Channel 5 and Australian broadcaster Network 10 – both of whom are now sister networks following the ViacomCBS merger – have teamed up for Breathless, a new four-part miniseries starring Charlie Brooks (EastEnders) and Brett Tucker (Station 19).
Breathless tells the story of a British woman and her husband, who are seeking a fresh start in Australia after infidelity rocks their marriage. That’s the plan until they hire a young local nanny who isn’t as innocent as she appears and there are deadly consequences.
Jason Herbison created the miniseries, which is being produced for Channel 5 and Network 10 by Fremantle. Herbison will executive produce for Fremantle, while Scott Major is attache to direct. Greg Barnett is the Commissioning Editor for Channel 5. Filming will get underway in Melbourne, Australia in early 2020, with funding assistance from Film Victoria. The two broadcasters said that further casting would be announced at a later date.
Breathless builds on the existing links between the two broadcasters. Channel 5 is the UK broadcaster for Network 10’s Neighbours and they recently collaborated together on spin-off Erinsborough High. “Having worked with Channel 5 on a number of projects previously, we’re really excited to be working with them once again to bring this captivating new drama to Australian audiences, this time as a sister company”, said Network 10’s Chief Content Officer Beverley McGarvey. “It’s a great example of the opportunities the ViacomCBS merger can bring to markets around the world.”
While Ben Frow, Director of Programmes for ViacomCBS’s UK networks, added: commented: “First and foremost, Breathless promises to be a really compelling addition to our expanding line-up of quality drama that is proving popular with British audiences across both our TV networks and streaming services. At the same time, it’s a great way of extending our partnership with Network 10 – with a shared language and such strong cultural connections between the UK and Australia, there is obvious potential to explore further opportunities for content sharing now Channel 5 and Network 10 are part of the same family.”