Sunday, October 21, 2012

Merry old London

"Call the Midwife", BBC
London, 1957. Jenny Lee is a nurse and works alongside the nuns of the Order of St. Raymond Nonnatus. Yet the small private East End hospital she believed to work for turns out to be a convent. At first there is a huge cultural shock, but step by step Jenny Lee accepts the poor conditions her fellow sisters live an, but step by step her reserve turns into respect, friendship and love.

Merry old England: "Call the Midwife" (BBC) is warm, bright, light-footed and well-acted, though maybe a bit glossy, a six-part series giving an insight into life in post-war London and the devotion of women dedicating herselves to new-born lives and to charity. (And, of course, to learning to ride a bicycle.)

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