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4 items from 2014


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

28 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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.”

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- Variety Staff

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TV Review: ‘Breathless’

21 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Doctors and nurses have been engaged in soapy doings since broadcasting’s infancy, but seldom in a package quite as tantalizing as “Breathless.” Set in the early ‘60s, this three-part “Masterpiece” production obviously shares certain qualities with “Mad Men,” but quickly establishes its own spin on the era replete with a web of interlocking relationships. Built around a dashing gynecologist who performs illegal abortions, the project feels timely and provocative, but can just as easily be savored strictly for its “Peyton Place”-like attributes. For those needing a fix of sumptuous British period drama until “Downton Abbey” docks, “Breathless” is a breath of fresh air.

The producers won half the battle by casting Jack Davenport (closer to “Swingtown,” happily, than his “Smash” ordeal) as Dr. Otto Powell, who appears to saunter through life with nary a care despite breaking the law to assist women with terminating unwanted pregnancies. Assured and self-confident, »

- Brian Lowry

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Damian Lewis to play Henry VIII in BBC Two's Wolf Hall

8 May 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Damian Lewis has signed up to play Henry VIII in BBC Two's upcoming drama Wolf Hall.

Mark Rylance will also star as Thomas Cromwell in an adaptation combining Hilary Mantel's novel of the same name and sequel Bring Up the Bodies, to be broadcast in 2015.

Peter Kosminsky (The Government Inspector) will direct the drama, which follows the rise of Cromwell from being a blacksmith's son to Henry VIII's closest advisor.

Claire Foy (The Promise) will star as Anne Boleyn in the six-part series, written by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

Jonathan Pryce will appear as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, while Joanne Whalley will play Henry's first wife Catherine of Aragon.

Mark Gatiss will star as Secretary Stephen Gardiner, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones) has been cast as Cromwell's ward Rafe Sadler.

The cast is completed by Anton Lesser (Endeavour) as Thomas More, Mathieu Amalric (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Ambassador of Spain Chapuys, »

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Official: Damian Lewis To Play Henry VIII In BBC/Masterpiece’s ‘Wolf Hall’; More Cast

8 May 2014 7:40 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Masterpiece has just confirmed that erstwhile Homeland star Damian Lewis will play Henry VIII opposite Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in upcoming miniseries Wolf Hall. The adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize winning historical fiction novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies is a Company Pictures and Playground co-production for BBC Two and Masterpiece. Peter Kosminsky (White Oleander) is directing the six-part drama from a script by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). The story charts Cromwell’s meteoric rise from lowly blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest advisor. Deadline reported in January that Lewis was in talks to play the Tudor King. The confirmed roster of actors now includes Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn; Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey; Joanne Whalley as Katherine of Aragon; Sherlock‘s Mark Gatiss as Stephen Gardiner, Secretary to the King; Anton Lesser as Thomas More; Mathieu Amalric as »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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