I’m sure a lot of us were home last night, watching the premiere of the third season of Downton Abbey. I know I had been looking forward to the two-hour episode ever since the second season ended last year. In the meantime, I discovered another excellent BBC series, to which I am currently addicted. Call the Midwife is based on the story of Jennifer Worth, a midwife in the 1950’s, who came from a sheltered and privileged existence to work in London’s East End slums. The series chronicles her work with several local nuns to provide free midwifery services for the pregnant women in the neighborhood. It’s heartwarming and heart-wrenching, filled with memorable characters (my favorite is Chummy – with a name like that, how can you not love her?). The actors manage to communicate the terror, pain, and joy of childbirth while portraying how the 1950’s was such a revolutionary time for women. The first season has been released on DVD, which the library has, so come and check it out!
Call the Midwife!