New STV drama set to reveal 'truth' of Covid in NHS hospitals

Breathtaking, starring Joanne Froggatt, will reveal the 'truth' as to what it was like to work hospitals during the pandemic.

New STV drama Breathtaking set to reveal ‘truth’ of Covid in NHS hospitals ITV

A new STV drama is set to reveal the “truth” as to what it was really like working in NHS hospitals during the pandemic.

Breathtaking, starring Joanne Froggatt, follows frontline consultant Abbey Henderson as she witnesses the virus take hold within her hospital.

The drama is based on writer Rachel Clarke’s own experiences as a doctor working on the NHS frontline throughout the pandemic.

“There is so much misinformation and rewriting of history around what really happened inside our hospitals during the pandemic,” she said.

“The truth is, NHS staff gave everything they had in impossible conditions that sometimes cost them their lives.

“It is an honour to try and depict the courage and decency of my NHS colleagues on screen, and I’m so grateful to ITV and HTM Television for giving me the chance to show the public the truth.”

Filming of the three-part series was completed in Northern Ireland earlier this year.

Joanne Froggatt said: “I feel truly honoured to be playing Dr Abbey Henderson in Breathtaking, based on Dr Rachel Clarke’s beautifully written, poignant and shocking book of the same name. When I first read the incredible scripts they moved me to tears on many occasions.

“I felt so passionately that I had to be a part of telling this story, the real story, of what was really happening behind the closed doors of the hospitals during the pandemic.”

“Our NHS staff are nothing less than absolute heroes in my eyes, and I hope telling this story goes a little way towards us understanding their truth, their lived experience and honouring their unbelievable commitment and sacrifice on behalf of us all.”

Breathtaking is scheduled to launch on STV and STV Player on November 13.

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