You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

PBS Miniseries ‘Breathless’ Looks at Treatment of Women in the ’60s

Airs: PBS; Sundays through Sept. 7

Stars: Jack Davenport, Natasha Little, Shaun Dingwall, Catherine Steadman

About: It’s not too late to catch up with this luscious six-part “Masterpiece Theater” entry set among a group of doctors and nurses at a London hospital in 1961. Jack Davenport is a commanding presence as a brilliant-but-tortured nurse-chasing surgeon who performs abortions in secret at a time when birth-control pills were available to only married women — if their husbands gave consent. Creator Paul Unwin, a British drama vet, was inspired to use a medical setting to look at the shoddy treatment of women in Britain during this period.

Quote: “I became fascinated by those American dramas that are like novels,” Unwin says, “where every episode, you get enough of the story, but you don’t get the whole thing. ‘Breathless’ (also) was born out of an interest in trying to write stories about women.”

More TV

  • SONOS PATRICK SPENCE

    How Smart-Speaker Maker Sonos Plans to Take on Apple, Google and Amazon

    Airs: PBS; Sundays through Sept. 7 Stars: Jack Davenport, Natasha Little, Shaun Dingwall, Catherine Steadman About: It’s not too late to catch up with this luscious six-part “Masterpiece Theater” entry set among a group of doctors and nurses at a London hospital in 1961. Jack Davenport is a commanding presence as a brilliant-but-tortured nurse-chasing surgeon […]

  • ABC News Paul Manafort

    ABC News Apologizes for Incorrect Paul Manafort Graphic

    Airs: PBS; Sundays through Sept. 7 Stars: Jack Davenport, Natasha Little, Shaun Dingwall, Catherine Steadman About: It’s not too late to catch up with this luscious six-part “Masterpiece Theater” entry set among a group of doctors and nurses at a London hospital in 1961. Jack Davenport is a commanding presence as a brilliant-but-tortured nurse-chasing surgeon […]

  • AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- "Auditions 1"

    TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Tops Tuesday

    Airs: PBS; Sundays through Sept. 7 Stars: Jack Davenport, Natasha Little, Shaun Dingwall, Catherine Steadman About: It’s not too late to catch up with this luscious six-part “Masterpiece Theater” entry set among a group of doctors and nurses at a London hospital in 1961. Jack Davenport is a commanding presence as a brilliant-but-tortured nurse-chasing surgeon […]

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

    'Game of Thrones' Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Series Finale, Controversial Storylines

    Airs: PBS; Sundays through Sept. 7 Stars: Jack Davenport, Natasha Little, Shaun Dingwall, Catherine Steadman About: It’s not too late to catch up with this luscious six-part “Masterpiece Theater” entry set among a group of doctors and nurses at a London hospital in 1961. Jack Davenport is a commanding presence as a brilliant-but-tortured nurse-chasing surgeon […]

  • Rachel Maddow

    Rachel Maddow Breaks Down on Air Reading Report of 'Tender Age' Shelters for Immigrant Children

    Airs: PBS; Sundays through Sept. 7 Stars: Jack Davenport, Natasha Little, Shaun Dingwall, Catherine Steadman About: It’s not too late to catch up with this luscious six-part “Masterpiece Theater” entry set among a group of doctors and nurses at a London hospital in 1961. Jack Davenport is a commanding presence as a brilliant-but-tortured nurse-chasing surgeon […]

  • MGM Acquires 'Live P.D.' Producer Big

    MGM Acquires 'Live PD' Producer Big Fish Entertainment

    Airs: PBS; Sundays through Sept. 7 Stars: Jack Davenport, Natasha Little, Shaun Dingwall, Catherine Steadman About: It’s not too late to catch up with this luscious six-part “Masterpiece Theater” entry set among a group of doctors and nurses at a London hospital in 1961. Jack Davenport is a commanding presence as a brilliant-but-tortured nurse-chasing surgeon […]

  • Anthony Bourdain

    The Best Docu-Series to Stream This Summer

    Airs: PBS; Sundays through Sept. 7 Stars: Jack Davenport, Natasha Little, Shaun Dingwall, Catherine Steadman About: It’s not too late to catch up with this luscious six-part “Masterpiece Theater” entry set among a group of doctors and nurses at a London hospital in 1961. Jack Davenport is a commanding presence as a brilliant-but-tortured nurse-chasing surgeon […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content