ITV to launch Call The Midwife rival – Daily TV round-up

Jack Davenport to star in Breathless.

ITV is to launch a rival to the BBC's hugely successful

'Call The Midwife.

'Breathless' is a period drama set in a London hospital

in the 1960s, focussing on the trials and tribulations of a busy gynaecology


The six-part series will star Jack Davenport, and has

been penned by Paul Unwin, who has written for 'Casualty' and 'Holby Blue'.

Jack Davenport... star of new ITV series (Credit: Wenn)
According to ITV, it will follow 'the lives of a group of

doctors and nurses working in a London hospital, a world in which everything

and everyone has their place. But underneath this veneer simmers a cauldron of

lies, deceptions and guilty secrets, driven by love, ambition and sex'.

“The series opens in 1961, a time when Britain was on the

brink of the ‘60s revolution – abortion is illegal and the contraceptive pill

is only just available to married women,” reads the series synopsis.

“Set in and around a busy gynaecology unit, medicine

becomes the perfect stage to play out the shifting and complex moral codes of

early 1960s society.”

'Coupling's Davenport plays surgeon Otto Powell, who, in

his quest to help women in trouble, risks his career and a prison sentence

under the anti-abortion laws.

It starts filming in London in April. [Metro]

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show. “I do keep asking him [to write a new episode],” he said. “The offer is

continually made and I'm getting nowhere!” [Digital Spy]