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Call the Midwife 7 Seasons 2012

All six episodes from the first series of the BBC drama, adapted from Jennifer Worth's memoirs, about a group of midwives working in East London in the 1950s. Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) gets her first job at Nonnatus House which she soon realises is a nursing convent and not a hospital, as she had assumed.

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Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart

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1. Call the Midwife - 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.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: 1 January 2012
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2. Call the Midwife - 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.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: 1 January 2012
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3. Call the Midwife - 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.

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4. Call the Midwife - 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.

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5. Call the Midwife - 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.

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6. Call the Midwife - 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".

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Historical
Director Philippa Lowthorpe
Starring Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart
Supporting actors Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt, Vanessa Redgrave
Season year 2012
Network BBC Worldwide
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Steve VINE VOICE on 8 Feb. 2012
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...I wasn't sure I would like this series. And I nearly didn't get past the first episode; all that blood and guts, not expected for a programme broadcast before the nine o'clock watershed. But it is a sign of the maturity of the very best TV drama (and that almost always means the BBC) that reality doesn't get left behind in the desire to 'entertain'. Luckily, a friend encouraged me to keep with the series, and it has been rewarding in a number of ways.

The key to good drama is story, cast and direction. This has the lot. The (real) tale of NHS midwives in late '50s East End London. A step into the past. The positives - that sense of community, of progress and hope, of friendships; the negatives - the overcrowding, the poverty, the filth. And I like the way we are constantly reminded of how far things had progressed with the advent of the National Health Service some years earlier (whilst some of us look on aghast as it is now being taken apart).

The casting is a dream. Jenny Agutter, surely one of the most versatile (and under-rated?) of actresses. Jessica Raine, almost child -like. And it was a stroke of genius to have Miranda Hart playing the lovely Chummy, bringing some light to balance the darker moments.

This may sound ridiculous, but there is a comparison here with Dad's Army: a collection of interesting and likeable people doing good.

But it is also quite moving, a rare thing indeed.

No wonder this has been such a surprise hit.
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This must be one of the best researched and actuated TV dramas for the last decade. Apart from the perhaps unavoidable cleanliness of the sets and clothing (cleanest washing - ready ironed it seems hanging on those street-strung washing lines) it shouts mid 20th century: the accents and real portrayals of social mores haven't been 'bought up to date' at the expense of truth (as has the rather delightful if predictable Downtown Abbey). Can't fault 'Midwives' otherwise and I'm one of those nitpickers that goes 'hamsters being known about in the Downtown Abbey's 1910s servant's hall??? - pah!'

Call the Midwife is an excellent, excellent series, that reminds us old-timers just what dire health issues the NHS set out correcting, and hopefully, what a jewel it still is, before it gets dismantled piecemeal as a step towards the majority of us reverting to those living conditions.

Pleased to read a second series is commissioned. This is not a watch-once programme, but a treasure! Well written, well produced, well directed and well acted, with ultimate 50s girl Miranda Hart a touch of casting genius. To see Roy Hudd tonight gives it the last touch of wonderful.
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I will update this review as the series continues but felt I needed to say something after the first episode last night.
I haven't read the books so can't compare them but I have just ordered them so we will see, the programme itself though was fantastic, just my kind of thing, I love period drama's and though this is set much later than what I usually go for, I loved it.
I found the subject of midwifery and family life in the east end in the 1950's very interesting and along with a great cast, the detail of knowledge made this riveting viewing .
After just one of the six episodes I have pre-ordered the Dvd , something I would never normally do , hopefully the first class drama continues.
*UPDATE* Episode 2 had a slightly different feel to the first but new character Chummy Browne (Miranda Hart) was a great addition and there were some good storylines, particularly the prostitution/adoption one which was heartbreaking.
Episode 3 wasn't as good as the first two but there was alot more development of individual characters and the two main storylines were quite emotional.
I can't wait until next sunday, I just wish there were more than six episodes.
Episode 4 and 5 were the best yet as the series hits it's stride and all the characters have had their introductions, it's a shame there's only one more to go, the good news is, there is to be a second series.
The series finished with a great episode which tied up some loose ends but left room for the next series. This really was a fantastic programme, just up my street .
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 April 2013
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'Call The Midwife' is a series shown on PBS that gives us the good in the world. Set in the 1950's in London's East End, all the help that is available is needed. We see the sorid, the poor, the love and the caringg from all concerned. We get to know all of the women and few men involved in this series.

The episodes revolve around Jenny Lee , played by Jessica Raine who becomes a midwife to do good but also to escape a romance. She joins two other women, and nuns including Sister Monica-Joan, played by Judy Parfitt, and Sister Evangelina, played by Pam Ferris.nSister Julienne played by Jenny Agutter runs the place. Miranda Hart is the Camilla or "Chummy" Fortescue-Cholmondeley-Browne, as the clumsy, clueless midwife who brings reality and some humor to the series.

This is a series of women helping other women, mostly delivering babies. N the process we see the real deal,sometimes shocking, but most often the lovely process of bringing life into this world. Ths is a very popular series and Seres two is not far behind.

Recommended. prisrob 04-26-13
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