Beauty, brains and guts of steel combine under the moniker of Nonnatus House in the BBC series Call the Midwife which is out on DVD today.
Set in the 1950s, the six part drama series follows well to do Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) as she leaves behind the comforts of her home to work as a midwife in poverty ridden East London. Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, this UK favourite is sometimes gritty, often lovely, and always entertaining.
Call the Midwife is a moving and intimate insight into the colourful world of midwifery and family life in the 1950’s East London. Viewed through the eyes of young nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine), who works at Nonnatus House, a convent rather than a private hospital, alongside an Order of Nuns.
Resident funny-woman Miranda Hart (who you’ll recognise from ABC’s Miranda) steals our hearts as Chummy (Camilla Cholomondely-Browne – try saying that three times); the well intentioned nurse whom is oft seen wobbling precariously down the main street on her bike, is hampered by acute shyness as well as the complete inability to ride a bike. We couldn’t help but fall in love with the awkward flirtation that emerges between Miss Chummy and local constable Peter Noakes (Ben Caplan).
Call the Midwife premiered to an audience of 9.8 million viewers in Britain, and has gained rave reviews during its run on Australian TV, with reports saying it’s garnered a bigger following that Downton Abbey which is a favourite here! Good news for fans, a second series is currently in production.
Call the Midwife also stars Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris and Judy Parfitt, with the voice of Vanessa Redgrave.
The Call the Midwife DVD set is available from Roadshow today RRP $39.95.
Category: Film & TV