It looks as though Don Draper might have a doctor cousin across the pond.
In the first U.K. trailer for “Breathless,” coming to PBS’ “Masterpiece” in 2014, Jack Davenport (“Smash”) arrives as a brilliant surgeon in early ’60s London, caught up in a cauldron of lies and guilty secrets, driven by love, ambition and sex. Sound like someone we know?
“Television dramas that tell good stories about women’s lives in the 20th century are endlessly interesting to me … and apparently to lots of other people — look at the appeal of ‘Call the Midwife’ and ‘Mad Men,‘” “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton says. “We’re all fascinated by the enormous changes that happened just a short time ago. ‘Breathless’ is a sharp, visually rich portrait of a group of people on the cusp of change.”
Davenport is joined in the cast by “Downton Abbey” alumni Iain Glen (also of “Game of Thrones”) and Zoe Boyle, as well as Natasha Little (the U.K. “Mistresses”). Paul Unwin (“the U.K. “Shameless”) wrote “Breathless” and directed the first two episodes. The project is a co-production between “Masterpiece” and ITV Studios.
Take a look at the trailer above and let us know if you’re ready to get out of breath.