Quacks (TV series)

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Quacks title card.png
The title card, which shows the main four characters moving whilst a photograph is being taken, leading to it being blurred
Genre Sitcom
Created by James Wood
Composer(s) Ian Arber
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Justin Davies
James Wood
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Lucky Giant
Distributor BBC
Original network BBC Two
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 15 August 2017 (2017-08-15) – present

Quacks, created by James Wood, is a BBC character sitcom about four Victorian era doctors.[1] The series combines satire, absurdist comedy and traditional slapstick, with stories often being based on real history.[2]


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Recurring characters[edit]

One-off characters[edit]



The Historic Chatham Dockyard, Kent doubled as streets of Victorian London. It was also used as the location of the apothecary and bareknuckle boxing fight featured in the series.[13]

Critical response[edit]

The series has received positive reviews, with many critics comparing it with Blackadder.[6]

The first episode, which aired on BBC 2 at 10pm on 15 August 2017,[14] received positive reviews from The Independent and The Guardian.[2] Critics like Gerard Gilbert praised the series' originality, and particularly the performance of Lydia Leonard and Rupert Everett.[15] Radio Times noted the similarities to Monty Python and Blackadder, and praised the scriptwriters' ability to weave the series' surreal humour with anecdotes of bizarre real historical events.[16][6] Reviews generally remained favourable by the time the final series episode aired, with Paul Simper of The Sun particularly enjoying the characters' over-the-top behaviour,[17] and Sean O'Grady of The Independent calling for a second series.[18]


  1. ^ Steve Bennett (15 August 2017). "TV preview : Quacks". Chortle. 
  2. ^ a b Fiona Sturges (12 August 2017). "Quacks: a medical comedy that will have you in stitches". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ Quacks on IMDb
  4. ^ Lawrence, Ben (2017-08-16). "Quacks is a medical comedy in need of serious surgery - review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  5. ^ a b The Bishops Appendix on IMDb
  6. ^ a b c Thomas Ling (15 August 2017). "Quacks is a cutting edge historical comedy to rival Blackadder". Radio Times. Immediate Media Company. 
  7. ^ ""Quacks" The Madmans Trial (TV Episode 2017)". Retrieved 17 June 2018 – via www.imdb.com. 
  8. ^ a b The Indian Mesmerist on IMDb
  9. ^ On The Box
  10. ^ "TV Guide". Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  11. ^ "The Madman's Trial Summary: Quacks Season 1, Episode 3 Episode Guide and Schedule: Track your favourite TV shows". TV Calendar. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  12. ^ "Indian Mesmerist on BBC Website". BBC. 
  13. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Quacks Article". 
  14. ^ "Quacks, BBC2". Beyond The Joke. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  15. ^ Gerard Gilbert (8 August 2017). "Quacks: Surely one of the most original new TV shows of the year". The Independent. 
  16. ^ Caroline Preece (14 August 2017). "Quacks: BBC Two's hilarious medical comedy from Rev creator". Cultbox. 
  17. ^ Paul Simper (15 August 2017). "Bad medicine: Here are 10 reasons not to miss Quacks, the BBC's bawdy comedy about Victorian medical pioneers". The Sun. 
  18. ^ Sean O'Grady (19 September 2017). "TV review, Quacks (BBC2): Rupert Everett's animated hernia". The Independent. 

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