Victorian Pharmacy

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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Episode 4

Episode 1x04; Aug 12, 2010

The last programme in the series sees Ruth, Tom and Nick continue with Barber and Goodman's Pharmacy through to the end of the Victorian era.Tom branches out into photography and dentistry using the latest technology, such as the foot-pedal dental dr

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x04: Episode 4Aug 12, 2010
1x03: Episode 3Aug 5, 2010
1x02: Episode 2Jul 22, 2010
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