Will ‘Breathtaking’ do for the NHS what ‘Mr Bates’ did for sub-postmasters?

Fresh from the success of Mr Bates vs the Post Office, ITV is about to screen another drama based on real-life political developments.

Breathtaking is based on the diary of Dr Rachel Clarke – @doctor_oxford on ‘X’ – and aims to show the facts about what was happening in the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic, contrasted with the Tory gaslighting of the public that was taking place at the same time.

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Peter Stefanovic has already seen it:

Here’s the trailer:

The BAFTA advance screening of the series was introduced by Michael Rosen, whose life was saved by NHS care after he contracted the virus – and it gave rise to an extraordinary coincidence:

Clearly, emotions are already running high around this new series.

As for Dr Clarke – her campaigning for an NHS that is able to do its job, free of the political interference that has restricted its abilities for more than a decade, continues. And she continues to inform us as the Tory government’s mismanagement steadily worsens the service we receive.

Here’s what she told us earlier this week:

Perhaps Breathtaking will remind us all of what we had to endure while the Tories were partying in Downing Street and giving away billions of pounds of public money to their friends for so-called “protective equipment” that simply wasn’t up to scratch.

In an election year, I’d say that makes it well worth watching.

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  1. Hecuba February 16, 2024 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Fascist tories will rush to get their propagandists writing on Twitter and other social media outlets condemning this series as ‘bigoted and not telling the facts!’ Can’t have us peasants learning the real facts as to how and why NHS doctors and nurses weren’t supplied with effective PPE!!

  2. Mr Keith A Roberts February 16, 2024 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Do remember that it is not only today’s saboteurs destroying the NHS, free at the point of delivery has been hated by Tory dogma since the NHS was born. The oil driven financial crises of the mid-1970s brought Maggie to power and she delivered the will of the people (even if they didn’t know it at the time) by undermining all of the fundamentals of the NHS (does ‘Internal Markets’ sound familiar?). You can argue about whether Blair was any use or not but in the last 14 years huge chunks of what the world saw as the jewel in Britain’s crown had been chipped away. Sunak isn’t the one to blame … they are all to blame. Tories are clueless.

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