Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late 1950s to early 1960s.

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 Mature Jenny (42 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Trixie Franklin / ... (42 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Sister Julienne (42 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Shelagh Turner / ... (42 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Sister Monica Joan (41 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Dr. Patrick Turner / ... (41 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Fred Buckle / ... (39 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Cynthia Miller / ... (38 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Sister Evangelina (36 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 PC Peter Noakes / ... (30 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Timothy Turner (27 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Sister Winifred (26 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Jenny Lee (23 episodes, 2012-2014)
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 Patsy Mount / ... (23 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Chummy Noakes / ... (22 episodes, 2012-2015)
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 Tom Hereward (21 episodes, 2014-2016)
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 Nurse Barbara Gilbert / ... (17 episodes, 2015-2016)
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Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth; the story follows twenty-two year old Jenny, who in 1957 leaves her comfortable home to become a midwife in London's East End. She is surprised to find that she will be living in a convent: Nonnatus House. Working alongside fellow nurses and the medically-trained nuns, Jenny has her eyes opened to the harsh living conditions of the slums, but she also discovers the warm hearts and the bravery of the mothers. Even after Jenny leaves Nonnatus, she continues to chronicle the lives of the midwives who have become her family. Written by L. Hamre

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Long before Jennifer Worth's memoirs were filmed, she spotted Miranda Hart and knew that she would be perfect to play Chummy Browne, the six-foot-tall, ungainly, clumsy midwife who features in her books. Miranda agreed to take the role of Chummy if the books were ever filmed. See more »

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When Vanessa Redgrave (the voice of mature Jenny) appears on screen for the first time, the on-screen caption gives the date as 2005 and she is considering writing her memoirs. However by 2005, the first two volumes (Call the Midwife and Shadows of the Workhouse) had already been published. See more »

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Reminds me
26 January 2014 | by (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) – See all my reviews

As I was a student nurse in the East End of London during the mid fifties,(now an ex-pat living in Mexico) this series brings back many memories. I'm glad that some episodes include general nursing and even male patients as well as midwifery. Perhaps doctors were not always as good as the nurses in those days.I even remember an anaesthetist who sat doing his crossword puzzles during operations and no one dared utter a word of reproach.

Now that the East End is suddenly fashionable, even Shoreditch and Brick Lane, what has happened to Wapping where I trained and which used to be so scruffy?

One thing has changed for the better. In those far off days when a woman was admitted with an attempted abortion, euphemistically called "incomplete abortion", the police had to be notified and a policewoman would sit by the bed (drinking tea with the night nurse) until the unfortunate patient (who probably already had half a dozen children at least) was well enough to be arrested.


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