Staff Picks: Movies

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL catalog.

Call the Midwife

I am just smitten with Call the Midwife. Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, this BBC-produced series takes us back to the beginning of Worth’s career as a nurse-midwife in east end London during the post-war 1950s. We see her first arrive at Nonnatus House, where she and several other midwives minister to the varying social and health needs of their patients and families.

Jessica Raine portrays Jenny as kind, caring, and extremely sheltered. She knows naught from personal experience of bug infestations, dealing with the complications of syphilis, the desperation that drives 15-year old girls into prostitution. Over time, she shows her grit, combined with deep compassion, to become a fine midwife.

Still, it’s Nurse Camilla Fortescue Chumley Browne (Miranda Hart,) better known as ‘Chummy,’ who steals the show for me. When we first see her, she quips, “pa used to say ‘long dogs need short names.’” As she struggles to build her nursing skills, wrestles to learn bike riding (their primary form of transportation to their patients,) and overcome Sister Evangelina’s obvious disdain, she grabs the funniest lines and breathtaking moments.

Though based in the ‘50s, the show doesn’t lack for graphic intensity. You’ll see live births and hear the raw, honest language of the EastEnders. Set aside several hours, so you can watch without pause. Fortunately for all of us, the next season is on order and in our catalog, so we can place our holds now!


Call the Midwife


Very few shows or even movies take you back to London in the 1950's, that's why I love this series. It's kind of funny too, the humor is great. They also do a wonderful job with the clothing, and speech accent of Europeans in the 1950's. Great watch!
Thanks for your comment, Alison. You remind me that I should warn people: expect to laugh and cry with almost every episode.
Guys just sharing, I've found this interesting to watch and cool! Check it out!
I would not have found this series on my own - so thanks for the fantastic suggestion. The series is entertaining and thought provoking. The few tears make the fun moments all the more intense and real. It is beautifully written.
Chummy is a great character I agree, but my favorite from this series is the mystical, cake stealing Sister Monica Joan.
I love this as the humor is great.
This review sounds great retro 50's drama with some good humour as well. Look forward to checking this out.