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.

Press Clippings

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2017 shortlist

The shortlisted TV and radio shows for the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2017 have been announced. 60 programmes are in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title.

British Comedy Guide, 15th January 2018

Quacks - Series 1 review

Upstart Crow-esque in its conceptualisation, Quacks is a humorous look back on the notably blasé approach to health and hygiene within experimental medicine that resulted in the gruesome deaths of thousands, and yet also lead to the advancements in modern medicine that we see today.

Becca Moody, Moody Comedy, 2nd October 2017

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

James Wood's comedy set in the days of experimental Victorian medicine continues to delight and engross, even at its most gross. Tonight, Caroline has her first curry, William is doubled up with abdominal pains from a bladder stone that Robert is eager to operate on, and Tom is writing narrative poetry on chloroform. The centrepiece, however, is Robert's recollection of his days stranded on a desert island, which involved turtle riding and pelican tackling.

David Stubbs, The Guardian, 5th September 2017

Preview - Quacks: The Madman's Trial

The Victorian medical sitcom continues with a mixture of quackery, crossdressing and insanity.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 29th August 2017

The Victorian medical sitcom continues, with down-at-heel dentist John's largest creditor coming a-knocking. Elsewhere, Robert's attempts to climb the buttery social ladder founder without patronage from some loftier social strata, but moneyed misanthrope Lady Campbell might just offer a path to social betterment. And a put-upon Caroline aims to outsmart the patriarchal poltroons who pull the strings at the society of apothecaries.

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 29th August 2017

When Caroline blags an invite to her hero Charles Dickens's dinner party, William also pretends to be a fan and goes along, too. Andrew Scott plays Dickens brilliantly as a doom-filled fop lapping up compliments while knocking back the sauce. Elsewhere, Florence Nightingale wants the surgeons to clean their instruments as she assists in the case of a woman with a haemorrhoid "perhaps the size of a Christmas walnut". Excellent fun.

Hannah Verdier, The Guardian, 22nd August 2017

I wanted to love Quacks, Rory Kinnear and Rupert Everett hamming it up with much snot, grist and ether, prat-slipping all over the ichor-soaked boards of Victorian London. But, if I didn't actually laugh once, does it deserve to be billed as a comedy? Still. It's written by James "Rev" Wood, has a winningly short title, and even Blackadder started pretty poorly.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 20th August 2017

Quacks: in need of serious surgery - review

I'm not quite sure what's gone wrong with Quacks, but it's in need of some serious surgery.

Ben Lawrence, The Telegraph, 16th August 2017

Quacks: a historical comedy to rival Blackadder

The new absurd historical sitcom from Rev writer James Wood packs enough laughs to compete with the Richard Curtis and Ben Elton classic.

Thomas Liang, Radio Times, 15th August 2017