Monday, April 8, 2013

Call the Midwife: Surprisingly Wonderful

Call the Midwife

              While I can be drawn into the clipped heels and vowels of a good British program as much as the next anglophile, I didn't immediately seek out the British import Call the Midwife.  I'm not sorry for it either, considering I got to marathon through the short first season and jump straight into the second, which airs on Sundays at 8:00 on your local PBS station.  Based on the memoir of Jennifer Worth, a midwife working in 1950's East London, Call the Midwife is shockingly great.  Considering how close the 50's are to present day, it is quite a shock to see the conditions of life and labor.  With weekly cases and drama, the show sucks you into the lives of the hard working nuns and young midwives as well as the everyday people who keep them so busy.  The music and atmosphere of the show takes you back to a foreign time that wasn't so long ago. More than anything, the show has a big bleeding heart that causes your heart to bleed right along with it. Check out the first season of Call the Midwife on instant Netflix.

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