Victorian Pharmacy

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Original run: 15 Jul 2010 – 12 Aug 2010

Country of origin: UK

Genre: Discovery/Science, History

Network: BBC TWO UK

Watched by: 209 of 676 971 0.03%

Total running time: 4 hours

Episode duration: 60 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.1 of 10 198 rating: 8.202 of 10 159

MyShows rating: 4.5 of 5 78


In a unique experiment, historian Ruth Goodman, Professor Nick Barber and PhD student Tom Quick are recreating an authentic 19th-century pharmacy. The team discover the world of the pharmacy at the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign in 1837; a world where traditional remedies, such as leeches, oil of earthworm and potions laced with cannabis and opium, held sway. After sampling some of the old ways, the team venture into new discoveries, such as the Malvern water cure, the bronchial kettle for curing coughs, and the invention of Indian tonic water.

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