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To think Call the Midwife is too depressing

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jewelledsky Sun 24-Feb-13 20:03:18

for a Sunday night and to almost be tempted by Top Gear as a light viewing alternative? Where is Downton Abbey?

McNewPants2013 Sun 24-Feb-13 21:27:13

I love CTMW, last week episode with the botched abortion was hard to watch but in those time that's what women faced.

When I watched that I thought to myself there are still women in the world still having back street abortion, which I found very heart wrenching

ALMOSTMRSG Sun 24-Feb-13 21:28:06

Tonights episode reminded me of my lovely dad. He lost his siblings to TB in the 40's and left him in poor health and disabled as the TB weakened his spine. Life is often sad. Call The Midwife reflects life as it once was.

LaurieFairyCake Sun 24-Feb-13 21:29:43

Last weeks was very hard to watch, this weeks was lovely and uplifting.

minouminou Sun 24-Feb-13 21:31:14

I see it as a love letter to the NHS because you see how it made a difference to people's lives. The episode with poor old Mrs Jenkins (with the toenails)....she thought the nurses were coming to take her back to the workhouse, because thst's the only "social care" she'd ever known.
It makes me really appreciate the NHS because this series throws into relief just how much of a revelation/relief/amazing gift it is.

Which makes me feel doubly sad when I see what's happening to it.

pumpkinsweetie Sun 24-Feb-13 21:34:26

I really enjoy Call The Midwidesmile.
Series one was good, and this one even better. Yes there are lots of sad tales, but in those days there wasn't as much medical advances like there are now. I, myself find it really interesting watching what women in childbirth went through in that era.
Haven't watched todays one as i have just had a mc & it's too raw for me right now but in time i will get back to watching it.

pumpkinsweetie Sun 24-Feb-13 21:36:32

I agree miniou, awful isn't it how this government are set to ruin the NHS.
It may not be perfect, but the NHS is there and is mostly very good.

McNewPants2013 Sun 24-Feb-13 21:36:34

Sorry for your loss pumpkin thanks

pumpkinsweetie Sun 24-Feb-13 21:36:56

Thankyou Mcnew x

ConferencePear Sun 24-Feb-13 21:41:57

It makes me very thankful not just for the medical advances but the changes in social attitudes. The shame of having a baby out of marriage for example and work opportunities for mothers.

ConferencePear Sun 24-Feb-13 21:43:01

It makes me very thankful not just for the medical advances but the changes in social attitudes. The shame of having a baby out of marriage for example and work opportunities for mothers.

Viviennemary Sun 24-Feb-13 21:47:22

It does make people (like me anyway) grateful for the NHS and better housing and grateful that attitudes to a lot of things have changed. I think some people did lead very grim lives in those days. But there was a really good community spirit.

DonderandBlitzen Sun 24-Feb-13 21:52:35

The Call the Midwife Book had some really upsetting bits, but the book "Shadows of the Workhouse" that she also wrote was even more upsetting i think. I hope that they don't make a TV dramatisation of it as it was just too upsetting.

scarlettsmummy2 Sun 24-Feb-13 21:57:18

I agree, it's been very upsetting this series. I have been in floods of tears every episode in a way I wasn't with the first series.

LaVolcan Sun 24-Feb-13 22:14:10

I thought this week's quite touching, with the old man saying to the baby 'I'm just going while your arriving,' and telling him it would be his job to get the barrels up.

thegreylady Sun 24-Feb-13 22:16:58

To me it is one of very few things I can be bothered to watch. It isn't a period bodice ripper but is rooted in our recent history. In the 50's I was growing up in a council house ina NE pit village. I remember the mobile Xray vans very well.
CTM avoids most of the saccharine sentimentality of most Sunday evening viewing.

thegreylady Sun 24-Feb-13 22:19:23

The character Jane plays a central part in Shadows of the Workhouse which is gritty and harrowing. I think they have used sanitised excerpts from it in this and the first series.

JazzAnnNonMouse Sun 24-Feb-13 22:21:20

They've used storylines from 'shadows of the workhouse' already so I'm guessing that they are combining the two smile

Cornwall73 Sun 24-Feb-13 22:28:40

I don't find it depressing, I think it's a very necessary dramatisation of social history that you don't learn about at school. Conditions were grim and the NHS made a huge difference. I read the three books and if anything I find the TV series too sanitised. The books are very harrowing especially the workhouse ones.

DonderandBlitzen Sun 24-Feb-13 22:34:09

Oh have they? I must admit I've not watched many of the TV episodes. blush Her story was so deeply upsetting in Shadows of the Workhouse it was unbearable I thought.

PedlarsSpanner Sun 24-Feb-13 22:40:28

gosh no I find it a wonderful prog

and joy of joys, Chummy's back from her travels next week too


Tansie Sun 24-Feb-13 22:43:47

My nearly 12 year old DS watched it with me last week (the back-street abortion one.)

It was a great opportunity for me to talk about the wonders of contraception, the horrors of endless child-producing, the poverty it brings and how The Pill brought us out of the dark ages. It was sufficiently uplifting where we see that the woman survived but I think that as a social history esp for DS, it's been useful. He was really disappointed this week that Top Gear won in my house (philistine older DB...) but I said we'd watch it together on iplayer tomorrow.

Sure, I can't 'just sit there'- as you can't if you have a curious DC beside you, watching anything but early-evening light entertainment rubbish, but the opportunity to explain stuff is great.

And yay to the NHS.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sun 24-Feb-13 22:47:55

I love the show, but feel that it should be post 9pm watershed viewing.

So sorry about your mc, pumpkin.

DeepRedBetty Sun 24-Feb-13 23:09:13

ddtwins and I have been hooked from the very first episode (they're just turned 14). I find it a beautifully balanced drama and I'm delighted to find something that isn't Friends or Big Bang Theory or wall to wall MTV that they're willing to watch. Also they've picked up loads of social history from it - as indeed have I, and I thought I was well educated!

Suzieismyname Sun 24-Feb-13 23:42:56

It's great TV. I've just read the first two books on holiday and they were absolutely gripping. Some of it is so sad and some is so uplifting. I'm definitely more grateful to be having my children in the 21st century rather than the beginning/middle of the 20th!
It's amazing to think how times have changed, especially what we perceive to be poverty!

DonderandBlitzen Sun 24-Feb-13 23:59:35

Something that has never left me from the first book is her description of the smell of the ante natal clinic. It smelled because she had to heat up their wee over a bunsen burner to test it and also because some of them didn't have the means to wash regularly and so were smelly down below when she had to examine them, plus some had infections. I think the author was quite gifted in her descriptions of how vile the smell was and it still makes me cringe a bit to think of it.

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