DVD Review: Call The Midwife Series 2
I wasn’t quiet sure what to expect with Call The Midwife, especially as I was jumping in at series two, which apparently carries on a year later from the first series. The show centers around a group of nurses, midwifes and nuns all living in Nonnatus House, a home presumably run by the church.
The series is based on the memoirs of Jenny (Jessica Raine) who also narrates parts of the show, and is a glimpse at the lives of the living conditions in the poverty of London’s West End in the post war years, and how the nurses et all look after them, primarily from a midwifery role.
Drama and heartache are offset by the joyful cries of newborn babies and their cute little faces.
In series two one of the main players, Chummy (who I kept thinking was being called Chumlee of Pawn Stars fame) played by Miranda Hart, decides to follow God’s calling and takes her husband Peter (Ben Caplan) to India for a spot of missionary work. This happens mid season and leaves a bit of a hole in the cast, but the rest of the girls are still able to keep us thoroughly entertained.
I’m not a great fan of period dramas, but Call The Midwife managed to wheedle it’s way under my skin, probably through it’s ability to take a look at the stark reality of life under the poverty line, whilst managing to keep a positive vibe to the entire show. The nurses, midwifes and nuns are always a shining light in the gloomy lives of those around them, helping people to overcome their woes.
Rating: M Adult themes.