Call the midwife anyone?

(67 Posts)
AloeSailor Tue 25-Dec-12 23:24:09

Can't believe the birth at the beginning, so realistic!

scrumpkin Tue 25-Dec-12 23:36:55

I know. Amazing! I cried.

CanYouHearMe Wed 26-Dec-12 00:20:08

Missed this. Will have to catch up on i-player tomorrow. Grrr.

merlottits Wed 26-Dec-12 11:05:24

Outstanding. Moving. The workhouse howl <<sob>>

mammmamia Wed 26-Dec-12 13:14:09

I've read the book but havent watched any of it on tv. I've sky plussed jt can't wait to watch

judefawley Wed 26-Dec-12 13:23:01

It was lovely, I cried buckets.

It was so obviously filmed in summer though; spraying fake frost all over everything didn't fool me.

Notquite Wed 26-Dec-12 13:25:54

MiL was characteristically bracing: 'There's no need to make all that noise when you're having a baby".

judefawley Wed 26-Dec-12 13:28:15

I said that too, not quite!

jinglebellyalltheway Wed 26-Dec-12 13:32:00

biggest load of bollocks ever! abandoned babies a rarity in the 50s??? shock at poverty and the concept of poor houses?? surely they all came across similar many times over! what was the big surprise?

and everyone is fixable, oh and the teenage mum who decided to keep the baby was just accepted down baby clinic and they all lived happily ever after.. and the old lady who had a lifetime of misery was "fixed" just like that!

yeah right hmm

Bilbobagginstummy Wed 26-Dec-12 13:39:37

Worth reading the books, jinglebelly - the Mrs Jenkins story in particular is terribly upsetting and being cleaner and more healthier didn't really heal anything more than the surface wounds.

Bilbobagginstummy Wed 26-Dec-12 13:40:18

I do agree about the fake frost though - they should have showered everything in mud!

Bunbaker Wed 26-Dec-12 13:43:59

I loved it as well, but found the fake frost too overdone. Who are they kidding?

Northernlebkuchen Wed 26-Dec-12 14:11:38

I found it very sad.

Bilbobagginstummy Wed 26-Dec-12 14:44:11

<realises I wrote "more healthier">
blush blush blush blush blush blush
<writes "healthier" OR "more healthy" 100 times>

Tryharder Wed 26-Dec-12 14:50:44

I thought it was really sad and was shock and sad at the end. I hadnt realised that Dan Stevens was leaving.

Tryharder Wed 26-Dec-12 14:51:45

Oh FFS. Wrong thread. Thought we were discussing Downton. Was sad at Call The Midwife as well. grin

Clawdy Wed 26-Dec-12 15:22:17

Oh thanks a lot,Tryharder!was deliberately avoiding Downton threads as planning to watch it tonight....angry

Northernlebkuchen Wed 26-Dec-12 16:09:40

Clawdy - she's made a mistake posting that's all. No need to get all angry

Heavywheezing Wed 26-Dec-12 16:15:28

Downtown was pants, just watch the last five minutes

mrsjay Thu 27-Dec-12 11:06:44

we watched it last night slowly catching up on christmas telly, I loved it and cried and sobbed was mrs jenkins her from benidorm

FrankH Thu 27-Dec-12 23:37:50

Not a programme I would normally have watched - but other members of my family wanted to watch it, so I did as well.

So glad I did. It's one of the best things I've seen on TV. Extremely moving in a non-sentimental way. That it's based on a real life memoir makes it even more heartbreaking.

Apart from the fake frost, great production and direction. Marvellous acting from a stellar cast.

This deserves all the accolades and awards that Downton Abbey so undeservedly got (I like DA - but it's trivial rubbish in comparison to CTM). I suspect that many right-wing Americans will dislike CTM intensely because they will think it's Communist/Socialist propaganda for the NHS and Obama's health policies.

On the other hand, PC "liberals" will dislike it because of the nuns and the strong Christian environment.

Pixel Fri 28-Dec-12 00:35:47

I think we should all go back to speaking like Chummy. "Down to the napkin if you please".

I'm definitely going to start saying "Bravo!" grin.

mrsjay Fri 28-Dec-12 11:55:58

I think we should all go back to speaking like Chummy. "Down to the napkin if you please".

I'm definitely going to start saying "Bravo!"

QUITE grin

dd bought me the dvd for christmas think i will watch it tonight,

hattymattie Fri 28-Dec-12 13:24:44

I think DS was a bit overly influenced by Chummy - he's been saying "beastly" and "simply ghastly" all week. I've told him he needs to tone it down unless he wants to get beaten up at school; grin

mrsjay Fri 28-Dec-12 14:07:04

he's been saying "beastly" and "simply ghastly" all week. I've told him he needs to tone it down unless he wants to get beaten up at school;

hehe grin

LRDtheFeministDude Sat 29-Dec-12 01:06:52

Late to this - and I loved it too - but FWIW I read that the nuns whose order is the factual basis for the books did indeed say they only had one abandoned baby during their time there. He was christened John Divine (because they're actually the sisters of St John the Divine, not St Raymond Nonatus, which is a made-up name). So I think that was factual.

I thought they did tone down the Mrs Jenkins story a lot, but it was still very poignnt and I certainly got teary.

I knew it was coming but I loved Miranda Hart saying '...because under this coat, I am practically naked!' grin

Her bloke is a bit of alright too.

PimpMyHippo Sat 29-Dec-12 01:10:14

I'm bumping this because I've just watched it on sky+. I normally have a heart of stone and never cry, but the bit in the churchyard made me BAWL. sad Especially when she was glad Rosie was tucked up nice and safe... waaaaahhhh! <snotty sobs> blush

PimpMyHippo Sat 29-Dec-12 01:11:01

Cross post LRD, how odd that we both posted on a day-old thread at the same time!

WandaDoff Sat 29-Dec-12 01:15:22

I've got the books, so I'd read the stories already.

They did so well though, especially the Mrs Jenkins story. Wonderful acting, I sobbed & I almost never do that at TV.

LRDtheFeministDude Sat 29-Dec-12 01:16:28

Wow. That's some cross-post, yes!

I was really surprised this was such a short thread, though ... it was so good, I thought the MN thread would be teeming with posts.

I also found the bit about Rosie being 'tucked up' very sad. Though somehow not quite as sad as the book where the author just very simply states what happened to her children. Reading it, I'd not been expecting that and I was really shocked.

LRDtheFeministDude Sat 29-Dec-12 01:17:26

No way! I've cross posted with wanda.

I just finished watching as well. Thank goodness she didn't have to adopt her baby I was welling up at the thought of it. Great post Frankh I agree America may not love this as much Downton.

Also I kept looking at all that frost and thought it was a bit odd.

GW297 Sat 29-Dec-12 01:31:41

Best thing on tv so far this Christmas.

FeckOffCup Sat 29-Dec-12 17:53:38

I think Mrs Jenkins was her from Benidorm, I couldn't take her seriously as a down and out, kept expecting her to spark up a fag and unleash a string of expletives against someone grin.

diddl Sat 29-Dec-12 19:22:29

I thought it was rubbish tbh.

The teenage girl keeping the baby??!!

I only watch for Chummy!

ILoveSaladReallyIDo Sat 29-Dec-12 19:37:17

IMO at best the parents would adopt the baby as their own and raise it as the teenager's brother, that was the only way a lot of teenagers got to "keep" their babies back then?

Bilbobagginstummy Sat 29-Dec-12 20:35:30

Have you actually read the books?

ILoveSaladReallyIDo Sat 29-Dec-12 20:41:11

why do people tell you to read the book if you hate the TV program/film?
isn't that a bit silly, you read the book if you like what you've seen of it so far. There is nothing I liked about the TV program, I only watched it because others put it on at Christmas.

I hated star wars too, should I get the books incase they're a bit different? or should I stick to things I liked and not waste my time persevering with things I had a taste of and hated?

it was all happily endings rubbish, that's not even how working in health care is now never mind back then!

Bilbobagginstummy Sat 29-Dec-12 20:47:35

Fuck off then, if you want to rubbish real life truths because you know better.

ILoveSaladReallyIDo Sat 29-Dec-12 20:51:52

its a DRAMATISATION based on memoirs! chill out! some people like it some people don't! I don't have to make myself change my mind about the program by wading through the books!

ILoveSaladReallyIDo Sat 29-Dec-12 20:52:52

(anyway even if I did like the books I still though the program was a load of shite so what difference would reading the books make??)

Bunbaker Sat 29-Dec-12 21:10:40

Why did you watch it then? (puzzled). I don't watch TV programmes I don't enjoy - sport, reality TV, soaps. Our TV has an off button.

Besides, if I can't find anything I want to watch I have loads of stuff recorded that I need to catch up on.

I think the general consensus is that CTM is well made, well acted and has some excellent plot lines so rather than being "sh**e" TV it is TV that doesn't cater to your taste.

ILoveSaladReallyIDo Sat 29-Dec-12 21:19:47

I wasn't in my own house by myself when it was on. I won't watch any more of it. I already said why I had to sit through it.

I'm as allowed to say I thought it was tripe as you are to say you lurved it! This is the telly addicts section and chatting about the good bad and ugly of Christmas TV is allowed here last time I looked!

ILoveSaladReallyIDo Sat 29-Dec-12 21:20:07

my disliking it doesn't stop anyone else from watching it does it???

LRDtheFeministDude Sat 29-Dec-12 21:41:45

I think people say you might like the books because there's a lot in the books they can't show in a short TV programme or series. I find it hard to know if I'd have liked it so much without reading them first, is all.

GimmeIrnBru Tue 01-Jan-13 19:19:29

This Christmas special had me in tears, tbh. I cried when Jenny took Mrs Jenkins to the common grave where all her children were buried. What a sad moment it was.

MarthasHarbour Tue 01-Jan-13 21:04:59

I have read the books and wondered how they were going to deliver Mrs Jenkins' story. And it didnt disappoint. Even though i knew that she lost all her children i sobbed at the common graveyard scene, and yes the bit where she patted Rosie's grave and said she was tucked up all warm.

I have a 3yo DS and havent been able to stop hugging him for days, the morning after i watched it he came into bed with me and gave me a cuddle and i cried blush The fact this is all based upon a true story made it all the more poignant.

Regarding the teenager who got to keep her baby; there was another thread going on in Chat i think just after the show finished where a couple of posters (BoF was one of them) who said that this happened in their families in the 50s/60's, in that the father allowed the daughter to keep her baby. So indeed it did happen. You could see that the dad in CTM was soft on his daughter (appreciated all she did around the house etc).

I just loved it - and am v excited for series 2 this month - when does it start?

MarthasHarbour Tue 01-Jan-13 21:06:15

Also the mother couldnt have taken on her daughter's baby as she had only just had a baby 3 months earlier (remember she said she was 3 months gone on the holiday where the teenager must have got pregnant)

Oh, that's true, that makes sense - if the mother had a three month old she couldn't have covered it up.

I think it's quite common for there to be an 'older sister' who is actually the mother, isn't it? Certainly I've heard of it quite often. Though I don't know how that would work with an abandoned baby?

I want series 2 to start too!

PimpMyHippo Tue 01-Jan-13 21:18:30

I downloaded the complete set of the books onto my Kindle after enjoying the programme so much, and read them all in the space of about 3 days. Wonderful books. smile I haven't seen much of the TV series, so don't know which stories have been televised, but I liked Frank and Peggy, the siblings who were seperated in the workhouse and found each other again years later; and Chummy and the "ship's woman", I was utterly shock at her "job"!

MarthasHarbour Tue 01-Jan-13 21:56:13

ah yes the ships woman... hmm <hoiks bosom> that hasnt been done yet, maybe series 2 - the simply have to show this story!

apparently Meg'n'Mave are making an appearance in s2 grin

Oh, yes. The ship's woman one I found really unpleasant, TBH.

But it does seem they've plenty of material and I like how they've also managed to introduce some new storylines.

MarthasHarbour Tue 01-Jan-13 22:14:01

apparently after S1 many other midwives from the era came forward with additional stories to tell. Which has enabled them to write another series.

alemci Tue 01-Jan-13 23:10:23

yes I cried when the carol came on and the nativity. It was lovely and so sad at the same time

Oh, that's so lovely, marthas. I wondered if they'd just made it up, or what.

MarthasHarbour Wed 02-Jan-13 09:13:34

I know - i was pleased that they are still all true stories.

I too have to stop myself talking like Chummy (utterly wizard!) and want to dress like Trixie and Jenny, growing my hair into the style and everyfink!


LAlady Wed 02-Jan-13 23:42:56

Watched it this evening. Very emotional from start to finish.

MarthasHarbour Thu 03-Jan-13 09:30:55

I watched it again last night and cried yet AGAIN at the graveyard scene sad

watched it last night and quite disappointed. i normally love Call the midwife but I found it too contrived and obvious.

and it felt like a Chirstmas Speical which it ws.. less of the gritty than usual

YulaBaker Fri 04-Jan-13 13:23:38

I missed series one... Do I need to have seen it to enjoy the Christmas Special or is the CS a stand alone story, iyswim?

YulaBaker Sun 06-Jan-13 15:30:48


LaVolcan Sun 06-Jan-13 17:51:08

I think the CS was stand alone, although if you had seen the series it would give a fuller picture.

Checking in. Be the first time ive ever watched it 'live' - usually im.on catch up scrolling through these threads as I go grin

Thoght the Christmas Day one was amazing.

kittensarecute Mon 07-Jan-13 00:50:36

I love this show, especially Chummy - she's so sweet.

IceNoSlice Mon 07-Jan-13 01:02:20

Loved the Christmas episode, and think Chummy is wizard!

But the really fake snow drove me nuts! No need!

picketywick Mon 07-Jan-13 11:12:28

CALL THE MIDWIFE I prefer Miranda in her sit-com.

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