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Breathless: Season One (2013)

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In 1961 London, when abortion was illegal and the Pill a rare commodity, the brilliant, charismatic surgeon Otto Powell (Jack Davenport, Pirates of the Caribbean, Smash) presides over a busy hospital gynecology ward. With a passionate commitment to the women he treats, Powell provides safe and highly illegal abortions in private practice. But under the shiny veneer of pre-sexual revolution Britain, troubles don't afflict just the patients. Trapped in a loveless marriage, bound by a dangerous secret, Powell lacks the surgical control that he commands in the operating room when it comes to his passions and his staff. The heady threats of sex and ambition effect doctors and nurses alike in Breathless, where perfect lives are built on lies, and everything depends upon guilty secrets remaining buried. -- (C) PBS

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Critic Reviews for Breathless: Season One

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Think Mad Men in London with doctors.

August 21, 2014 | Full Review…

It's engaging enough, and the story lines... are diverting.

August 22, 2014 | Full Review…

Takes one hour of story and breaks it up into six episodes, dragging out secrets and indiscretions to a point where they cease to retain their intended meaning.

September 27, 2014 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Starting slowly, the series really gets going once some of the ties between the characters are revealed.

September 19, 2014 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Everything from the sets to the faces are overwhelmingly beautiful. It's the same kind of pomp and circumstance that makes Downton Abbey so much fun.

September 24, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

If Breathless isn't saying anything terribly new about the old days - Women had it tough! Secrets can ruin your life! - it is lyrical nonetheless, and some points do bear repeating.

September 9, 2014 | Full Review…

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