Okay, I watched the first two episodes last night and I AM HOOKED. Amazing acting and writing, and the screenplay is just lovely and perfect. Lots of breath-holding moments and tearful moments and happy sigh moments alike. Call the Midwife is going on my 'highly recommended' list as of now. Check it out if you haven't already so you'll be ready for new episodes next week. -- MFC
I'm thrilled to have my California-girl friend and fellow Anglo-telly-phile The Blah Blah Blahger share her review of Call The Midwife as I continue my series about great shows you can watch while you wait for Downton Abbey's return. I haven't begun watching Call the Midwife (and I always hear this title wailed out in my head as if being uttered by a British woman in the middle of a Stage 2 contraction, don't you? Cwooohl the midwooooif!), but I continue to hear brilliant and compelling things about it, including comments from many of my wonderful readers here, and I'm looking forward to checking it out soon. Thanks for the tantalizing taste of what Call the Midwife has to offer, friend.
Call The Midwife (contributed by The Blah Blah Blahger)
While in Texas this week, I tried fried okra for the first time. A picky eater since childhood, I would have skipped right over it if I didn't know I'd be guest posting here this week.
That night we popped in the DVD to watch an episode...which turned in to watching three. The next morning, we finished the series.
If you're unfamiliar with Call the Midwife, it's a story about post-war London. At this time, there was no national health care system and health care (primarily midwifery) services were provided to the poor by nuns. In this series, a handful of young nurses serve alongside the nuns, caring for the women of the East End, bicycling from birth to birth.
The characters in Call the Midwife are just awesome and the writers unfurl their stories slowly. Throughout the series, I gasped a number of times by surprises and twists, too. It's smart, fun, and fascinating to watch how births were handled back then.
The main character, Jenny Lee, is likable, but flawed; everyone can relate to her. However, the supporting team is where the heart is at - Chummy, Trixie, Cynthia, and the Sisters round out the series just perfectly.
I HIGHLY recommend Call the Midwife and CAN'T WAIT until the series returns to PBS on the 31st. The episodes are an hour long, but if you want to catch up now, the seasons are short (only 6 episodes long).
While it's not 1912 England, it's just as fun to escape to England in the 1950s!
Just in case you're wondering, I loved the fried okra just a much as I love Call the Midwife ... but not as much as I love FriedOkra! (I love you back, friend, and I'm so proud of you for braving the okra! Your adventurous nature pays off, yes?)
The Blah Blah Blahger also loves wine, weddings, trashy novels and chick flicks, Diet Coke, her niece and nephew, design shows, Jesus and Mariners Church. She's sassy and adventurous, and has the coolest friends and family known to man. She sees stories everywhere she looks, but they build up behind the day-to-day routine, get stuck somewhere between the office and the aisle full of fine wines, and sooner or later she just has to BLAH! Read her always funny, often touching stories at The Blah Blah Blahger.