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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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Official Sites:

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Language:

English

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2012 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

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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The milk of human kindness
7 July 2016 | by graduatedanSee all my reviews

It's hard to believe that anyone could be as compassionate and tender as the midwives in Call the Midwife, compassion and tenderness being rare qualities in the increasingly disconnected world of the 21st century. I suspect those qualities are a real incentive for even the casual viewer of this series, which depicts the lives of midwives toiling in the east London of the late 50s- early 1960s. The world of almost 60 years ago was a very different one from today, both from a social and technological standpoint. I'm impressed by the attention to detail in the series, which allows viewers to immerse themselves in the stories, which touch upon issues such as abortion and incest, as well as the then real threats of polio and tuberculosis. More recent stories have even addressed the thalidomide tragedy. The acting is, without exception, top notch, especially that of Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan. I tend to be especially critical of shows that rely on lachrymose sentimentality to further the story. Call the Midwife is at times tender, sweet tempered and, well, nice, but never false as it displays the panorama of the human condition.


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