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Call the Midwife 

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

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Series cast summary:
Vanessa Redgrave ...  Mature Jennifer Worth / ... 69 episodes, 2012-2019
Laura Main ...  Shelagh Turner / ... 69 episodes, 2012-2019
Jenny Agutter ...  Sister Julienne 69 episodes, 2012-2019
Judy Parfitt ...  Sister Monica Joan 68 episodes, 2012-2019
Stephen McGann ...  Dr. Patrick Turner / ... 68 episodes, 2012-2019
Cliff Parisi ...  Fred Buckle / ... 66 episodes, 2012-2019
Helen George ...  Trixie Franklin / ... 65 episodes, 2012-2019
Max Macmillan ...  Timothy Turner 51 episodes, 2012-2019
Victoria Yeates ...  Sister Winifred 46 episodes, 2014-2019
Linda Bassett ...  Nurse Phyllis Crane / ... 43 episodes, 2015-2019
Bryony Hannah ...  Cynthia Miller / ... 42 episodes, 2012-2017
Pam Ferris ...  Sister Evangelina 36 episodes, 2012-2016
Alice Brown Alice Brown ...  Angela Turner 36 episodes, 2015-2019
Jack Ashton ...  Tom Hereward 35 episodes, 2014-2018
Ben Caplan ...  PC Peter Noakes / ... 32 episodes, 2012-2017
Charlotte Ritchie ...  Nurse Barbara Gilbert / ... 30 episodes, 2015-2018
Annabelle Apsion ...  Violet Buckle / ... 29 episodes, 2015-2019
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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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English

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2012 (UK) See more »

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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 Camilla "Chummy" Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne, the six-foot-one, ungainly, clumsy midwife who features in her books. Hart, who also hails from an aristocratic background like her character, 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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Good entertainment
22 October 2012 | by bbewnyloracSee all my reviews

Season 5 of Call the Midwife is a cracker. After a massive slump for a few years, the quality of the plots and writing has really improved this year. The series' chief fault continues to be how treacly some of the dialogue is. The voice-over at the start and at the end is still very cheesy. They don't have to scrap it, just make it less sugary. And some of the nurses and nuns spout moralistic phrases that sound like they come straight from the pages of an Enid Blyton children's novel. That said, I've been impressed by the ensemble acting, the beautifully detailed sets, locations and costumes, and most of all, the story lines. Some meaty topics have been covered this season, from typhoid to thalidomide, sexual assault, contraception, lesbian relationships, mothers who covered up for their teenage pregnant daughters, and single mothers whose married lovers abandoned them. It's all great stuff, much of it still relevant in the modern era. Helen George, as nurse Trixie Franklin, has been outstanding this season; she's really outshone Charlotte Ritchie, as Nurse Barbara. Cynthia (Bryony Hannah) has gone on a very interesting journey from midwife to nun, and continues to be very likable. I love how the older nurses and nuns also get generous screen time. Dr Patrick Turner (Stephen McGann) must be the most thoroughly good doctor character on TV and the actor always looks like he's having a good time. Dr Turner does have one fault - it's alarming to watch him puff away on the cigarettes in the consulting room, and no one bats and eyelid! His wife, Scottish nun turned nurse Shelagh Turner (Laura Main), is just too good to be true! She is adorable, but surely she must have some faults! Similarly, chief nun Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) is more or less a saint; saying nothing but words of wisdom. But it is refreshing that someone with that much integrity is a central character in a series. Bless her heart. One of my favourites continues to be the naughty, very old, and possibly demented Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) who has enormous fun, just hanging around the convent, doing and saying exactly what she pleases.


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