Breathless star Zoe Boyle has let slip that the ITV medical drama has been axed after just one series.

Co-starring Jack Davenport as a dashing doctor, the series was set in a London hospital in the 1960s, charting the working and personal lives of the doctors and nurses, channelling a Mad Men meets Call The Midwife vibe.

Zoe – who played nurse Jean Truscott – told the Radio Times: “No series two, unfortunately. It’s fine. It’s absolutely fine. It’s sometimes nice to just leave it as one little brief moment in time and not drag it out.

“I loved the part and I loved the script and the show as a whole.”

Breathless launched last autumn on Thursday evenings to viewing figures of 4.4 million. But by the end of the six-part series its audience had fallen to 2.1 million.