In Victorian London four pioneers, friends, and rivals fighting to make a mark on the world and save lives.






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Series cast summary:
Rory Kinnear ...  Robert 6 episodes, 2017
Tom Basden Tom Basden ...  John 6 episodes, 2017
Mathew Baynton ...  William 6 episodes, 2017
Lydia Leonard ...  Caroline 6 episodes, 2017
Ed Gaughan Ed Gaughan ...  Peters 4 episodes, 2017
Geoffrey McGivern Geoffrey McGivern ...  Landlord 4 episodes, 2017
Rupert Everett ...  Dr. Hendrick 3 episodes, 2017
Lisa Jackson Lisa Jackson ...  Mina 3 episodes, 2017
Osi Okerafor ...  Butterworth 2 episodes, 2017
Andy Linden Andy Linden ...  Fitz The Guard 2 episodes, 2017
Fenella Woolgar ...  Lady Campbell 2 episodes, 2017
Selina Griffiths Selina Griffiths ...  Matron 2 episodes, 2017
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ...  Bishop of Lambeth 2 episodes, 2017
Rebecca Gethings ...  Estelle Rogers / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Miranda Hennessy ...  Nicola / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Sarah Hoare ...  Sarah / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Robin Hooper ...  Mr. Bradbury 2 episodes, 2017
Dominique Moore ...  Rosie 2 episodes, 2017
Milly Thomas ...  Florence Nightingale 2 episodes, 2017
Marcia Warren Marcia Warren ...  Mrs. Agar 2 episodes, 2017
Ben Willbond ...  Patrice Dupont 2 episodes, 2017


In Victorian London four pioneers, friends, and rivals fighting to make a mark on the world and save lives.

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15 August 2017 (UK) See more »

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Шарлатаны See more »

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Throughout the series there are repeated references to Robert Lessing's experience aboard the Medusa which contributed to his 'affliction' and his corresponding refusal to discuss his trauma. It seems likely, although with some historical complication, that this might be a reference to the wreckage of the Medusa (Méduse), a vessel that struck the Bank of Arguin and inspired the painting 'Raft of the Medusa' by Théodore Géricault. The evacuating passengers of the vessel were lost in a panic; many drowned, some rebelling drunkards were shot by officers, and the rest were forced into cannibalism in order to survive. If Lessing survived his experience adrift of the Medusa, the implication is that he must have engaged in cannibalism. See more »

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Chuckle, Laugh - Hysterical
13 September 2017 | by pete-mcginness93See all my reviews

Best seen back to back as there are threads that carry through. Don't mean to be unkind to those not cogent of the medical, surgical, pharmacy or dentistry references but there's clearly been some research and the result is a side-splitter at times. Eloquent side references to medical/surgical ethics but on the whole BEST satirical and comedic one liners since Blackadder.

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