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Call the Midwife - Series 3 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Miranda Hart, Jessica Raine, Bryony Hannah, Helen George
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 4
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 469 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HU492HQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 681 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife follows Nurse Jenny Lee and the midwives from Nonnatus House convent as they provide the best possible care to the expectant mothers of Poplar.

Series 3 sees Chummy, PC Noakes and baby Freddy back in the East End; Sister Bernadette - now known as Shelagh since leaving the convent - preparing for her wedding to Dr Turner; and Jenny facing some tough personal and professional challenges. At Christmas, when an unexploded World War II bomb is found under a warehouse close to Nonnatus House, the nuns and dozens of local families find themselves homeless. Later, Dr Turner finds himself in a race against time to immunise children against polio, and when a Royal visitor comes to the East End, Chummy persuades them to open the new Community Centre.

A fascinating portrayal of birth, life, death and a community on the brink of huge social change, Call the Midwife continues to offer a gripping insight into a world that is so drastically different from how we live now.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
Oh, no! Is this really the final series? There is so much mileage left in it! The final episode seems to suggest that it is ending, but I am consoled by having read that the BBC has commissioned a fourth series to be shown in 2015. Phew- thank goodness!!
The nuns find themselves in new and better accommodation and the private lives of the midwives develop movingly as Jenny Lee recovers from her bereavement and finds new love, Chummy loses her mother and finds herself, Trixie loses her heart and Shelagh and Patrick Turner finally achieve a family. (I have to admit to finding Shelagh and Patrick a tiny bit wet).
I was amused by the review suggesting using the dvd as a coaster, because I know a few men who find the childbirth aspect of the series distressing and have to leave the room. My pre-teen grandkids of both genders, on the other hand, take it all in their stride and are addicted to the programme. It is one of the best ever made by the BBC, in my opinion, and its popularity is richly deserved.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By andyg on 1 Feb 2014
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Series 3 is again proving to be a great success and a joy to watch. Great Sunday night viewing without the need for the usual array of bad language and violence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Wellington on 24 May 2014
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Once again we are invited into the lives of the Midwives who served the people of the East End of London in the 1950s. And as we follow these wonderful women to the homes of expectant mums we enter a realm that tugs at our heart strings and causes torrents of tears. We visit Mums who live in direst poverty with limited amenities, little food yet are filled with cheerfulness and optimism.
We battle on with them through struggles and strife and share their joy as a new life is brought into the world. Their stoicism when faced with disaster their acceptance of conditions that are unthinkable today is admirable.They have this attitude of shrugging things off and simply 'get on with it'. As for the midwives, I adore them absolutely. Gathered from different class structures and backgrounds their upbringings were totally different from the women they serve. But they cope with the dirty beds, the filthy tenements and often abusive partners to deliver their babies with much love and sympathy. The midwives provided a much needed service to most of the women of the East End who before their arrival had their babies without medical help.
Please keep making more series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phoober on 17 April 2014
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Like the other series and specials before it, this third series of Call the Midwife did not disappoint. This has been a story that touches the very heart of humanity and what it means to bring life into the world and care for it in a world that was different from our own modern day, technologically advanced society. But having said that, the themes that run through it are timeless and are as true for one generation as they are for the next......

As always, there were moments when I laughed out loud and moments where I cried (like a baby) at the trails and tribulations of this group of female characters who were each so delightfully different and complex and who brought, to each episode, the joy of watching a really excellent and endearing story unfold. Some could argue that the ending was a little 'too perfect' - life working out the way everyone wants it to - but this is the joy of TV - a happy ending!

It was so lovely to watch something so uplifting and hopeful and not constant misery, swearing, violence and/or gratuitous sex. This is the kind of drama the BBC should be spending our money on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Kelley on 20 Jun 2014
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Living in the USA, I could not wait, so I pre-ordered Series 3. This program touches heart in a very different way than most TV programming. The stories are drawn from real life experiences of what women went through giving birth in the East End of London during the 50's. It shares the struggles, the challenges, the hopes and the lives of real people (names changed of course). Her frankness about birth and death are real. The author, Jennifer Worth, wrote a compelling best seller. So sad to realize Jennifer did not live to see this extraordinary TV program.

Will be interesting to see how they continue story line development after the departure of Jessica Raines who played the lead character. They have a very strong cast (Pam Ferris, Jenny Agutter, Miranda Hart, Helen George, Judy Parfitt, Bryony Hannah, Laura Main, Stephen McGann, Cliff Parisi, etc.). I am trusting that this quality production will continue to excel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By missusjazz on 24 April 2014
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Every member of a minute english-speaking community (there's just 5 of us) are have become addicted to this wonderful series.
Actually, our TV-evenings are much like they used to be back in the late 60's and early 70's when only a single person on the block had a TV-set and everyone would drop in to watch. What else is to be said about the Calling the Midwife? We just want to express our appreciation of a series absolutely perfectly made - starting with the research of that particular time in history, the props, the actors/actresses - perfectly chosen - every role is filled with life by just the right person. We are all extremely sad that Jessica Raine is leaving the "Midwives" but still ecstatic that the show will still go on for at another season. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, I suppose. Recommended highly ba all 5 ex-Pats plus foreigners! There's no better way to spend a great evening!
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