Call the Midwife 4 Seasons 2013

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Season 2
(592) IMDb 8.4/10
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1. Episode 1 TV-PG CC

It's 1958 and the day after enjoying a night out at the movies to celebrate her birthday, Nurse Jenny Lee is assigned a patient who is trapped in an abusive marriage. Meanwhile, Trixie and Sister Evangelina deal with a captain's daughter who is about to have her first baby aboard a Swedish cargo ship.

Runtime:
52 minutes
Original air date:
April 1, 2013

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Season 2
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    1. Episode 1 It's 1958 and the day after enjoying a night out at the movies to celebrate her birthday, Nurse Jenny Lee is assigned a patient who is trapped in an abusive marriage. Meanwhile, Trixie and Sister Evangelina deal with a captain's daughter who is about to have her first baby aboard a Swedish cargo ship.

    TV-PG 52min April 1, 2013
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    2. Episode 2 Cynthia comes under intense scrutiny from the police, and the pregnant women of Poplar, when the Kelly family's newborn son dies tragically in unexplained circumstances. Now fully ensconced in married life, Chummy's decision to pursue her dream brings about a different sort of pressure. Meanwhile, a chance encounter returns Jimmy to Jenny's life with surprising results.

    TV-PG 52min April 8, 2013
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    3. Episode 3 Jenny is seconded to a short staffed London Hospital and finds herself working under an intimidating surgeon, Mr. Tracey. Back in Poplar the midwives have a new addition to the household, Jane, who lends a hand in Jenny's absence. The nuns and midwives are introduced to a forthright pair of twins Meg and Mave Carter. The two women are identical in every way; except one of them is now pregnant.

    TV-PG 53min April 15, 2013
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    4. Episode 4 Jenny and Sister Evangelina assist at the birth of the Roberts' baby, who is born with spina bifida. The parents, Doug and Ruby, struggle to understand and accept their son's life limiting condition. Nonnatus House meanwhile plays host to an acquaintance of Chummy's - the Reverend Applebee Thornton, an eccentric cleric who befriends Jane.

    TV-PG 52min April 22, 2013
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    5. Episode 5 The whole Poplar community pull together to prepare for the annual Summer Fete. This year with the introduction of a Baby Show the Nonnatus House midwives will be more involved than ever. For others though, life is a little less festive. At the ante-natal clinic Jenny meets Nora Harding a mother of eight, who is distraught that she may soon have another mouth to feed.

    TV-PG 52min April 29, 2013
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    6. Episode 6 Dr Turner is determined that the community will no longer live under the threat of TB, with the advent of the mass-Xray program to diagnose the disease early. While the nuns and nurses support the doctor in his campaign to bring proper screening facilities to the area, Jenny's district nursing rounds lead her to a family who have suffered devastating misfortune from the disease.

    TV-PG 52min May 6, 2013
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    7. Episode 7 Cynthia's district nursing rounds find her administering daily insulin injections to diabetic John Lacey, a man who consistently belittles his wife Annie. Jenny's work leads her to witness persecution, when she looks after mother-to-be Monique, who is subjected to racial prejudice from her neighbors. Nonnatus House takes ownership of a scooter to help with their rounds.

    TV-PG 52min May 13, 2013
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    8. Episode 8 Chummy and PC Noakes meet with new challenges as they settle back down to life in Poplar. Jenny's own jubilation comes in the form of potential love interest Alec, a friend and colleague of Jimmy's. However, in the outside world of Poplar, the winds of change are blowing with old buildings being demolished to make new way for new apartments, and the convent might just be one of them.

    TV-PG 52min May 20, 2013

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Philippa Lowthorpe
Supporting actors Jenny Agutter, Helen George, Laura Main, Pam Ferris, Bryony Hannah, Judy Parfitt, Miranda Hart, Ben Caplan, Cliff Parisi, Stephen McGann, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Scarlett Archer, Alexander Cobb, Thomas Aldridge, Tilly Vosburgh, Christopher Dane, Andy McSorley, Zandra Andersson
Season year 2013
Network BBC America
Executive Producer Tara B. Cook
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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89 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on 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 By James B. Casey on April 14, 2013
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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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By The Prairie Nightingale on May 19, 2013
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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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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By luckystar2 on March 26, 2013
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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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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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