By Jennifer Worth
The highest-rated drama in BBC historical past, name the Midwife will satisfaction enthusiasts of Downton Abbey
Viewers far and wide have fallen in love with this candid examine post-war London. within the Nineteen Fifties, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her cozy domestic to maneuver right into a convent and turn into a midwife in London's East finish slums. whereas supplying infants everywhere in the urban, Jenny encounters a colourful forged of women—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the girl with twenty-four little ones who can't converse English, to the prostitutes of the city's seedier side.
Based on Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoirs, name the Midwife is the genuine tale at the back of the loved PBS sequence.
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