Christmas Quacks: The Making of BBC 2's 'Quacks'

Christmas Quacks: The Making of BBC 2's 'Quacks'


Posted 2017-12-12 by May Crossfollow

Fri 15 Dec 2017

I don't usually think of medicine as being a laugh a minute, so how do you make the history of the 1850s Victorian medicine in London funny? From dead moles to modesty dolls (yes, there was such a thing), and ether to mesmerism, Quacks is a hilarious romp through 19th Century London's medical world and stars Rupert Everett and Rory Kinnear. Meet the team behind the BBC's original, new TV hit series Quacks. Enjoy mince pies and mulled wine while you discover how the team brought the gruesome realities of Dickensian medicine to the small screen for our entertainment.

On the evening, you will meet face to face with the show's creators. You may ask the panel your (daft) questions about making history into television and hear how the Royal College of Physician's (RCP) own archives and remarkable collections inspired the programme. It promises to be entertaining and informative if somewhat absurd (and tasty too).

Tickets are £9.57 and include mulled wine and mince pies (yum). It is on Friday, 15th December 2017 from 6pm to 8pm at the Royal College of Physicians. Please note, that spaces for this event are limited. Visit the event website here to book your place now.

The Royal College of Physicians is located in central London overlooking Regent's Park. It is Grade I listed modernist architecture with rooms that reflect the RCP's history, including the Council Chamber and the Dorchester Library.

Quacks was created and written by James Wood (also writer and creator of Rev); produced by Imogen Cooper (maker of popular series Horrible Histories); and with history consultation by Richard Barnett (author of The Sick Rose and other titles). The evening will be presented by Kristin Hussey, medical historian and curator of the Royal College of Physicians. The six-part series follows a physician, a surgeon, a dentist and an 'alienist' (whatever that is) as they navigate an era of incredible (and I mean incredible) and often hair-raising changes in medicine.

James Wood
James Wood is the BAFTA award-winning writer and creator of Rev, Ambassadors and Quacks (all for BBC2). He adapted Evelyn Waugh's novel Decline & Fall recently for BBC1 and also wrote The Gamechangers, a film about Grand Theft Auto, for the BBC.

Richard Barnett
Richard Barnett is a writer, teacher and broadcaster on the history of science and medicine. He studied medicine in London before becoming a historian and has taught at Cambridge and UCL. In 2011 he received one of the first Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships. He has made many appearances on British and American television and radio,and is the author of six widely-praised books.

Imogen Cooper
Imogen Cooper is a television drama and comedy producer, whose credits include the BAFTA award winning comedy Horrible Histories, Channel 4's Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, ITV's The Job Lot, Yonderland for Sky One and Quacks for BBC2. She is currently producing the four-part drama Hatton Garden for ITV written by Jeff Pope.

Kristin Hussey
Kristin Hussey has previously worked in collections roles at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, the Francis Crick Institute and the Science Museum. She has recently completed her PhD on the History of Medicine and Empire in Late Victorian London.

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