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Jenny is hardy judgmental, but the depth of poverty permeating London's East End provides a wake-up call (suffice to say, gynecological care has come a long way since the 1950s). To be effective, though, she must learn to put her preconceptions aside about teenage prostitutes, unwed mothers, squalid living conditions, and inappropriate relationships. Her upper-class colleague, Camilla "Chummy" Cholomondley-Browne (Miranda Hart, quite affecting), seems like she'd be even deeper out of her depth, but looks can be deceiving--even if Chummy finds it harder to handle the bikes the nurses use to cycle between appointments. Written by Cranford's Heidi Thomas and narrated by Vanessa Redgrave, the show has proven to be as much of a favorite among PBS viewers as ITV's Downton Abbey, to which it's garnered a few comparisons, possibly due to the period setting, even if there's a greater emphasis on women's issues. If anything, the postwar milieu brings the films of Terence Davies and Mike Leigh to mind, particularly Leigh's Vera Drake, in which Imelda Staunton provided off-the-books care to desperate mothers. Though Worth was involved with the spectacularly successful first season, she passed away two weeks before filming began. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
I highly recommend this series. I very seldom cry tears of joy, tears from comedy, or tears from sadness while watching movies or TV shows. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Della
Please see my more extensive comments for season three. This is a serial, so it only makes sense if you start at the beginning and watch through in order. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Dr. Doom
Wow -- how did we miss the first seasons, so I just ordered Season Two - and set up One Pass on TiVo for Season 4...
(and yes I'll be getting Season 3).
In spite of the depressing aspects of this show ... poverty, prostitution, women having many children because they have no choice ... this is an uplifting show. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Betsy Hargus
What a story! Don't miss this excellent series--perfectly performed. I couldn't stop watching. Each character is genuine, and each situation is meaningful.Published 25 days ago by S. Ball