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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.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2012
Edition: Full screen presentation
ISBN: 9781622243112
1622243110
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama CALL1
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (360 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
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

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Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, this is a wonderful and realistic portrait of life and midwifery in East London in the '50s.

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.

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... Read More »

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.


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After seeing a list based on "if you like Downton Abbey, try this" - I just finished Season 1 of Calling the Midwife. It is another excellent produced show & cast. Yes, as you might expect from the title there's a lot of babies being born, mostly the 1st episode. It can be much for someone to watch, but it is in a different time without any of our present day comforts. Plus one episode is so full & rich it's like watching a mini movie.

How many time can they show a woman gasping as she is giving birth!
OK we get it, woman are in pain when they give birth.
Never saw so many pregnant women! Even the extras walking on the street are pregnant. Yikes!!

Aug 14, 2014
  • LauraSteinert rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely wonderful. Clearly not a made in the US product, it has a beginning, middle and end--so be sure to watch all three seasons. Characters are well-rounded, and complex; the stories are shocking, yet completely believable (perhaps because they are real). I did not read the books first, and perhaps I should have, but these three collections are brilliant writing, exquisite acting, and authentic staging. From the aftermath of war, to poverty of the slums, to the roots of what will eventually become the women's movement, this is the most moving bit of history I have ever seen.

This is a fairly family friendly program, but you will have to explain to the youngest ones about unwed mothers and shell-shock. The birth scenes are not gory, but best not for children under 10. Many places to open a dialogue with preteens about the consequences of unprotected sex.

Apr 28, 2014
  • nfentonn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

No guns(this is England) no aliens, no f-bombs, just a story about young middle/upper class women helping the poor in 1957 London, along with the nuns they serve with.

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.

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!

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.

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

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