast & crew

Cast
Rory Kinnear Robert
Mathew Baynton William
Tom Basden John
Lydia Leonard Caroline
Geoffrey McGivern Landlord
Guest cast
Andy Linden Fitz
Selina Griffiths Matron
Marcia Warren Mrs Agar
Lisa Jackson Mina
Miranda Hennessy Nicola Bell
Rebecca Gethings Mrs Roberts
Roger Ashton-Griffiths Bishop of Lambeth
David Bamber Dr Wyatt
James Laurenson Mr Agar
Sarah Hoare Working Girl 1
Bunmi Mojekwu (as Bunmi Hojekwu) Working Girl 2
Writing team
James Wood Writer
Production team
Andy de Emmony Director
Matthew Scrivener 1st Assistant Director
Imogen Cooper Producer
Justin Davies Executive Producer
James Wood Executive Producer
Rachel Hillman Executive Producer
Ben Worsfield Co-producer
Robin Peters Editor
Lucy Spink Production Designer
Rachel Freck Casting Director
Richard Cooke Costume Designer
Ed Rutherford Director of Photography
Niamh Morrison Make-up Designer
Ian Arber Composer

Video

John and Nicola's knockout date

John takes Nicola to watch some bare knuckle boxing.

Featuring: Tom Basden (John) & Miranda Hennessy (Nicola Bell).

Press

Preview - Quacks: The Bishop's Appendix

In the penultimate episode of the historic medical sitcom, we witness love, lust and bareknuckle boxing.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 12th September 2017

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