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'Masterpiece: Breathless'
(Jack Davenport, Iain Glen, Zoe Boyle, Joanna Page, Catherine Steadman, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2014 / PBS)

Overview: A stylish and compelling new medical drama set in London in the early 1960s, '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 this veneer simmers a cauldron of lies and guilty secrets, driven by love, ambition and sex.

DVD Verdict: Personally, as an Ex-Pat of a certain age I loved 'Breathless.' Indeed, it left me wanting to see more as I watched each episode. It is set in the 1960's and the sets and outfits are well researched and beautifully put together.

The story revolves around Otto Powell, played by Jack Davenport (Coupling), as the story unfolds we find out that Otto has a dark secret from the past. This secret gradually unravels throughout the series and entwines the other characters.

The acting is fantastic from the whole cast. In particular the performance by Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey)as Jean Truscott was quite something as well. I think I was four episodes in before I realized there was only two more to go! And Catherine Steadman (The Tudors) as Nurse Angela Wilson rather resembled Natalie Wood. That was a nice touch, whether meant or not.

'Masterpiece: Breathless' has a look of Mad Men about it, but that's because it's set in the same era. And to be fair Otto Powell is far better than Don Draper, who in my opinion is a conceited womanizing dolt!

Anyway, moving on and this wonderful series gives us an insight into life in the 1960's in the most alluring, and charming of manners. We get to see the attitudes of the time and the different roles of the time for both men and woman. I just hope that ITV make a second series. These are all Widescreen Presentations (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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