TV Review: The Living and the Dead (BBC)

Charlotte Spencer and Colin Morgan as the Applebys (Robert Viglasky/BBC) WARNING: Contains spoilers! Last night the BBC’s original six-part series, The Living and the Dead, reached its grand finale. Dubbed “Thomas Hardy with ghosts” by its creator, Ashley Pharaoh, the show – set in 1894 – saw a seemingly sleepy village in rural Somerset haunted…

People Powered Medicine: A one-day public symposium

Originally posted on Constructing Scientific Communities:
Dental health publicity, Bermondsey. Credit: Mirrorpix/ Southwark Local History Library and Archive/ Wellcome Images Registration has now opened for our one-day public symposium investigating public participation in medicine and healthcare from the nineteenth century to the present. The symposium, held at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS), will bring together historical…

TV Review: Doctor Thorne (ITV, 2016)

Anthony Trollope, Napoleon Sarony (New York Public Library) Last night Julian Fellowes’s adaptation of Doctor Thorne bowed out on ITV. When I first heard the Downton Abbey creator was intending to transport Anthony Trollope’s novel to the small screen, my response was one of anticipation and trepidation. I was excited because the novel features fairly…

Doctors Dissected: Doctor Thorne, Anthony Trollope (1858)

It’s tempting to characterise the host of doctors in Victorian fiction as a gallery of rogues and romantic heroes. But how do medical practitioners really feature in nineteenth-century narratives? In ‘Doctors Dissected’, a series of blog posts, I’ll be reappraising the roles they play in canonical and lesser-known novels… Anthony Trollope, Napoleon Sarony (New York Public Library)…