Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife

If you have the opportunity to see the BBC series, “Call the Midwife,” I highly recommend it.  No fear – this is no graphic or gratuitous reality show.  Instead, it’s an engaging drama based on the memoirs of nurse midwife Jennifer Worth, and set in the poverty-stricken neighborhoods of East London in the 1950’s.  The series follows the stories of young midwives fresh out of nursing school living with the Sisters of the Nonnatus House convent and serving the families in this working-class community.  “Call the Midwife” shows us a rough area of post-war London through the eyes of Jenny, who has never dealt with poverty or hardship.  As difficult as it may be, she and the other young midwives put judgment aside and learn to serve the women and their families with skill, compassion and the help of the experienced nuns.

The writing is superb, the casting perfect, and the stories draw me right in.  All of the main characters are wonderfully brought to life, but my favorite has to be the blunt Sister Evangelina, played by Pam Ferris.  I’ve only watched 3 episodes so far, but find myself laughing and tearing up regularly at the touching portrayal of birth, death and everything in between.

Jenny and the Sisters


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Els
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 03:59:01

    Hi there
    Just checked the internet and went through some trailers.
    Very nice, but not on Dutch TV so I have to go through the
    BBC programm and check if it is still on.
    Otherwise order the serie through : BOL.COM.

    Thanks for sharing.
    You keep me busy this way ( hahaha)

    Till later.
    Love Els


    • puravida
      Apr 06, 2013 @ 07:52:17

      Els, you would like this! We just bought the blu-ray.


      • Els
        Apr 06, 2013 @ 09:13:00

        I do recognize one of the actors.
        She has her own commedy show or rather had.
        I have not yet been into it today.
        The weather was nice( for a change) so we were in the garden.
        Talk to you soon


  2. Thomas Cotterill
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 18:01:56

    I fondly remember Pam Ferris from the old Darling Buds of May series, and more recently, as one of the gardening sleuths in Rosemary and Thyme.


    • puravida
      Apr 07, 2013 @ 18:30:13

      Thanks for the suggestions, Thomas. I have heard of Darling Buds of May but not about Rosemary and Thyme. I’ll definitely search for them both. Pam Ferris is a gifted actress and comedienne. I loved her as the evil headmistress Miss Trunchbull in Matilda (movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story) – no one could have done it better!


  3. Layle
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 16:05:28

    I got some TV watching to do!


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