Masterpiece Mystery: Breathless

Masterpiece Mystery: Breathless

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Shown from left to right: Natasha Little as Elizabeth Powell, Jack Davenport as Dr. Otto Powell, Zoe Boyle as Jean Meecher, Oliver Chris as Dr. Richard Truscott, and Sarah Parish as Margaret

Credit: Courtesy of (C) ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE

Breathless, a stylish and compelling new medical drama set in London in 1961, follows the lives of a group of doctors and nurses working in a London hospital, a world in which everything and everyone has their place. But underneath this veneer simmers a cauldron of lies and guilty secrets, driven by love, ambition, and sex. 

Starring Jack Davenport (Smash, Pirates of the Caribbean) as a brilliant surgeon who believes he can make a difference in the lives of women, Breathless airs Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Other cast members include Zoe Boyle and Iain Glen of Downton Abbey and Natasha Little.

Breathless opens in 1961, a time when Britain was on the brink of the '60s revolution – abortion is illegal and the contraceptive pill is only just available to married women. Set in and around a busy gynecology unit, medicine becomes the perfect stage to play out the shifting and complex moral codes of early 1960s society.