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A television medical drama revolving around Doctor Eleanor Bramwell, a female doctor in Victorian England, running a clinic for the poor in London's East End. It seems to be standard costume-drama fare except for the subject matter: Period medical techniques are shown in some degree of detail, and Bramwell herself faces a good degree of opposition by virtue of gender.
Though the initial intent is to treat only those who cannot pay, Eleanor can't run a free clinic on her own without taking patients on the side, and a fair bit of the show's plot revolves around ethical dilemmas on whom to treat and why. Rather than focusing the series on exotic new ailments, due to the historical setting, a good deal of the show is spent demonstrating the historical approach to a problem - an ovariectomy for a woman with post-partum depression, for example - and they don't shy away from showing some spurting blood here and there.
This show provides examples of:
- Anyone Can Die: Rather graphically, Lady Cora Peters in the first series, and Dan Bentley in the second.
- Blood From the Mouth
- Bring Out Your Gay Dead
- Extraordinarily Empowered Woman
- The Grotesque
- High-Pressure Blood: Justified. It's usually an artery.
- Hospital Paradiso: Particularly the episode involving O'Neill and the pregnant child prostitute.
- Incurable Cough of Death
- Instant Sedation: Subverted, and hard.
- Lethal Diagnosis: Only like, every other episode.
- Race For Your Love: Eleanor rushing to catch her fiance before he leaves for America, fearing that the fight they had earlier may have ruined things. Luckily, it hasn't.
- Status Quo Is God: Each episode in series 1 and 2 is largely self-contained. At the end of series 2, things become much more settled into a story arc, whereby the story of Eleanor, Finn and her other suitors takes over from purist "case of the week" procedural.
- Victorian London
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Frederick, of season 2.