January 27, 2013

Call The Midwife....Bravo PBS!

I don't know if you were able to view Call the Midwife on PBS, but I am highly recommending this series! If you are an avid Downton Abbey fan, then I think you are going to LOVE this beautifully scripted and acted series. I cannot get enough of these well produced shows from the UK! Light the fire, pour a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy the show....you will laugh, you will cry and you too will be shouting...BRAVO!!

Call the Midwife is a moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery and family life in 1950’s East London. We are introduced to the community through the eyes of young nurse Jenny Lee as she arrives at Nonnatus House to live and work as a midwife alongside an Order of Nuns. 

As Jenny comes to terms with her new life, we meet some phenomenal people who prove that their warmth, resilience and determination are to be admired beyond measure. At the heart of this world are the Sisters of St. Raymond Nonnatus who have been active in the East End as Anglican nursing nuns since the beginning of the 20th century.

The Sisters and the midwives of Nonnatus House carry out many nursing duties across the community. However, with between 80 and 100 babies being born each month in Poplar alone, their primary work is to help bring safe childbirth to women in the area and to look after their countless newborns family who has found her way into nursing and midwifery by a circuitous route.

My favorite characters.....

Eternally good-humored and monumentally kind, Chummy is crippled by lack of self-confidence. Her tall height and physical clumsiness plays its part, but a loveless childhood spent in boarding schools has made the greater impact. 
An adept midwife, she is hampered by acute shyness and - perhaps more crucially – a complete inability to ride a bike. Chummy soon wins the hearts of her colleagues, but her struggle for self-belief will threaten to capsize her. Chummy is played by Miranda Hart

Sister Julienne is the Sister-In-Charge at Nonnatus House. Deeply religious, she is also profoundly practical and confers dignity on her patients through her sensitive, non-judgmental approach.

She is often called upon to mediate between her fellow sisters when they quarrel - this is an almost exclusively female world, and her tact and gentleness are essential to its happiness. 

Sister Julienne is played by Jenny Agutter



  1. I enjoyed the series as a social commentary but I have to admit by the end of it I was a bit bored by all the screaming/grunting childbirth scenes.
    Jane x

    1. Thank you for commenting Jane. I just found this series to be refreshing....a welcome change from most shows on network stations. Especially the tightly faced women running around in cocktail dresses, jeweled necklaces, pulled faces and hair extensions calling themselves real housewives... I guess I'm a romantic and was pleased that our darling Chummy found love.....cannot wait for the next season....did you catch the Holiday special? So charming!


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