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Call the Midwife 5 Seasons 2012

Season 0
4.9 out of 5 stars (153) IMDb 8.4/10

The midwives of London's Nonnatus House deliver more babies and drama during the festive period, in this Christmas special; based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth.

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Philippa Lowthorpe, Jamie Payne
Original air date:
December 30, 2012

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1. Christmas Special 2012

Christmas is coming and the midwives of Nonnatus House are busier than ever. When an abandoned baby is discovered on the steps of the convent, the whole community rallies around to try and trace the mother. Meanwhile, Jenny Lee finds herself drawn into the mystery surrounding elderly local woman Mrs. Jenkins and Chummy is determined to stage an unforgettable nativity play.

CC TV-PG December 30, 2012 1 hour, 17 minutes
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An exclusive sneak peek of the Christmas Special of this captivating British drama. Based on the best selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth and set in the 1950s, Call the Midwife is a moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery and family life in London's East End.

CC TV-PG December 19, 2012 4 minutes
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Genres Drama
Director Philippa Lowthorpe, Jamie Payne
Starring Philippa Lowthorpe, Jamie Payne
Supporting actors Pam Ferris, Miranda Hart, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Bryony Hannah, Laura Main, Cliff Parisi, Vanessa Redgrave
Season year 2012
Network BBC America
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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The words of the dialogue, the filming of deep human emotion, and the spiritual nuances make this movie like a prayer. The power, simplicity, and grace interwoven render one speechless. The interplay of scenes with a liturgical music background and spiritual presence between the core action scenes is stunning. Take yourself on a retreat by sitting to see this treasure.
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What is the "true meaning of Christmas"? That's a cliche -- and it's a story that's almost never told in a deep way in TV Christmas specials. The "true meaning" might be Linus reading from the book of Luke, or it might be Scrooge losing his mean and miserly attitude. All good stuff, but Call the Midwife shows, rather than tells, the true Christmas spirit being lived out, inside a community of faith and in the larger world.

It's an entertaining story, with funny elements -- a Christmas pageant disaster -- and metaphorical elements -- a baby born to a young woman in difficult circumstances. But I'll never forget this scene: a nun and a midwife tenderly bathing a filthy homeless woman, while a haunting rendition of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" plays on the soundtrack. Volumes and volumes of theological discourse on the true meaning of Christmas couldn't say as much as that moving and beautiful scene.

I plan to watch this one every year, right along with It's a Wonderful Life and The Peanuts Christmas special. It's that good.
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Jennifer's Worth's memoir of being a young midwife in the poverty stricken East End of London in the fifties, here turned into a series for the BBC is genuinely moving and inspiring and makes the viewer think about many things - what it means to be a good person, how best to help others, why we as humans visit so much devastation upon each other. The shadow of the Workhouse hangs over this Christmas special and that shadow is both edifying and terrifying.

Christmas has come to the nursing order where four young lay midwives work alongside the nuns for whom nursing service is a lifetime vocation. As we all know, for many, Christmas is a time of sadness for many people who have loss in their lives instead of reasons for gratitude and the Christmas special concentrates on two of these stories. First, a newborn baby has been abandoned on the steps of the nunnery and the police, the midwives and the neighborhood try to find the mother before she and her baby are lost to each other forever. Then there is Mrs. Jenkins, a destitute beggar woman whose travails in the last of England's workhouses, where she was placed after being widowed, robbed her of her children, her health and her sanity.

Mrs. Jenkins keeps track of all of the births in the neighborhood and all of the babies because she is looking for one of her own babies, her daughter Rosie, lost to her in the workhouse, fate unknown. Call the Midwife doesn't lecture, but I had to look up the history of the Workhouse and found that some form of Workhouse as punishment for the poor was extant in England from 1388 as a response to the depredations of the Black Death until 1948. Yes, you read that right, the Workhouse in England is still within living memory.
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What an inspiration to watch these moving stories of women teaching, helping and empowering other women in what only women do, bear children. These are memoirs of sacrifice and love and they humble me. I wish there wasn't such a delay in being able to see season two. Good to have something to look forward to, right?
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I was truly touched by the kind Christ-like examples of love for even "the least of these". This show is such a loving reminder of the love and compassion that we all ought to show more often, choosing to see beyond the outward.
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as a trained OB/GYN now involved in Health Development initiatives I find this entire series an incredible reflection of what the Church is supposed to be about on this earth. I don't see how anyone with an emotion in their body can't weep at the scene in this episode where Jenny and sister Evangelina are ministering to the needs of Mrs Jenkins in her "home." When "Oh come oh come Emmanuel" begins to play it is a near perfect reflection of the life and ministry of Jesus AND what He asks His Church to do now.
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I really love this show. I find the history of East End London at this time (post war '50s) rather fascinating. The plot lines are charming and it is extremely well acted. There is also an abundance of humor and lightheartedness alongside some more serious issues and social commentary. I imagine women would be more interested in this show than men, focussing on the lives of females during this period as it does and just by the general nature of the material.
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This mini series is so well done. Imagine watching those babies being born in post WW2 Inner city London flats. The Sisters and nurses are serious but very charming. I think about the characters all the time. I also love the music.
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