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Australia’s Network 10 has inked a joint primetime content initiative with now UK sister broadcaster Channel to fund a 4 x 60-minute mini-series, Breathless, which
will be produced by Fremantle.

Charlie Brooks Network10 Channel5 9Dec2019The new series tells the tale of a British woman and her husband 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.

The series will commence production early 2020, with the series’ creator, Jason Herbison, executive producing for Fremantle and Greg Barnett acting as commissioning editor for Channel 5. Breathless will be filmed in Melbourne, Australia, with funding assistance from Film Victoria, and directed by ADG Award recipient Scott Major (Neighbours, Playing For Keeps). It features UK soap EastEnder’s star Charlie Brooks and Australian actor Brett Tucker from US series The Americans, Station 19 and Mistresses, and best known locally for his lead roles in McLeod’s Daughters and Neighbours.

The commission builds on existing links between Network 10 and Channel 5 with Australia’s longest running and successful drama Neighbours, and follows the networks’ recent collaboration on the critically acclaimed Neighbours spin-off series, Neighbours: Erinsborough High, which premiered on their respective digital streaming services, 10 Play and My5. It also comes as the completion of the ViacomCBS merger brings the two free-to-air networks together under common ownership.

“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.”

Chris Oliver-Taylor, Fremantle CEO, Asia Pacific, added: “Fremantle Australia is thrilled to be producing Breathless for Channel 5 and Network 10. Jason Herbison has created a fantastic world of deceit, thrills, twists and turns that will keep the audiences in both the UK and Australia guessing. Jason, Jo Porter and I are delighted to be cementing the incredible long-standing relationship that Fremantle has had with ViacomCBS over many years by bringing this new exciting series to a truly global audience.”