Call the Midwife: Season 3
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Your favorite midwives return for a new season of BBC's immensely absorbing and popular drama, set in poverty-ridden East London in the late 1950s. With Nonnatus House scheduled for demolition, Jenny (Jessica Raine), Chummy (Miranda Hart) and Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) search for a new location nearby, while Jenny's relationship with Alec continues to blossom. But an outbreak of polio affects the nurses and nuns more than they could have imagined. Hop on a bicycle and share sadness and joy, tears and humor, struggle and survival in this award-winning drama, based on the best-selling memoirs of former nurse Jennifer Worth. Features the hour-long episodes as they originally aired in the UK and includes the 75-minute 2013 Christmas Special.
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That said this is an awesome series that so far lives up to the last two. Great characters; great faith based values; definitely girl power but it is set in 1957-59 so it can only go so far.
In episode 1 Chummy, a most inept homemaker, happily returns to midwifery, and Sister Monica Joan diagnoses the mysterious illness of two non thriving children by recalling a passage in one of her arcane books.
Episode 2 Jenny deals with a pregnancy that is the result of an infidelity and Cynthia introduces relaxation techniques which she believes will ease the pain of childbirth.
Episode 3 The wise and lovely Sister Julienne goes out of her way to help a young mother, who imprisoned for petty theft, fears that her baby will be taken away from her. This episode made me bawl from beginning to end.
Very touching and the harshness of the poverty depicted makes up for a script that occasionally veers into sentimentality.
I can hardly wait for the rest.
First of all, the characters -- ALL of them -- are so believable, it's easy to get lost in the believability of each story, each episode. Secondly, the midwifery scenes are so believable, you wonder how they produced these shows without seeing actual hospital deliveries.
What I most like about each individual episode is that there's always a combination of serious drama, moving emotionality and great humor that brings real smiles. I laugh and cry each time I watch these episodes. And I never tire of watching them over and over!
The entire Series is a true treat!