Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey), and Catherine Steadman (Mansfield Park) team up for an addicting new series with astounding suspense, supreme satire, and smart ‘60s style on Breathless, airing in three parts on Masterpiece Mystery! Sundays, August 24 - September 7, at 8:00 p.m. on KUED.
Davenport stars as a brilliant London surgeon in 1961, when doctors were treated like gods and acted the part. The stylish story of a dark secret and the complexities of the sexual revolution had critics hooked on Breathless during its UK broadcast. The Times (London) marveled, “Jack Davenport [is] a suave gynecologist with a glint in his eye, a revolver in his pocket, and a hospital full of nurses ready to start swinging as the 1960s hit Britain.” And The Independent (London) wrote, “Breathless looks absolutely lovely—it takes our breath away.”
Breathless follows the exploits of doctors, nurses, and spouses connected with a busy obstetrics ward at a National Health Service hospital. It’s a time when gynecologists are men and nurses aspire to a trip down the aisle with a good-looking doctor. Abortion is illegal, the Beatles are still nobodies, and society is on the cusp of profound change.
No one seems to have more going for him than Otto Powell (Davenport), a well-off gynecologist who can perform miracles in the operating room and has a trophy wife (Little) and a bright, well-mannered son. Otto also has a wandering eye, which targets the new nurse, Angela Wilson (Steadman), who plays uncommonly hard-to-get.
Unknown to all, Angela is already married—although abandoned years earlier—and is the sister of another of Otto’s nurse conquests, Jean, who is engaged to Otto’s posh colleague.
Both sisters are mixed up in Otto’s occasional “specials”—secret abortions that he performs with an anesthesiologist out of concern for the health of women in dire straits. All risk imprisonment for their deeds—a prospect that is increasingly worrisome.
The plot thickens considerably with the appearance of an obsessed detective, who is linking some of the characters to events in another country and a different decade. The inquiry leaves protagonists, not to mention viewers breathless.
Begins Sun. Aug. 24, 8PM