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CALL THE MIDWIFE – A New 6-Part British Series

September 28, 2012

Ch. 5.1 – Sundays at 7:00 pm. & Ch. 9.1 – Mondays at 9:00 pm.
Airing September 30 – November 4

– Highest-Rated New Drama Debut in BBC History –

This moving, intimate, funny and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End in the 1950s.

Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work in the poorest area of the city. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of women who minister to expectant mothers, many of whom give birth at home in appalling conditions. The drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients and learns to love the people who live in the East End.

The highest-rated drama debut in BBC history, this six-part series will lead into the new, second season of MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Upstairs Downstairs,” premiering Sunday, October 7 at 9:00 pm n Ch.5.1.

“CALL THE MIDWIFE is a riveting new series that strengthens PBS as a destination for drama on Sunday nights,” said Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO. “We look forward to working with our BBC partners to introduce the story and the characters that were so beloved in Britain to the American audience.”

Based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, CALL THE MIDWIFE is a moving and intimate story of midwifery in London’s East End in the 1950s. The series follows a young Jenny Lee as she and her fellow midwives, attached to an order of nursing nuns, navigate the crowded East End streets teeming with children, workers and a culture remarkably different from the wealthy English countryside where Jenny was raised. Vanessa Redgrave provides the voice of the mature Jennifer.

The drama unfolds as Jenny meets her patients, including one woman who is on her 25th pregnancy and a young, 15 year-old prostitute pregnant for the first time. Initially shocked by the health and living conditions of the East End, Jenny soon learns to admire the families she works with, along with the sisters and fellow midwives who witness the daily drama of life in this vibrant community.

Executive producer Pippa Harris said, “CALL THE MIDWIFE has excited the imagination of viewers in the UK and I am confident it will do the same in the US. Heidi Thomas’ witty and emotional scripts have perfectly captured a unique snapshot of British history, but the universal themes of childbirth, nursing and parenthood ring true throughout the world.”

 

Full episodes of CALL THE MIDWIFE will be available for viewing on the New Mexico PBS Video Portal for 30 days after each national broadcast.

CALL THE MIDWIFE contains mature content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

Episode 1
9/30/2012
Follow newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee as she arrives in the East End of London to begin her career.

Episode 2
10/7/2012
See why Nonnatus House newcomer Chummy has trouble gaining the respect of Sister Evangelina.

Episode 3
10/14/2012
Follow Jenny on her district nursing roster and find out why a new patient seems upset by her latest pregnancy.

Episode 4
10/21/2012
Witness the community’s search for a missing baby and a couple’s anguish over a troubled pregnancy.

Episode 5
10/28/2012
See how Nonnatus House responds to cancer – and to an ill-starred money-making venture.

Episode 6
11/4/2012
Witness Sister Monica Joan’s illness, recovery and trouble with the law.

Full episodes of CALL THE MIDWIFE will be available for viewing on the
New Mexico PBS Video Portal for 30 days after each national broadcast.