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Started by Boomjuice on Jan 21, 2013 12:16:48 AM
Call The Midwife - Series II

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flossy - 21 Jan 2013 05:19:18 (#2 of 157)

I live in Australia, and thoroughly enjoyed series one. Had no idea there was a second series in the bag, and looking forward to our local ABC showing it at some time in the future,

Ripliad - 21 Jan 2013 05:21:31 (#3 of 157)

Please forgive me for interrupting this thread but I used to know Floss of old, and I just wanted to say that I hope Mr Floss is enjoying the Oz Open!

Moving swiflly on ....

flossy - 21 Jan 2013 06:14:39 (#4 of 157)

MrF is glued, glued I say, to the damned box!

flossy - 21 Jan 2013 06:16:11 (#5 of 157)

He just raised his glass of shandy and wished you happy viewing. Its the only exercise he's done all day.

Ripliad - 21 Jan 2013 06:18:43 (#6 of 157)

good, I'm glad to hear it!

StakludKar - 21 Jan 2013 22:02:20 (#7 of 157)

Sam Woollaston in the Graun and the guy from Metro hate it.

Doubles all round

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BrouTwo - 21 Jan 2013 22:17:30 (#9 of 157)

I liked it too. I didn't see the first series - is there any particular reason the midwives and nuns work together? And do the unmarried midwives live with the nuns?

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Simonethebeaver - 22 Jan 2013 00:52:08 (#11 of 157)

The nuns are a nursing order and run the show. The nurses are training with them. The book doesn't have any married midwives in it so no idea if that would have happened in real life.

The books are a lot more down to earth and the nurses are less naive. I'm finding some of the non-book embellishments irritating.

Lawlsie - 25 Jan 2013 20:46:49 (#12 of 157)

I'm enjoying it. I haven't read the midwife books but I did read the Shadow of the Workhouse, which was echoed a bit in the Christmas special. Utterly harrowing.

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binturong - 26 Jan 2013 01:28:08 (#14 of 157)

the nurses are less naive.

Relieved to hear it - that really annoyed me in series 1.

Nurses in hospitals usually lived in. I don't know how standard it was for midwives but I wouldn't be surprised to find they often had a similar system.

Simonethebeaver - 26 Jan 2013 13:57:07 (#15 of 157)

It's been a while since I read them but they've definitely softened things up and stuck some fake happy endings on. Both the stories in this week's episode are grimmer and end more sadly in the book. I don't think it helps or hinders to have read them as long as you accept this is Sunday Evening Drama.

Only the first book is really a 'midwife' book, Lawslie. The third one is about the breaking up of communities as the East End is moved out with slum clearance.

TatiaCamilla - 26 Jan 2013 13:59:08 (#16 of 157)

I was annoyed by the happy endings too, Simone.

Although also sniffly, and glad to have a drama about women of all ages and shapes being magnificent.

Moominmamma12 - 26 Jan 2013 13:59:58 (#17 of 157)

Sunday Evening Drama is the sort of telly I like, in general.

*Takes teeth out of glass, puts on tartan bedroom slippers, adjusts walking frame*

Moominmamma12 - 26 Jan 2013 14:01:57 (#18 of 157)

I sometimes watch reruns of 90s Sunday Evening Drama on ITV 3/4. The advertisers seem to think their audience are The Aged. I'm 37.

BrouTwo - 26 Jan 2013 17:07:53 (#19 of 157)

I got really into a repeat of a 1994 Touch Of Frost the other week. I sat rapt for the full two hours. Wish I'd had popcorn.

StakludKar - 26 Jan 2013 18:38:51 (#20 of 157)

re: the woman in series 1 with the 24 kids.

Assuming Jennifer Worth wasn't conflating 2 separate cases and exaggerating, it must be highly likely that she is either still alive and recognizes herself, or at least has some kids who can.

In data publishing terms this sort of info is 'disclosive' - in fact for some datasets that were published at street level for the Census there was stuff like high numbers of kids that was anonymised for exactly that reason (privacy concerns etc).

See, I'm not all that bothered by the Midwives per se rather than the stories of the women in it - you could think of it as a prequel to Eastenders.

That woman with the Syphillitic Vulval Chancre in the 1st episode last time almost certainly turned into Pat Butcher

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