Victorian Pharmacy


Though I do so hate to tease those of you living outside of the UK with the kind of television our Darling BBC occasionally delights us with, this morning I can barely resist registering my over-exitable interest in the Victorian Pharmacy, starting on BBC2 this Thursday evening at nine, if only so I remind myself to watch it…

Television does so get in the way of  living a life well lived doesn’t it? But for this four part documentary on the recreation of a Victorian Pharmacy  in all it’s inspired and often bizarre glory, I  plan to make an exception and drag myself away from the books,  wine and conversation that usually swallow my summer evenings up whole….

Based on the pharmacys common to many a town in 1837, when  the use of leeches and oil of earthworm were recommended for many ills, the first programme will feature the bronchial kettle, dry-cupping and the Malvern Water Cure and looks set to have us all re-thinking modern medicine and having nightmares about having our diseased blood being sucked right out of our toes…

The Victorians were great weren’t they?

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4 comments on “Victorian Pharmacy

  1. I am so looking forward to this. I loved the Victorian Farm series recently, and was a big fan of the Victorian Garden and Kitchen in the mid 90's
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  2. I'm heading straight home tonight to set that to record on my Sky Planner!

    Victoria x

  3. Steph on said:

    While you're thinking about the BBC, listen to Woman's Hour from this morning and their bit on blogs…I'm still not sure what I think about what I heard! I did think about it while I was ordering more stuff from the Lakeland sale….mini bundt tins now only £2.99 and those lovely Mason Cash pudding basins…must stop wanting stuff……

  4. That is a tease, It sounds great, Im sure we will get it in Australia eventually. In the mean time ill have to be happy with Sunday morning viewings of Lark rise to Candlford (Its such an odd time to screen a period series but its the only one on with any regularity, beggars cant be choosers I guess)
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