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    Thumbs up 'Call the Midwife' Anyone Else Watching?

    It is definitely the Un-Downton Abbey, set in poverty stricken East London after WWII.
    Based on a memoir of a nurse working with Nursing Sisters, it is sweet, gritty, funny, heartbreaking and charming.

    More great Brit TV! Thanks again PBS!

    Anyone else hooked?
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    Just started



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    Yes!

    It is the Anti-Downton Abbey fer shure!

    Loved Season 1 so much I pretty much watched it all over again when PBS here had a marathon before premiering Season 2 on Sunday.

    Now I need to read the book - NPR here had an interview with one of the producers. Sadly the author died before the show finished production.
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    Yes. I watched the last episode on Netflix last night. Good show.

    I didn't think I'd like it, due to the subject, but I enjoyed it.



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    Oooo, had not heard about this one!



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    I've watched season 1 and watched the first episode of Season 2 on Sunday and love it! Really good story lines, pull-no-punches look at life in the 50's in poor London, incredibly well-filmed (as it seems are all BBC productions). I even saw the Christmas episode--really cute.
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    Nope not watching.



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    I haven't seen it, but I've read the first two books (there are three). I highly recommend them -- the author is a gifted storyteller.


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    I have a terrible time sleeping and end up in the recliner in the living room dozing and listening to the TV most nights... I always put the tv on PBS so I don't have the interruption of the commercials but occasionally I am awoken by a HAIR-RAISING scream of AGONY that makes the dogs bark and me jump-until I realize that CTM is on again!

    I've watched bits and pieces of it but it tends to put me back to sleep until someone screams again.


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    Yes,I also had a scramble for the volume control. Nothing like the startling shrieks of childbirth ..



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    Quote Originally Posted by SMF11 View Post
    I haven't seen it, but I've read the first two books (there are three). I highly recommend them -- the author is a gifted storyteller.

    I'd like to read them SMF, do you know the author's name,and the titles of the books?

    The screams of childbirth send my husband out of the room too.
    The credits run by so quickly it is hard (make that impossible) to see who all the actors are.
    But like all Brit productions the acting is first rate, every single one of them.
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    http://www.amazon.com/Call-Midwife-M...ll+the+midwife

    The author's name is Jennifer Worth. The first book is "Call the Midwife" the second is "In the Shadows of the Workhouse" and the last is "Farewell to the East End". Enjoy!


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    ^^ thank you SMF1 (duh, it didn't occur to me to look it up on Amazon!)
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    The books are very good. I feel every woman should read them. The last book is a bit tougher. "In the Midst of Life" is a discussion of death. I was not prepared for that but I will revisit it after a talk with a friend of mine. Mrs Worth talks about the history ; social and medical of death and dying.

    I had to keep reminding myself that the series is based in the 50's, when I was born. The system of the midwife really, when you think of it, worked well and there are those who are going back in that direction.

    The books tick tock back and forth in time and are an interesting look at social history. In one she discusses the workhouse system. I think most of us believed the workhouse ended in Dickens era but they continued into the 20th century,.

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    i just started it on netflix too. so far i really like it. i watch it at my desk at lunch a lot of time though so i always have to be close to the volume control so the entire office doesnt hear the screams of childbirth



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    Love this show!

    Did Season 2 just start? If so, when is on?
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    Here our PBS runs it before Masterpiece
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    Bearhunter (do you really hunt them?):
    Check your local PBS listings
    Here in the Midwest it is on Sundays @ 7P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearhunter View Post
    Love this show!

    Did Season 2 just start? If so, when is on?
    Here, on PBS E on the sattelite (we get WGBH) it is on Sundays at 8pm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoopoe View Post
    The books are very good. I feel every woman should read them. The last book is a bit tougher. "In the Midst of Life" is a discussion of death. I was not prepared for that but I will revisit it after a talk with a friend of mine. Mrs Worth talks about the history ; social and medical of death and dying.

    I had to keep reminding myself that the series is based in the 50's, when I was born. The system of the midwife really, when you think of it, worked well and there are those who are going back in that direction.

    The books tick tock back and forth in time and are an interesting look at social history. In one she discusses the workhouse system. I think most of us believed the workhouse ended in Dickens era but they continued into the 20th century,.

    Poplar, these days, has become a trendy upscale place to live.
    I didn't realize it was set in the 50's at first either - everyone was so very poor, I thought it was Depression era.
    Of course Britain was nearly decimated during the war (which began for us in 1939).
    I also had no idea the workhouses continued on into the 1930's.
    I too associated it with Dickens and the Victorians. ("are there no prisons? are there no workhouses?"
    It wasn't until the Christmas episode,with the elderly lady, and Nurse Lee researching how long she had been in the work house that I realized it went on into the 30's.
    Unbelievable, and so inhumane.
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