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 / ... (45 episodes, 2012-2017)
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 Sister Julienne (45 episodes, 2012-2017)
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 Shelagh Turner / ... (45 episodes, 2012-2017)
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 Sister Monica Joan (44 episodes, 2012-2017)
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 Dr. Patrick Turner / ... (44 episodes, 2012-2017)
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 Trixie Franklin / ... (43 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Fred Buckle / ... (42 episodes, 2012-2017)
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 Cynthia Miller / ... (40 episodes, 2012-2017)
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 Sister Evangelina (36 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Timothy Turner (30 episodes, 2012-2017)
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 Sister Winifred (29 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Patsy Mount / ... (26 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Tom Hereward (24 episodes, 2014-2017)
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 Jenny Lee (23 episodes, 2012-2014)
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 Chummy Noakes / ... (22 episodes, 2012-2015)
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 Nurse Barbara Gilbert / ... (20 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Nurse Phyllis Crane / ... (19 episodes, 2015-2017)
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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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Very enjoyable, if divergent from the book.
5 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I would have scored 10 for this series, except for the fact that it doesn't truly follow the accounts written in the book from which it is taken.

Some of the diversions from the book are to allow the characters other than Jenny Lee to have stronger story lines, which I can accept to an extent. But some of the story lines have been expanded for dramatic effect, so they are not relying upon the original author's memoirs, but rather the imagination of the scriptwriters, which I think is somewhat regrettable.

Having said that I am finding the series entirely watchable, and enjoyable. All the cast seem to be good, but I must say I am most impressed with Miranda Hart as Chummy, what a brick she is.


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