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?