• • • • • • • There’s a baby, of course. Also a nativity play, a heart-rending story of loss and lots and lots of tears; it could only be the Call The Midwife Christmas Special. But a word of warning – it might leave you a blubbering wreck too. ‘I was in bits,’ admits a red-eyed Jessica Raine, who plays the main character Jenny Lee, when we meet after the cast screening of the eagerly awaited show. ‘The whole room was in tears.
That was the first time I’ve seen it and it really puts you through the wringer. I thought it was beautiful.’. Emotional: The Christmas special of Call The Midwife could leave you like a blubbering wreck Call The Midwife was the unexpected hit of the year. The story of a group of midwives who work out of a convent in the impoverished East End of London in the 50s seemed so niche that even its producers wondered who would watch it. It turned out rather a lot of us did, with viewing figures of up to 11.4 million. ‘What was surprising was the variation of the audience,’ says Jenny Agutter, who plays head nun Sister Julienne. Pervasive psql v11 keygen crack autocad download. ‘As well as the people we presumed would be our core audience, there were children, older people and men.
Hope you all had a lovely day yesterday, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. It’s certainly holiday season in Poplar, with Fred kicking things off by dressing as Santa and arriving at Nonnatus in an improvised rocket-sled (apparently the guy who was supposed to supply reindeer let them down or whatever). Call the Midwife (2012) Call the Midwife is a drama series adapted for television by Heidi Thomas from Jennifer Worth's best selling memoir, book of the same name. The series is a colourful look at the world of midwifery and family life in 1950's East End London.
The success really has been thrilling.’ Give the show a try and it’s highly likely you’ll be hooked – as well as weeping. It has several tricks up its sleeve, and the first is the babies. Lots of gorgeous babies. ‘You can’t help but be touched by the babies,’ says Jenny. ‘There’s always something extraordinary that comes with a newborn child. There’s a lot of hope; everything seems possible.’ These joyous moments are juxtaposed with tales of the unbelievable hardship and cruelty experienced by many of the women the midwives have to treat; stories that are all the more poignant because they’re based on the real-life memoirs of Jennifer Worth, on whose books the series is based. ‘It has a lot of very difficult story lines,’ says Jessica, 30.
Call The Midwife acknowledges that life is not so easily wrapped up in tinsel ‘They’re often quite dark. So while you have the nostalgia of the piece, it’s shot through with things that are tricky emotionally. And that is very grown-up – it doesn’t patronise the audience.’ The Christmas Special has an unwanted baby born to a teenager, and the sob-inducing tale of semi-vagrant Mrs Jenkins, played by Sheila Reid, who lost her children and her sanity in the workhouse. Other shows might make these tales more palatable and give them happy endings; but while there is plenty of joy in Call The Midwife, it acknowledges that life is not so easily wrapped up in tinsel. ‘This isn’t escapism,’ says Jessica.
‘I know it’s got the beautiful 50s nostalgia which is definitely part of it for me, but what I love are the difficult stories. You see it clearly in the Christmas episode; it’s hard stuff but it has a redemptive quality. It’s not all chocolate-box happy.