Breathless [videorecording] / Masterpiece on PBS/WGBH and ITV Studios ; written by Paul Unwin.
- ISBN: 631557341X : DVD
- ISBN: 9786315573415 : DVD
- ISBN: 9781627890564
- ISBN: 1627890564
- Physical Description: 2 videodiscs (360 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
- Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution,  [United States] : PBS Distribution, 
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|Participant or Performer Note:||Jack Davenport, Zoe Boyle, Iain Glen, Natasha Little.|
|Summary, etc.:||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. 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.|
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English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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|Subject:||Hospitals England London Employees Drama|
|Genre:||Medical television programs.
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Masterpiece : Breathless [2 Discs]
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It's 1961, and London is starting to swing. These early days of the cultural and sexual revolutions will eventually come to define the era, but the OB/GYN doctors and nurses of the fictional New London Hospital are already participants. Led by doctor Otto Powell (suavely played by Jack Davenport), who performs advanced surgical procedures as well as clandestine pregnancy terminations, the ensemble cast takes on the issues of the day: abortion, birth control, hormone therapy, infidelity, rape, women's roles in society, and more. Added to a standard medical drama format is an ambiguous crime committed in the past that involves some of the main characters. VERDICT The six-episode ITV series, broadcast in the United States as a PBS Masterpiece Mystery offering, is more manner than substance. Viewers who enjoy contemporary period pieces will likely find the set and costume design more captivating than the plot or characters. A lightly entertaining story line with a highly stylized look.-Linda Frederiksen, Washington State Univ. Vancouver Lib. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.