Set in a London hospital in 1961–when Britain was on the brink of cultural revolution, when abortion was illegal, and the contraceptive pill was relatively new–Breathless follows the lives of a group of doctors and nurses working in a busy OB/GYN unit, 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.

Otto Powell (Jack Davenport, Smash, Coupling) is a brilliant and charismatic surgeon, who passionately believes he can make a difference in women’s lives. His marriage to the elegant Elizabeth (Natasha Little, Any Human Heart) appears to be idyllic–but Otto and Elizabeth are hiding a devastating secret, an event in their past which could shatter the careful illusion they have created.


“Breathless” scratches that “Mad Men” itch that I’ve been having since Bert Cooper shuffled off this mortal coil. That being said, I’ve yet to see this show find its legs at any point in the first season. Otto Powell is our British medical stand-in for Don Draper and he has the same baggage. But, Otto gets to share his baggage right away. There’s something depowering about that whole angle when too many people are in on the secret identity.

Jack Davenport is a hell of a lead. Unfortunately, the delay of time has lead American audiences to find out that ITV killed the show after six episodes. Going into this first series with that knowledge almost kicks the air out of the tires. You know that so much is never going to be followed up, so why invest in the Powells? Why shouldn’t I just find a copy of “Scandal” and get all Profumo with it?

The Blu-Ray comes with no special features. But, you’re almost getting 5 hours of HD content across two discs. The A/V Quality is sharp with a stunning 1080p transfer. Plus, the DTS-HD 2.0 stereo track kicks in where needed. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 08/26/2014

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