Call the Midwife DVD
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Directed by Various (TV)
Produced in 2012
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Contemporary Drama • Contemporary Period, Costume, Historical Film • Contemporary British Film • Television Drama • Period, Costume & Historical Television • British Television • Contemporary British Film
Those who rally against the perceived lack of strong roles for women in TV drama will take solace from the news that Call the Midwife has been hailed as the BBCís biggest new drama for over a decade, pulling in higher ratings than ITVís smash, Downton Abbey. Set in the East End of London in the 1950s, it follows a group of midwives as they strive to help mothers-to-be living in poverty.
Why has it been so successful? First and foremost, the characterisation is beautifully delineated, helped by a superb cast including Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris and Miranda Hart, stealing scenes as the clumsy latest recruit (narration is provided by Vanessa Redgrave, portraying the main character as she looks back on her life). It also gets the balance right between sentimentality and grit, with cosy scenes of camaraderie tempered by references to contemporary problems, such as prostitution and syphilis. Heidi Thomasí does full justice to the memoirs of Jennifer Worth (who died last year), creating a warm, entertaining drama that has already been commissioned for a second series.
Based on the bestselling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, BBC drama series Call The Midwife is a moving, intimate, funny and, above all, true-to-life look at the colourful stories of midwifery and families 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. As she begins caring for patients, she gradually becomes accustomed to her new environment, making friends with fellow midwives Cynthia (Bryony Hannah), Trixie (Helen George) and the awkwardly clumsy Chummy (Miranda Hart).
Publisher: 2 Entertain
Length: 360 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 widescreen
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 12th March 2012
Cat No: BBCDVD3577
- 2 discs