Hit British Hit TV Show,by Katlyn Joy | September 17, 2012
The highest-rated new drama launch in the history of BBC is coming to PBS and American television starting September 30, 2012 at 8 pm Eastern Time.
The drama series opening on BBC in February of 2012 drew 11.4 million viewers. The Neal Street production features Jessica Raine and Vanessa Redgrave as 22-year-old Jenny Lee, a midwife working in the slums of London's East End in the late 1950's.
The series is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and also features actors Pam Ferris, Jenny Agutter, Miranda Hart, Judy Parfitt as midwives. Vanessa Redgrave serves as the mature Jenny and plays the narrator. Other cast members include Helen George, Bryony Hannah, and Laura Main.
The drama is centered around the life of Jenny, played by Raines, who leaves a comfortable middle class life to become a midwife. Her life changes rapidly as she works as Nonnatus House alongside the nuns of the order there.
The show reveals to viewers what life was like in the late 50's in the East End and shows how the Order helped 80 to 100 women's births as well as their newborns each month during this time period. While they handle other nursing duties, their primary function was to assist women in giving birth safely.
The series' executive producer is Pippa Harris of Revolutionary Road and "The Hollow Crown," fame along with Heidi Thomas and Hugh Warren, of Survivors.
"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, said producer Harris.
The initial episode shows Jenny's introduction into this life as she encounters a woman pregnant for the 25th time, and a 15 year old prostitute expecting her first baby. The show gives viewers an intimate view of life there in London's East End in 1957, via Jenny who comes to admire the people she works with.
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