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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2013
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2015
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 25 March 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2015
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 15 April 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2015
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2013
With the Spina Biffida, abortion and medical malpractice issues, this series is much more hard hitting than Series 1; if anything, it is even better viewing than Series 1, but I do wonder about a Series 3, if Jennifer Worth's original memoirs are used up. Would rather it went out on a massive high.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2013
I love call the midwife,I have all the other series.there is nothing I dislike about it.and yes I would recommend it
To my family and friends.
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on 8 May 2013
All my friends also love this. This is a faithful representation of the book by Jennifer Worth about that
time prior to women having birth control available. About the joys and the sadness
surrounding childbirth. About a young nurse finding her direction in life, at its center
Call the Midwife is an affirmation that people are primarily good and generous
and even on the docks of East London during desperate times, with little money, this holds true.
The music that is the theme for this show warms my heart as does the early rock and roll
played as the show's background. The nuns give spiritual background to the tale. A series that
especially will touch anyone who has gone through childbirth. The cast are perfect in their roles!
Narrated warmly by Vanessa Redgrave.
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