'Call The Midwife: Season 4'
(Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Miranda Hart, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, et al / 3-DVD / NR / 2015 / BBC Home Entertainment)
Overview: The nurses, midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House invite you to join them again as they try to give the best possible care to the poorest women in London. Now nearing the 1960s, the community enters a new time of social change, while stories of birth, life and death continue to touch your heart. Will live-wire Nurse Trixie marry her young curate? What new project calls for a heart as big as Chummy's? How will Sister Evangelina react to two new nurses? And why does Sister Julienne appear so unsettled by a mystery benefactor?
DVD Verdict: In truth, I don't know whether this is historically accurate and some of the accents are not very Cockney, but 'Call The Midwife' is outstanding drama. For me, Judy Parfitt as the semi-demented Sister Monica Joan is the stand-out - as the other characters say, "Is she mad, or just seriously eccentric?" Exceptional acting.
lso Sister Julienne, while a little earnest, is a lovely character - wise and spiritual. Jenny Lee's character left me cold. Her love life always came across as a bit clunky, but her scenes as a midwife and with the nuns and other nurses were good. But as all followers of this incredible TV series know, Jenny has gone. Miranda Hart's nurse Chummy is outstanding. It's good to see a series celebrating women's work and issues.
Here in the fourth season, and not to give too much away, we kick of episode 1 with some children in trouble, and a new nurse. In episode 2, one of the sisters has health issues, and Trixie gets engaged. In episode 3, Dr. Turner has an outbreak of dysentery, and Nurse Crane has a mysterious patient to contend with. In episode 4, Sister Winifred educates women about syphilis, and a father is worried his unborn child won't be a boy. In episode 5, Dr. Turner is very much overworked, and so Sheila takes some of his patients. Sister Monica Jone also helps in a surprising way.
In episode 6, both a diabetic teenager and a gypsy caravan cause a fuss. In episode 7, there is a fire at the maternity home, and a mix-up for sister Evangelina causes some issues for everyone. And, finally, in episode 8, two nurses plan to move in together, and a deaf lady worries about her child. Oh, and get a hanky ready for the end of this one! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.