Call the Midwife, the highest-rated drama debut in BBC history, is a fascinating portrayal of birth, life and death in a world drastically different from today’s. Focusing on the joys and hardships of a group of midwives working in London’s East End in the 1950s, the series offers an unconventional twist to Sunday-night British dramas. The six-part series premieres Sunday, Sept. 30 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET2 and at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET.
Based on the best-selling memoirs by the late Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife follows a young Jenny Lee as she and her fellow midwives, attached to an order of nursing nuns, navigate the crowded East End streets teeming with children, workers and a culture remarkably different from the wealthy English countryside where Jenny was raised. Initially shocked by the health and living conditions of the East End, Jenny soon learns to admire the families she works with, along with the sisters and fellow midwives who witness the daily drama of life in this vibrant community.
Says Craig Cornwell, KET’s programming director: “From the beautifully drawn characters to the life-and-death situations, this new series not only takes us back to what life was like back in the 1950s, but it also shows the incredibly dedicated service of these now-forgotten midwives. But be forewarned: you’ll find yourself laughing and crying and anxiously waiting for the next episode.”
Call the Midwife first premiered earlier this year in the U.K. Attracting 11.4 million viewers for its peak episode, Call the Midwife was the highest-rated BBC new drama debut on record.
Note: Call the Midwife contains mature content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised, and the program is rated TV-14.
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