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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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Storyline

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:

BBC - Official Site

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UK

Language:

English

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2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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The newborns who appear on the show are a mix of at least four different prosthetic babies, including a tiny premature baby, a full-term baby, a mixed-race baby, and anatomically correct baby with interchangeable parts. However most shots are filmed with real babies who are around a week old. 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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Very enjoyable, if divergent from the book.
5 February 2012 | by geoffcooSee all my reviews

I would have scored 10 for this series, except for the fact that it doesn't truly follow the accounts written in the book from which it is taken.

Some of the diversions from the book are to allow the characters other than Jenny Lee to have stronger story lines, which I can accept to an extent. But some of the story lines have been expanded for dramatic effect, so they are not relying upon the original author's memoirs, but rather the imagination of the scriptwriters, which I think is somewhat regrettable.

Having said that I am finding the series entirely watchable, and enjoyable. All the cast seem to be good, but I must say I am most impressed with Miranda Hart as Chummy, what a brick she is.


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