This show is amazing ! Created by Heidi Thomas based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and set in East London in the 1950s. The series follows newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee and the work of midwives of Nonnatus House, a nursing convent. Coping with the medical problems in the deprived Poplar district of London's desperately poor East End.
The Sisters and midwives carry out many nursing duties across the community. However, with between 80 and 100 babies being born each month in poplar alone, the primary work is to help bring safe childbirth to women in the area and to look after their countless newborns.
What I like most is it's socially conscious not just spotlighting the important part in history the nationalized healthcare and taxpayer subsidized abortions as well as contraception has done for the poorer parts of a great old city like London. Not to mention it not being afraid to address tabu topics like incest, polygamy and the fears of raising children with birth defects.
Obviously it a bit more idealist but than some of the best shows are... A strong female cast that doesn't spend all it's time/storyline dealing with romantic relationships is amazing.
Yet it doesn't make the midwifes out to be cloistered and cold. One of the things that blew my mind was Chummy's getting married and immediately decides to go to Africa for 6 months, with or without her new husband. What an indomitable spirit. Least we not forget the adorable love story of the Doctor and Shelagh.
I can't wait to see what happens next in this excellent series!