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Call the Midwife

Season One
(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Call the Midwife


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A moving, intimate, funny, and true-to-life look at the colorful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the '50s. Based on the bestselling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth. When Jenny Lee first arrives in Poplar, she knows nothing about hardship, poverty, and life itself. But Jenny is brought up to speed fast once she joins a team of midwives who provide care to the poorest women.
Title: Call the midwife
Season one
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, c2012
Edition: Full screen presentation
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (360 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: a Neal Street production for BBC ; written by Heidi Thomas ; directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, Jamie Payne
Notes: Title from container
Based on the book by Jennifer Worth
DVD extras: Wimples, babies and bicycles; cast members discuss giving birth to "Call the Midwife"
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Summary: A moving, intimate, funny, and true-to-life look at the colorful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the '50s. Based on the bestselling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth. When Jenny Lee first arrives in Poplar, she knows nothing about hardship, poverty, and life itself. But Jenny is brought up to speed fast once she joins a team of midwives who provide care to the poorest women.
Additional Contributors: Worth, Jennifer - 1935-2011
Redgrave, Vanessa - 1937- - Actor
Ferris, Pam - Actor
Raine, Jessica - 1982- - Actor
George, Helen - Actor
Agutter, Jenny - Actor
Parfitt, Judy - 1935- - Actor
Hart, Miranda - 1972- - Actor
Thomas, Heidi - 1967- - Author of screenplay
Lowthorpe, Philippa - Director
Payne, Jamie - Director
Neal Street Productions
British Broadcasting Corporation
ISBN: 9781622243112
1622243110
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama CALL1
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Report This Dec 18, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Powerful, sweet, and positive, a marvelous TV series in every way.

Best of the Best ..... Why can't we have shows of this caliber on American television??? When you see shows like this, who in their right mind would want to see reality TV.

Marvelous show. Both the storylines and the characters are addictive. Even more so as they are based on the lives of real people. Humor and pathos in the face of dire poverty, ignorance, and rapid change of society. Highly recommend. The Brits are so good at creating and producing shows like this.

Report This Oct 06, 2013
  • JeanieG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love. Love. Love. Wish I could watch an episode of this every night. Probably more of a woman's series - might be too graphic for some men and kids - and even some women. Great story lines, well written, fantastic acting!

I read the book this is based on first an I am loving this show so far!

Report This Sep 03, 2013
  • BlueHippo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is an okay series-not on a par with "Downton Abbey", but fairly well done and interesting. I could do with fewer birth scenes-that's getting old. However, the story does develop the characters more toward the end of this season and so I will check out the next season and see how that goes. I don't like the fact that this "Jimmy" guy shows up and we are never really told who he is or how he knows Jenny.

I watched the excellent PBS series and decided that I would read this book. IT is full of wonderful memories the author shares with the reader of her time as a midwife in the poor section of East London. I loved this book and enjoy watching the dramatization of the book on PBS.

Report This Aug 15, 2013
  • kozakd rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A well written and superbly acted series that takes you back to the late '50s. Vanessa Redgrave does the voice over which adds a dimension that only she can. There is also a companion to season one and two available @ EPL: ' The Life and Times of Call the Midwife' which goes into fine detail that is also very enjoyable.

Report This Jun 26, 2013
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Babies! Midwives! Close-knit community! Social issues and realistic drama! I fell in love with this TV series starting with episode one, but my absolute favorite episode is the second one where Chummy learns to ride a bike. Great historical series based on a true story. Makes me laugh, cry, and feel hopeful for the human race.

Report This May 04, 2013
  • macierules rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The music alone makes this a joy to watch.

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Report This Sep 23, 2013
  • RDPL_AdultMovies rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Other: graphic childbirth scenes

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From book on child birth: It is hard to imagine today that until the last century no woman had any specialist obstetric care during pregnancy. The first time a woman would see a doctor or midwife was when she went into labour. Therefore, death and disaster, either for mother or child, or both, were commonplace. Such tragedies were looked upon as the will of God, whereas, in fact, they were the inevitable result of neglect and ignorance. Society ladies would have a doctor visiting them during pregnancy, but such visits were not antenatal care and would probably be more like social calls than anything else, because no doctor was trained in antenatal care.

From the book on midwife: Why aren’t midwives the heroines of society that they should be? Why do they have such a low profile? They ought to be lauded to the skies, by everyone. But they are not. The responsibility they carry is immeasurable. Their skill and knowledge are matchless, yet they are completely taken for granted, and usually overlooked. All medical students in the 1950s were trained by midwives. They had classroom lectures from an obstetrician, certainly, but without clinical practice lectures are meaningless. So in all teaching hospitals, medical students were attached to a teacher midwife, and would go out with her in the district to learn the skill of practical midwifery. All GPs had been trained by a midwife. But these facts seemed to be barely known.

From book, Poem To an Unknown God I sang to you In the day of my bliss And you were near I thought of you In my lover’s kiss And felt you there I turned to you When our love was too brief And found your strength. I needed you In the years of my grief And knew you, at length.

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Report This Dec 18, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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