The BEST Episodes of Quacks

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Network: BBC Two

A raucous comedy set in Victorian London about four medical pioneers fighting to make a mark on the world.

The Physician's Hernia

#1 - The Physician's Hernia

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 19, 2017

When William’s childhood friend Mina puts pressure on William to marry her, he has a difficult moral decision to make.

star 7.66
97 votes
The Madman's Trial

#2 - The Madman's Trial

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 29, 2017

William stages a mock trial to cure a deluded patient, while Robert looks to advance his reputation by securing the backing of a wealthy female patron.

star 7.52
126 votes
The Indian Mesmerist

#3 - The Indian Mesmerist

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 5, 2017

Caroline arranges for herself and William to meet a charismatic hypnotist at a local curry house for a demonstration of his powers.

star 7.41
108 votes
The Bishop's Appendix

#4 - The Bishop's Appendix

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 12, 2017

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.

star 7.36
105 votes
The Duke's Tracheotomy

#5 - The Duke's Tracheotomy

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 15, 2017

Robert is a domineering, showman surgeon - a rock star of his age - who is almost as brilliant as he thinks he is. He can pack out an operating theatre and take off a leg in 92 seconds. But after a botched amputation, Robert is put under pressure by the royal physician, Dr Hendrick. So John, a drug-addled dentist who is trying to create the world's first anaesthetic, convinces Robert to use potentially lethal ether in a prestigious and pioneering operation.

star 7.34
212 votes
Directors: Andy De Emmony
Writers: James Wood
The Lady's Abscess

#6 - The Lady's Abscess

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 22, 2017

Caroline bags an invitation to meet her hero, Charles Dickens. William finds himself in an awkward position when he exaggerates how much of a fan he is - he hasn't read a single page. An excruciating evening ensues when William escorts Caroline to a dinner party at Dickens's house.

star 7.30
145 votes