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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Breathless, Parts One - Three

Airs Sundays, Aug. 31, 2014 at 9 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. & Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Zoe Boyle as Jean Meecher, Oliver Chris as Dr. Richard Truscott, Sarah Parish as Margaret Dalton, Natasha Little as Elizabeth Powell, Jack Davenport as Dr. Otto Powell, Catherine Steadman as Angela Wilson, Iain Glen as Chief Inspector Mulligan, Shaun Dingwall as Dr. Charlie Enderbury, and Ronny Jhutti as Dr. Mehta.

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Natasha Little as Elizabeth Powell, Jack Davenport as Dr. Otto Powell, Zoe Boyle as Jean Meecher, Oliver Chris as Dr. Richard Truscott, and Sarah Parish as Margaret.

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Jack Davenport as Otto.

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Shaun Dingwall as Dr. Charlie Enderbury, Jack Davenport as Dr. Otto Powell and Oliver Chris as Dr. Richard Truscott.

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Oliver Chris as Dr. Richard Truscott, Zoe Boyle as Jean Meecher, Natasha Little as Elizabeth Powell and Jack Davenport as Dr. Otto Powell.

Jack Davenport ("Pirates of the Caribbean," SMASH) stars as a brilliant London surgeon in 1961, when doctors were treated like gods and acted the part. Also starring in this stylish story of a dark secret amid the complexities of the sexual revolution are Zoe Boyle (DOWNTON ABBEY), Catherine Steadman (“Mansfield Park”), Iain Glen (DOWNTON ABBEY), Natasha Little (CASE HISTORIES), Oliver Chris (“Sharpe’s Challenge”), Joanna Page ("Love Actually") and Shaun Dingwall (TOUCHING EVIL).

Part One premieres August 31 at 9 p.m. - Otto, a surgeon married to Elizabeth, has eyes for new nurse Angela. Angela’s sister, Jean, is engaged to Otto’s colleague Richard. Inspector Mulligan snoops around. Jean and Richard’s marriage gets off to a rocky start. Otto makes a breakthrough with Angela. Mulligan gives Elizabeth a menacing message.

Part Two premieres August 31 at 10:30 p.m. - A procedure goes wrong for Otto, Charlie and Jean. Richard meets an old friend. Elizabeth and Mulligan meet for a showdown. Angela and Otto have an out-of-town trip with a chaperone. Charlie has a close call. A forgotten incident keeps rearing its menacing head.

Part Three premieres September 7 at 9 p.m. - Otto and Elizabeth’s strange marriage becomes plain. Jean forms an unlikely bond with Margaret. Mulligan breaks down. A climactic series of events is kicked off by a swimsuit contest. The intertwined fates of doctors, nurses, spouses and a police inspector converge.

BREATHLESS is a Co-Production of ITV Studios and MASTERPIECE. The Co-creators are Paul Unwin and Peter Grimsdale. The Executive Producers are Kate Bartlett and Paul Unwin. The Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE is Rebecca Eaton. The Producer is Jolyon Symonds. The writers are Paul Unwin (Parts One, Two and Three), Peter Grimsdale (Part One), and Simon Tyrrell (Part Three). The Directors are Paul Unwin (Part One), Marek Losey (Part Two), and Philippa Langdale (Part Three).

Past episodes of MASTERPIECE are available for online viewing. MASTERPIECE is on Facebook, and you can follow @masterpiecepbs on Twitter.

Breathless Preview

Breathless, starring Jack Davenport, premieres Sunday, August 24, 2014, 9pm ET on MASTERPIECE on PBS.

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BREATHLESS: A Scene From Episode 1