From Wikipedia: Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series starring Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Cliff Parisi, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris and Judy Parfitt. It was created by Heidi Thomas based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and set in east London in the 1950s. The first series of six episodes premiered in the UK on 15 January 2012. The series is produced by Neal Street Productions, a production company founded and owned by the film director and producer Sam Mendes, Call the Midwife Executive Producer Pippa Harris and Caro Newling. Call the Midwife achieved very high ratings in its first series, making it the most successful new drama series on BBC One since 2001. A second series of eight episodes aired in the UK in early 2013. Ratings remained exceptionally high, achieving a consolidated series average of 10.47 million viewers.
The autumn 2012 PBS broadcast of the first series of Call the Midwife in the United States received wide critical acclaim, earning a Metacritic score of 8.0. The Wall Street Journal declared that “this immensely absorbing drama is worth any trouble it takes to catch up with its singular pleasures”, while The Washington Post stated that “the cast is marvellous, the gritty, post-war set pieces are meticulously recreated”. TV Guide called the series “a delight to watch”, while the San Francisco Chronicle described it as “sentimental, poignant and often heartbreaking”.
On 11 February 2013, Ben Stephenson, BBC Controller for Drama, announced that he had commissioned a 2013 Christmas special, and a third series of eight episodes to air in 2014.
I found this series, recommended by my friend Michelle, to be wonderfully artistic and accurate. Having been to London and seeing the red telephone booths and double decker buses with references to places we saw, was so incredible. I’ve also always had a fascination with nuns. I remember a convent we visited as a young woman and I was so spellbound into the grace and glow of their faces. I did give some passing thoughts to the love of God as a vocation, but did not feel I had the courage and commitment such a calling requires. (My husband’s mouth and the jaws of my four daughters are all now open and dropped to the full extent of their faces.) I can still feel the draw of breath when I enter a Catholic Church or convent or even watch them on movies. It’s just another sacred room of my heart chambers, I have not told anyone about.
As often happens, I found the sacred in the secular of this tv film series to be very rich. The nuns nurse this needy community with such fortitude, unconditional love and stellar excellence. They demonstrate solid compassion to the hurting and suffering. They mentor the young nurses/midwives in the courage it takes to face moments of need. The hardship and humor of humanity surfaces in ugly places and it’s beauty of life, It tears at your heart end sends it flying high as the true stories are portrayed with authenticity. Their the whole person: body, mind and person. Reflective of a Christ-like life. . .
The best of film is more than entertaining. Significance speaks life’s meanings to challenge your own heart into fuller boundaries. This series is brimming with more than tea! History, Hope and the hues of the 1050s in London overflows the screen into the hearts of it’s viewers.
Check your local library for the first two complete seasons 🙂