'Call the Midwife: Season Two'
(Jessica Raine, Stephen McGann, Miranda Hart, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2013 / BBC Home Video)
Overview: Based on the bestselling memoirs by Jennifer Worth, 'Call the Midwife' follows Jenny Lee, a young midwife in 1950s London's working class East End, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. Season Two continues to follow Jenny and the other midwives as they deal with all the problems the neighborhood of Poplar has to throw at them.
DVD Verdict: I have to say, from the off, that I love that the producers have taken such care to make this time and place (1950s East London) come alive. I have always loved English television drama, but this has got to be one of the best. Every character is real and lovable in their own way, and every situation draws you in on a deep level. It is not for everyone, as the birth scenes, while tastefully done, are quite realistic.
There are also some situations, such as domestic abuse and prostitution, which are part of the reality that this show conveys. Another aspect of this show that I love is that the nuns of Nonnatus House are respectably devout without being preachy or self-righteous. Their faith is genuine, and their devotion to helping even the most despicable people is apparent. Every episode is heartwarming and inspiring.
Indeed, for those that don't know (but why?!), 'Call The Midwife' is set in the poverty-stricken East London in the 1950's, where Jenny Lee (played by Jessica Raine), works at the Nonnatus House, a convent that serves as a hospital for the poor. Along side her are her fellow nurses Trixie, Cynthia, Chummy, and the Sisters, Julienne, Evangelina, Bernadette and Monica Joan, who are all midwifes, but attend to other medical situations that occur around the poor neighborhoods.
Season two brings many more challenges to the midwives as each patient comes with their own problems which eventually become the midwives' problems. Nurse Chummy and her husband PC Noakes head off to Africa for missionary work, but they later return with life changing news. Sister Monica Joan's age is quickly catching up with her. Sister Bernadette has a health crisis as she struggles with her feelings for Dr. Turner. Jenny's best-friend, Jimmy, is getting married, which stirs past feelings for her.
I loved watching the first season last year on DVD and I eagerly watched the Christmas Special on PBS back in December, but I missed out on watching the eight episodes of season two, mostly due to a family emergency. Thus, I am SO looking forward to Season 3! These are all Widescreen Presentations (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the special features of:
Midwifery Adaptation & Detail - Interviews with cast and crew showing how Jennifer Worth's memoirs became the beloved TV series.