Breathless breathes its last: the ITV medical drama will not be back for a second series

The 60s-set drama starring Jack Davenport and Natasha Little has been cancelled, reveals their co-star Zoe Boyle


Breathless has heaved its last gasp. The 60s-set ITV medical drama will not be returning for a second series, its star Zoe Boyle tells


“No series two, unfortunately,” said Boyle, before going on to suggest that the show had run its course.

“It’s fine. It’s absolutely fine,” she said of the cancellation. “It’s sometimes nice to just leave it as one little brief moment in time and not drag it out.”

But the former Downton Abbey star said she would treasure her time as fiery nurse Jean on Breathless, calling it “an amazing experience”.

“I loved the part and I loved the script and I loved the show as a whole,” she said. “I thought it looked beautiful and I really enjoyed watching it. But more than that it was just a really fun experience because [the cast] all got on really well… and there were no dramas on set.”

Speaking at the annual Radio Times Covers Party, Boyle added that it had been a very pleasant surprise to see herself pictured with Breathless co-star Jack Davenport on the front of the magazine.

“[I was] thrilled, absolutely thrilled with it,” she said. “No-one told me that that’s what was happening so I just got a text from a friend of mine first thing in the morning saying ‘Er, is this you?’ And I was like ‘Um, yes it is!’ I had no idea that was happening!”

Boyle starred opposite Oliver Chris, who played her husband Dr Richard Truscott, in the series, as well as Davenport, Joanna Page, Sarah Parish and Iain Glen.

Breathless began in October 2013 with a consolidated audience of 4.4 million which dropped to 2.7 million by the end of its six-part run.

An ITV spokesperson confirmed Breathless would not be returning but had no comment on the reasons behind the decision.