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Uneven acting and sometimes the story is ridiculous. However, there are moments of outstanding performances.
A soap opera, not story-telling. Boring privileged doctors whose moments of humanity are mostly overshadowed by their arrogance. This is set in 1961, so the women are either saintly nurses/wives or tragic figures, with only a couple stories offering a nuanced future.
It was interesting to see how the sixties era was recreated but it was kind of silly to see how all those heavy smokers had modern shining white sets of teeth, so the realism fell off there. In the video seen earlier from the library of the tv music show of the sixties a lot of rough teeth can be seen.
Rated 5/10. I have mixed feelings about these average set of episodes. None of the characters I cared about.
This was intended as an ongoing series, but was not renewed for a second one.
I liked the program. It is a little slow, but tasteful, unlike a lot of the other programs on local TV or cable. Looking forward to the next season, hope it is much better and longer.
Set in British hospital system of the early '60's when doctors were considered untouchable, infallible gods, when women were mere objects of sex..'.What tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive' W. Scott. Well done as the era with dress, manners, restrictive societal rules. At some future date this could be labeled 'a period costume drama'. The mystery of it is fairly good & plausible. PBS series I'd gladly view again.
It's a "soapy" medical drama on the lives of a surgical team members and their families in the New London Hospital during the early 1960's; and overshadowing everything, there was a breathtaking decade old secret that was unraveling fast.
This is a self-contained mini-series (there are not several seasons-just these 5 or 6 hours). It's okay. You can figure out the "mystery" by about 1/2 way through. But it's very British: the mystery is solved and everyone goes back to their miserable lives.
Being a woman back then wasn't easy, there were a lot of hush-hush and taboos. I found the series quite engaging and interesting. Very 60ish style-wise.
Breathless has perfectly captured the essence of the era (1961) including the casual sexism. It deals with subjects usually taboo on television: birth control, abortion, menopause, and the pharmaceutical solutions as a doctor's first choice of treatment. The only comparison to Mad Men is that it is set in the 60's. It's script, themes, and entire focus is nothing at all like the American series satirizing big business. It's jarring to see the extremely limited options and moral choices available then, especially for women. I liked this mini-series and would like to see more, but it's not for everyone. I found it a refreshing change from the period dramas which have flooded Masterpiece Theatre over the years
Breathless is the UK version of Mad Men. Just Google it! Even the opening music sounds very similar. This series is about nurses and doctors rather than an ad agency. More women and fewer male leads make it more soap opera-ish. Mad Men showcased a lot of smoking and drinking. Breathless showcases affairs and illegal abortions. If you miss Mad Men this may fill the gap but it's angled more for female viewers and not as big on style.