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


Heidi Thomas
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Series cast summary:
Vanessa Redgrave ...  Mature Jennifer Worth / ... 85 episodes, 2012-2021
Laura Main ...  Shelagh Turner / ... 85 episodes, 2012-2021
Jenny Agutter ...  Sister Julienne 85 episodes, 2012-2021
Stephen McGann ...  Dr. Patrick Turner / ... 84 episodes, 2012-2021
Judy Parfitt ...  Sister Monica Joan 83 episodes, 2012-2021
Helen George ...  Nurse Trixie Franklin / ... 81 episodes, 2012-2021
Cliff Parisi ...  Fred Buckle / ... 81 episodes, 2012-2021
Linda Bassett ...  Nurse Phyllis Crane / ... 59 episodes, 2015-2021
Max Macmillan ...  Timothy Turner 57 episodes, 2012-2021
Alice Brown Alice Brown ...  Angela Turner 49 episodes, 2015-2021
Victoria Yeates ...  Sister Winifred 46 episodes, 2014-2019
Annabelle Apsion ...  Violet Buckle / ... 45 episodes, 2015-2021
Bryony Hannah ...  Cynthia Miller / ... 42 episodes, 2012-2017
Pam Ferris ...  Sister Evangelina 36 episodes, 2012-2016
Jack Ashton ...  Tom Hereward 35 episodes, 2014-2018


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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1960s | nurse | east london | memoir | nun | See All (57) »


In 1950's London, they delivered hope for all. See more »


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Stephen McGann, who plays Dr. Patrick Turner, is married to series writer Heidi Thomas. See more »


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 her husband Philip (Ronald Pickup) suggests she write 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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Realistic, modern, seductive and deep, with poignant moral questions.
17 August 2016 | by maria-ricci-1983See all my reviews

**UPDATE AFTER SEASON 6: If I could mark 11 stars, that would be it. The episodes about the Thalidomide children were hard but very well focused and treated. I am intrigued at how they film the scenes with just born babies in the very hands of the actors, with wide shots, not just close-ups. Call the Midwife is a most humanistic show indeed, focused on believable, realistic positive values. In a time when humanism seems to be disgraced and devalued everywhere, it is most welcome in my screen.***

This show is extraordinary.

It portrays so vividly the changes of an era in Great Britain, when the latter half of the 20th century blasted into people's daily lives at poor East End London, with all its hopes, marvels, progress, and shifts from a traditional to a modern lifestyle.

The performances are brilliant; the characters are as lovable as well-written; the atmosphere is perfectly recreated, and though quite serious health and social issues are crudely shown along the episodes, the tone is always permeated with hope, love and joy of living.

We do not come from a Christian upbringing, and I am not a Catholic, but I strongly sympathize with the humanistic and sensible approach of Nonnatus House's team of nuns and midwives, where tolerance, acceptance and care for life ranks higher than dogma or empty beliefs.

It is very hard to write a really deep, philosophical and poetic show while maintaining a light-hearted spirit and lots of humour, and Call the Midwife really makes it in a masterly way.

I have to say it gets better and better as the seasons pass, always intertwining the main characters' personal stories and individual cases with relevant and updated issues of public health and bioethics.

By the way, the admirable British public health system, which made wonders in the 50s and 60s and promoted equal access to safety, well-being and human development, also becomes a magnificent political statement in our own age, all the more appreciated in a retrospective look.

There is nothing to complain about of this show, which exerts an honest, compelling, deeply satisfying magnetism on viewers.

For those of us who love motherhood, babies and pregnancies, there is the unique plus of rejoicing at the sight of so many just born babies at the moment of delivery, in a remarkably natural and non-sensationalist feat of cinematography. You can feel the unmistakable miracle of life in each episode, with its sufferings and joys, which is so unusual among a current TV grid full of violence, special effects, overt sex, glorified evil and frenzied action.

Kudos to BBC! Yes, they have made it again, once more!

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