Call the Midwife: Season 2
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In the 1950s in the East End of London, a group of dedicated nurses and Anglican nuns at Nonnatus House strive to help poor working-class women as they bring new lives into the world. Season 2 of Call the Midwife follows their stories as they continue to face daily challenges and unexpected traumas. From heartwarming to heartbreaking, this award-winning series has captivated both BBC and PBS Masterpiece audiences.
Nonnatus House was named after St. Raymond Nonnatus, the patron saint of pregnant women and childbirth.
The series author pegged Miranda Hart for the role of Chummy Brown long before the show was even filmed because she so closely resembled the character described in the memoirs.
Pam Ferris, who plays Sister Evangelina, played the role of a midwife in another film, Children of Men.
Absorbing Historical Drama
- Based on the bestselling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, the real Jenny Lee
- Full-length, 60-minute UK episodes are 10 minutes longer than those shown in the U.S.
- Includes the 2012 Christmas special, plus interviews with cast and crew
- Available as a 3-disc DVD or 2-disc Blu-ray set
Meet the Cast
Nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine)
At just 22, Jenny was totally unprepared for what she would encounter as a midwife, but she comes to understand and care for her patients.
Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter)
The most experienced midwife, Sister Julienne is the person who holds Nonnatus House and its residents together.
Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt)
Sister Monica Joan was one of the first British women to become a midwife. Now retired, she contines to reside at Nonnatus House.
Dr. Turner (Stephen McGann)
The community’s local doctor, Turner assists the staff at Nonnatus House in providing the best care for their expectant patients.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a great series! Each show is well written and fun to watch. Clearly the writers researched the late 1950's East London well....spot on!Published 1 day ago by David P.
Shows that are about real life are just the best, and since this is based on real memoirs that's what you get. LOVE IT !!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
An incredibly well done series done on real English midwife's memoirs.Published 11 days ago by Louisiana Love
I love this series. They have done a wonderful job of bringing that time to life in this production.Published 29 days ago by LouAnn Davis