ITV orders period drama

Has UK broadcaster ITV called the midwife?

ITV

ITV

The network has ordered a new six-part medical drama called Breathless from its in-house production company, ITV Studios.

And echoing the BBC’s popular drama Call the Midwife, it is about the lives of doctors and nurses working in the gynaecology unit of a busy London hospital.

Both are also period dramas, though Call the Midwife is set in the 1950s while Breathless will be set in 1961.

The new ITV series is co-created and written by Paul Unwin, who will also direct the first two episodes. Also part of the writing team are co-creator Peter Grimsdale and Simon Tyrrell.

Breathless, starring Jack Davenport, is produced by Jolyon Symonds, with ITV Studios’ Kate Bartlett executive producing with Unwin. It will be sold internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Production is due to begin in April.

Meanwhile, Call the Midwife, about the midwives of a nursing convent in East London, was recently renewed by the BBC for a third season in 2014.

Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife

Source: ITV