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Call the Midwife 6 Seasons 2012

Season 1
4.8 out of 5 stars (1,207) IMDb 8.4/10

Call the Midwife is based on the best selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth. Set in the 1950s, this six part series is a moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery and family life in London's East End. We are introduced to the local community through the eyes of young nurse Jenny Lee as she lives and works as a midwife alongside the Nuns of the Order of St. Raymond of Nonnatus.

Starring:
Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George

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1. Episode 1

In the spring of 1957 newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee arrives in the East End of London to begin her career. After overcoming the initial shock that her new home is a convent rather than a private hospital she quickly becomes immersed in her new life. Living with Nuns and working in a community of colorful characters is different from anything Jenny has encountered previously.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: January 15, 2012
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2. Episode 2

As Jenny Lee settles into her role, there is a new arrival at Nonnatus House, Chummy. A welcome pair of extra hands, Chummy sets about showing her worth, but an overwhelming keenness to please and her inability to ride a bike prove obstacles in gaining the respect of Sister Evangelina. Meanwhile a chance encounter with a young pregnant runaway forces Jenny to see an unfamiliar darker side of life.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: January 22, 2012
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3. Episode 3

Jenny is placed on the district nursing roster for a few weeks to extend her experience of community practice. At the antenatal clinic Trixie and Cynthia enroll a new patient. In her forties Winnie had thought her days of diapers and babies were long gone, and seems upset. By contrast her husband Ted is overjoyed by the news. However at the baby's birth everyone gets a bit of a surprise.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: January 29, 2012
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4. Episode 4

A baby girl is snatched from her carriage, causing great anguish to her family and uniting the local community as they search for the missing child. Meanwhile Cynthia witnesses another type of loss as she assists in the case of soon-to-be parents David and Margaret. Newly married and excited about their future, everything is put in jeopardy when Margaret develops eclampsia.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: February 5, 2012
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5. Episode 5

Jenny finds herself for once not involved in the beginning of life, but at its end. When Frank is diagnosed with cancer Jenny and the nuns are called upon to provide him with care. In doing so Jenny comes to know the siblings better, learning of their upbringing in a workhouse and the profound effect it has had on their relationship.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: February 12, 2012
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6. Episode 6

Sister Monica Joan is found wandering near the docks, and returned by the police. Her adventure takes its toll on her health and she succumbs to pneumonia. When she eventually recovers she sails forth back into the community only to find herself in trouble with the law when she is accused of theft. Chummy has further worries when her mother decides to make a trip to inspect her new "beau".

TV-PG CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: February 19, 2012
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An exclusive sneak peek of the captivating British drama Call the Midwife. Based on the best selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth and set in the 1950s, this six part season is a moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery and family life in London's East End.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 3 minutes Release date: September 24, 2012
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This miniseries from the venerable BBC is an absolute must see. Following young midwives working with nuns in the East End of London in the 1950s, it will have you laughing and crying all at once. Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, it has characters that will enter your heart and have you thinking of them for days.

The first episode was wonderful and the second even better. The talents of Jenny Agutter, the hilarious Miranda Hart, Pam Ferris and the newcomer with the face of an angel Jessica Raine are utilized to the utmost. It is quite unbelievable at times how far we have come in 55 years when you see the poverty, and yet it never seems to be a downer.

I can absolutely recommend purchasing the DVDs as this is one series you will watch again and again. The Beeb has commissioned a second season including a Christmas special (I love the Brits for this!) so hang onto your hats for more amazing stories next year!
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A surprise ratings smash in Britain, "Call The Midwife" makes its North American DVD/Blu-ray debut shortly after having aired on nationwide PBS stations. I'm pleased to report that "Call The Midwife" is a true rarity in television programming and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. Based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, the show examines the health and welfare conditions of East London in the fifties. As a young midwife (Jessica Raine) takes an assignment to work for the underprivileged, she is surprised to be stationed at a nunnery as opposed to a clinic or hospital. But she will soon find out that things are done a bit differently than she expected. In the wrong hands, "Call the Midwife" might have been turned into a show filled with a false syrupy sentimentality. But here, we find just the right balance. Nostalgia is tinged with reality. Hope is dampened with real world deprivation. The world depicted can be hard and unsavory and its inhabitants struggle for normalcy and survival. But don't get me wrong, that doesn't make "Call The Midwife" depressing or downbeat. It just makes it real and compelling and the show is also infused with humor throughout. It's a rare (and hard to achieve) combination of sweet and tough!

Both the DVD and Blu-ray release will contain the six episodes of Season One with a total running time just shy of six hours. The extras included are cast and crew interviews.

"Call The Midwife" is episodic by nature. Within each episode, the nurses will contend with various patients (both within the eight bed clinic and the community itself). The conditions are abhorrent and the poverty is apparent, but the young women are dedicated to their profession.
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If you like British period dramas here is a new one for you!
Set in the late 1950's in the lower middle class & impoverished areas of London's East End, this drama will bring out every possible human emotion.
Backed up by lush Perry Como ballads and joyous melodies, this series will make you merry, break your heart, & enliven your every sense!
Drama, science, romance, crime, technology - it has it all!
I put this just barely ABOVE Downton Abby.
One CAVEAT: Might not be a good choice for women who have not borne their children, yet.
Enjoy!
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This series is addictive. It is a series about a group of young women and their older female mentors who have found a true calling. They have endless doubts about their ability to complete the tasks but they still find the courage to do what needs to be done. Call the Midwife resonates with me for several reasons. My grandmother did similar public health nursing work in a rural area of Illinois just before WWI. She graduated from Nursing School in 1909 and was immediately sent out to do public health work in an under-served area. Her work involved being the primary health care for those residents, including delivering babies and setting broken bones. So, this series intrigued me when I first heard about it. I have watched all the episodes so far and it lives up to its promise. The situations are realistic about a time when England was just beginning to emerge from rationing and the National Health Service had begun to make a real difference in the lives of the poorest Britains. There is the sense that poverty in 1957 was the same today in many ways but there are also cultural differences. One thing I noticed was that most of the babies are born to married parents. The parents were mostly working poor. The men mostly had jobs and the women were stay-at-home wives and mothers even though the family struggled. Children played the same kinds of games that most children played except they played in the streets. The young nurses are true to their calling and to the time in which they lived. Women's Liberation was a long way off. Like my grandmother, young nurses (unmarried women) couldn't live on their own without chaperones. These nurses are essentially living in a convent.Read more ›
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Dang, I loved this show! Watched every episode and can't wait for the 2nd series to come out. I also read the book. The show really fleshed out the characters and made them come to life. The story lines are great, following the book closely. Usually books are better, but not this time! (Though the book was also a winner.) It's a pretty clean show, nothing gross or too revealing. I can't say enough about this show. Need more like this!
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