as Otto Powell
Directed by: Paul Unwin
Written by: Paul Unwin, Peter Grimsdale, Simon Tyrrell
Cast: Jack Davenport, Natasha Little, Oliver Chris, Zoe Boyle, Joanna Page, Shaun Dingwall, Catherine Steadman, Sarah Parish, Pippa Haywood, Iain Glen. a.o.
Breathless 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 the shiny veneer simmers a cauldron of lies, deception and guilty secrets, driven by love, ambition and sex.
The series 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 Gynaecology unit, medicine becomes the perfect stage to play out the shifting and complex moral codes of early 1960s society.
Jack Davenport plays Otto Powell, a brilliant and charismatic surgeon, who passionately believes he can make a difference to women’s lives, even if that means risking imprisonment under the abortion laws of 1961.
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