Tuesday, 18 June 2013

DVD Review - Call the Midwife Season Two

Call the Midwife: Season Two
Starring: Jessica Raine, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt, Miranda Hart, and featuring Vanessa Redgrave
Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Retail: $39.98 ($44.98 in Canada)
Running Time: 555 minutes (plus bonus materials)


Arriving in stores today on DVD & Blu-ray is the critically acclaimed BBC series Call the Midwife: Season Two. The series is created & written by Heidi Thomas, which is based on the memoirs (Call the Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse, and Farewell to the Eastside) by the late Jennifer Worth.

Call the Midwife is set in the poverty-stricken East London in the 1950's, where Jenny Lee (played by Jessica Raine), works at the Nonnatus House, a convent that serves as a hospital for the poor. Along side her are her fellow nurses Trixie, Cynthia, Chummy, and the Sisters, Julienne, Evangelina, Bernadette and Monica Joan, who are all midwifes, but attend to other medical situations that occur around the poor neighborhoods.

Season two brings many more challenges to the midwives as each patient comes with their own problems which eventually become the midwives' problems. Nurse Chummy and her husband PC Noakes head off to Africa for missionary work, but they later return with life changing news. Sister Monica Joan's age is quickly catching up with her. Sister Bernadette has a health crisis as she struggles with her feelings for Dr. Turner. Jenny’s best-friend, Jimmy, is getting married, which stirs past feelings for her.

Call the Midwife: Season Two; Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine)

Disc One:
  • Christmas Special
  • Episode One
  • Episode Two

Disc Two:
  • Episode Three
  • Episode Four
  • Episode Five

Disc Three:
  • Episode Six
  • Episode Seven
  • Episode Eight
Special Feature:
  • Midwifery Adaptation & Detail

Call the Midwife: Season Two; Full Cast

I loved watching the first season last year on DVD and I eagerly watched the Christmas Special on PBS back in December, but I missed out on watching the eight episodes of season two, mostly due to a family emergency. I was looking forward to watching the Call the Midwife: Season Two DVD, which I received free of charge from BBC Home Entertainment in exchange for my honest review.

I never would have thought a television show about midwives would be interesting to me, but just like season one, I was hooked from the very first episode, which each one plays out more like a mini-movie. The cast is excellent, all giving wonderful performances; even the guest-stars are great. Heidi Thomas has creatively brought Jennifer Worth's memoirs to life. I highly recommend Call the Midwife: Season Two to everyone.

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