Quacks (2017–2018)
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The Physicians Hernia 

Robert's rival, the suave French surgeon Patrice DuPont is due to perform surgery on Dr Hendrick himself. Patrice makes John a tempting offer to join him.


Andy De Emmony


James Wood


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Episode credited cast:
Tom Basden ... John
Mathew Baynton ... William
Rupert Everett ... Dr. Hendrick
Ed Gaughan Ed Gaughan ... Peters
Lisa Jackson Lisa Jackson ... Mina
Rory Kinnear ... Robert
Lydia Leonard ... Caroline
Bruce Mackinnon ... Mr. Neill
Ben Willbond ... Patrice Dupont


When Dr Hendrick finds he has a hernia he chooses the famous French surgeon Patrice Dupont to operate on him over a disgusted Robert, who is demoted to assistant and is further annoyed that Patrice has chosen John as his anaesthetist. Caroline is still meeting in secret with William, who reluctantly gives a suspicious Robert advice on saving his marriage, leading Robert to take his wife's medical ambitions seriously. Consequently when Patrice bungles the operation Caroline's knowledge helps Robert to perform it successfully whilst William, feeling guilty about his affair, agrees to marry Mina - for financial reasons. Written by don @ minifie-1

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15 August 2017 (UK) See more »

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The Physicians Hernia
19 March 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

John is getting close but has not yet perfected his anaesthetic for surgical operations as Robert's accountant dies at the operating theatre.

Dr Hendrick, the royal surgeon finds he has a hernia he decides to go for the famous French surgeon Patrice Dupont who has performed countless hernia operations.

Robert who cannot stand the frenchman is ordered to be his assistant. Patrice is impressed by John's experiments nad has employs him as an anaesthetist.

Caroline wants to divorce Robert and run off with William. However William ends up giving Robert advice on saving his marriage as Robert confides in him that his marriage is in trouble. Meanwhile Mina gives an ultimatum to William that she cannot continue to pay his father's nursing fees forever, he proposes marriage to her knowing it is for convenience.

Robert helps Caroline to fulfil her medical ambitions begrudgingly. She notices that Dr Hendrick may not have a hernia leaving Patrice humiliated.

I thought Quacks was an uneven series, still trying to find its feet. Yet it has promise but really needed more laughs for a comedy.

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