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Call the Midwife: Season 2 (2013)

Jessica Raine , Stephen McGann , Philippa Lowthorpe  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (641 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jessica Raine, Stephen McGann, Miranda Hart, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris
  • Directors: Philippa Lowthorpe
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013
  • Run Time: 355 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (641 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BIR2A3E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,093 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Call the Midwife: Season 2" on IMDb

Special Features

* Includes the 2012 Christmas Special * Interviews with cast and crew

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Product Description

Based on the bestselling memoirs by Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife follows Jenny Lee, a young midwife in 1950s London's working class East End, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. Season Two continues to follow Jenny and the other midwives as they deal with all the problems the neighborhood of Poplar has to throw at them. A fascinating portrayal of birth, life, death and a community on the brink of huge social change, Call the Midwife offers a gripping insight into a way of life that is so drastically different from how we live now.

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Enjoy the full-length 60 minute UK episodes, each 10 minutes longer than the versions broadcast on US TV.

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92 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A certifiable MUST VIEW of 1950s London slum March 10, 2013
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Hot new season 2.Young nurses assist older charitable nuns in East London poverty squalor. The birthing of a new generation. Action comes out of the Nonnatus House, but births take place in the dwellings of the pregnant women, or worse. Less than hospitable for a newborn, but whatever it takes, the nurses are up to the task.

Romance tickles the non-nun nurses adding a sub-plot, as do other medical conditions, and community situations. Episodes have multiple story threads at the same time, like contemporary novels. Viewers quickly learn personalities of regulars. Sometimes events are heartbreaking, sometimes heart warming. Sadness to LOL joy. Births and sometimes death. A lady's 1st child to 25th, literally. Triplets? Father's optional. Secrets and rampant gossip. It's all a part of the lives of these street nurses of the late 1950s. The settings are perfection, but not always idyllic. Many births are shown, with discrete use of camera angles. Delightful fifties Rock-n-roll music accompanies the episodes in all the right places. Beginning, ending, and other narration, given by the aged voice of the primary character, Jenny, is Vanessa Redgrave. The young girl, Jenny, is played by the lovely Jessica Raine, her first large role. Done well. She carries on through the first 2 seasons.

This show may give Downton Abbey a run for its historic sterling money. Ten cast members are in all (or just missing one) episodes of season 1 and 2. Season two is as good as one, always leaving viewers desiring more. There may never be an end to the series, as long as poor women continue to have babies. They call the midwife, and the midwife arrives, usually riding a bike.
Pam Ferris & Judi Parfitt (both of `Little Dorrit') are nuns.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Product of BBC April 14, 2013
This is one of the best of all BBC productions since I began watching Masterpiece Theater in the 1970s. Although I had zero previous interest in the work of midwives and what I had envisioned the birth process to be, observing the work of these skillful, brave ladies in the face of life and death decisions has been fascinating and uplifting. The acting and writing have been first rate. Also of interest is the depiction of the first decade of the National Health Service in the UK where many health care services were finally available to people of modest means and the poor. The selfless dedication of the men and women who made this new system work is finally being recognized. -- The main criticism I have is that the dvd for the USA won't be released until late June -- several months after it started airing on PBS.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine storytelling May 19, 2013
This true life story brings back so many memories that it wrings out my heart. I was a newly graduated registered nurse, working labor and delivery at my training hospital in the early 1960s. The parallels (Lutheran Deaconess Hospital and School of Nursing, in the USA, rather than nuns in Britain) are so similar that it reinforces my gratitude over being born when I was. Life was so much more real, back then. I'm not sorry for today's streamlined technology that helps to save lives, but I fear we have lost some of the personal-touch humanity revealed through this midwife's memoirs. I simply love this story, and would welcome more of it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
My wife and I became fans of this show by watching season 1 on DVD. Season 2 continues on with the heart rending stories about life in the poor side of London in the 1950's. This series is based on a book by Jennifer Worth about her real life experiences in east London after the war. The series is filled with drama, suspense with storylines that contain love and sadness mixed in together.

One of the unique parts of the show is the set of young midwife nurses living with nuns at the Nonnatus House. It is a clash of cultures and generation gaps that is comedic and entertaining. Season 2 starts off with a culture and age clash between Trixie Franklin and one of the older nuns. They are kept busy dealing with all of the children being born and in trying to provide the best conditions and health benefits that can be made available to the mothers and new born children.

I love the role of Nurse Jenny Lee played by Jessica Raine and of Chummy Browne played by Miranda Hart. The acting in the series is just outstanding and the storyline is rich with culture and history. The settings and background for the show are just perfectly done. We find it entertaining and enjoyable to watch. It is one of our favorite series to watch on TV.

Season 2 is every bit as good as Season 1 and the season kicks off with a distressing set of births in the first episode that set the stage for the rest of the season. I don't want to spoil it but be assured that if you liked Season 1 then this season will be just as enjoyable for you.

My wife and I rate it as 5 stars.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the return! March 26, 2013
I am so excited that CALL THE MIDWIFE has received a second series! My friends and I fell in love with the show from the very first episode. My only problem is that we also watch THE AMAZING race, and both shows air at the same time.
I also find it completely appropriate that CALL THE MIDWIFE will air the first episode of the new season on Easter Sunday. It is a show about birth, life, and death in Poplar, East London after all. I like to focus on the births in the show.
I'm not too worried if I miss series two because I can always catch it through our cable's on demad service. And it's already being released to DVD and blu-ray in mid June? Fantastic! I'll be pre-ordering it as soon as possible.
The Christmas episode literally broke my heart. At the same time, it's one of my favourites, so I'm no less than thrilled to see that it has been added as bonus material for series two.
My high regards for the cast, as well. Jessica Raine won me over from the get-go. These ladies are supurb in their craft. I look forward to seeing what they manage to bring to series two.
Fingers crossed and prayers breathed that there will indeed be a series three!
How sad I am to know that Miss Jenny Worth passed away only two weeks before the filming of series one began. I so wish I could have met her. At least the world was blessed for having her here. We can get to know her though her memoirs and the series. Thank God!
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