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Call the Midwife - Series 2 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt
  • Directors: Philippa Lowthorpe, Roger Goldby, China Moo-Young
  • Writers: Heidi Thomas
  • Producers: Hugh Warren
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 1 April 2013
  • Run Time: 470 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008UVBZYQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,835 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"As touching, funny and life-affi rming as ever"--The Sun

"…knockout success..."--Daily Mail Weekend

Back to 1950s East End London for more touching and compelling stories from the nurses and nuns of Nonnatus House. It’s 1958 and the hard-working midwives of Nonnatus House continue to serve the crowded tenements and slums of Poplar. As they struggle with the challenges of poverty, domestic abuse and the spectre of TB, the midwives also face crises of their own. A chance encounter reunites Jenny with Jimmy; Chummy and P.C. Noakes face a dilemma over their imminent future; a tragic birth puts Cynthia in the spotlight and Trixie enjoys an all-too-tantalising taste of celebrity lifestyle.

Back at Nonnatus House, Sister Julienne struggles to keep the beleaguered convent on an even keel as dementia-stricken Sister Monica Joan finds comfort in the friendship of new orderly, Jane; Sister Bernadette experiences a spiritual crisis and Sister Evangelina puts her foot down regarding pain relief.

Includes behind the scenes feature with cast and crew interviews.

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I trained as a Midwife in 1965 and this is almost an exact account of the life we led whilst training in the slums of Liverpool England. We didn't train in a convent Hospital but the day to day encounters were spot on. The camaraderie and the lasting lessons learnt through caring for people living in the slums, where something that has remained with me throughout my life. So much tragedy and so much joy in such desperate circumstances. We had so much fun!!! This has brought it all back to me in graphic detail.
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The second series is at least as good as the first one. It's heartwarming and sad at the same time. Call the Midwife proves that one doesn't need gilded picture frames and big estates to make very good television.Tickety-boo and tippity-top.
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Just finished watching series 2 of Call the Midwife on Amazon Prime .... Social standards of the East End are starting to improve very slowly for the Midwives and Sisters of Nonnatus House ... TB is strife and the introduction of screening is brought in, the reality of having to pay for the contraceptive pill .... New relationships blossom .... Miranda Hart returns with her own good news from Africa. The conditions of social housing is still an issue but slowly improving for some residents ... I love the daily lives of the midwives and their interactions with the sisters as a whole....the East End was a community that supported each other, there is the discrimination of children been born with disabilities, unmarried mothers...yet with the help of the midwives and the sisters, families learn to overcome this.
I was not born in the 1950s but ten years later, yet I love the music within this series and the trials and tribulations of the midwives.
Overall this is an excellent series, there is no repetition within the episodes, each story is different and this is what I personally liked.
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By Jane V. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2013
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Happily, I enjoyed series 2 as much as the first series! My mother worked as a district midwife in 1950's East London and it certainly brought to life all the stories I grew up with.

It's a wonderful show, striking a great balance between the hardships of life in 1950's East End London and the triumphs of the human spirit. It truly puts things into perspective when confronted with the struggle of surviving day to day in the tenements and slums that form the backbone of the show.

Another BBC gem!
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It is a very good series which helps us discover a part of history and society that we may or may not know. At that time, nurses were allowed to do their job. There was no 'For your safety / for the child's safety, don't do this, don't do that'. They were respected by everyone. They were part of the community and so were the still affectionately called bobbies. The nuns reflected a true religion which was not imposed on others. They respected others with their faults and without judging them. A different, happier and freer world.
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I have just finished watching series 2 of this brilliant series. I confess I loved the gentle humour and found myself shedding tears during the very hard parts. What hard lives these people lived! I feel the series is more perhaps for women as I am fairly sure a lot of men would find the constant screaming in pain from women giving birth in such difficult conditions harrowing; as indeed it is. I find it difficult to put into words to describe the effect it had upon me. I loved the interaction between the nuns and staff very special. The characterisation is really excellent. I too wonder what series 3 will be like but intend to find out. A special mention for Jenny Agutter and Miranda Hart but truly all the main characters shine. The anguish, the hardship the pain the unconditional love and understanding so evident among these dedicated women is simply wonderful.
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I enjoyed the original memoirs by Jennifer Worth, and the television series is equally good. Though as the programme-makers have now used up all of Ms Worth's original stories, it will be very interesting to see where it goes in Series Three.

This is the life both my grandmothers would have experienced. A small team of very young NHS midwives and older, wiser and more forceful character nuns are in charge of all the midwifery services of a low-income suburb in London's East End, in 1958. There's a lot of female history in this series - attitudes to the new-fangled NHS, the disabled, domestic violence, unmarried pregnancy, the new migrants from the Caribbean, and the demise of young women enrolling in convents.

But it is also balanced with gentle humour (Miranda Hart steals every scene that she is in), and there is the guaranteed money shot in every episode of a cute and cuddly newborn making surprised squeaking noises to the camera about his/her acting debut. This makes me rampagingly broody, and Mr Arachne202 a little bit nervous!

It makes us mothers of the 21st century look like complete wimps, seeing what life was like before the pill and many other medical treatments came into being - as well as the housing conditions, and no washing machines! And, after grudgingly taking my folic acid during two pregnancies and wondering what the GPs were making such a fuss about, I was genuinely shocked at the spina bifida episode (when folic acid was not available), and will be grateful for those tablets should I get lucky a third time.

Gorgeous series, well-made and well-acted. Can't recommend it enough.
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