Call the Midwife. BBC

Call the Midwife. BBC



Kieran Kinsella

Season one of Call The Midwife was a surprise hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Heidi Thomas (Upstairs Downstairs) did an amazing job of adapting Jennifer Worth’s characters for the small screen. Millions of fans laughed, wept and cheered as Jenny, Chummy and friends delivered babies and helped some of London’s poorest folks to rise above their lot in life.

Season two, was arguably even better than the first season of the show because we didn’t have to waste time with introductions. We just jumped straight into the action as Sister Evangelina and Trixie risked life and limb to deliver a baby aboard a cargo ship. The first episode of season two set a tone and a tempo that was to remain in place for the rest of the 2013′s new episodes. Without giving too much away, we saw one nurse give birth, a family reunion involving a beloved cast member, and we saw Jenny (Jessica Raine) battling to juggle her career and her love life.

All of the season one regulars returned for season two including Jessica Raine, Pam Ferris, Jenny Agutter and of course Vanessa Redgrave as the narrator. The cast was further bolstered with the addition of some big name cast members including Stephen McGann (The Hanging Gale) and Karl Johnson (Lark Rise to Candleford). The producers also unearthed some new talent in the form of Bryony Hannah and Eoin Geoghegan. Suffice to say, the acting is top notch.

Each episode in BBC America’s Call The Midwife Season Two DVD includes no less than 10 minutes of previously unseen footage. Over the course of the series, that’s almost an hour and a half of action that you didn’t get to see when the program aired on PBS. The additional footage doesn’t greatly alter any of the episode’s storylines but it does provide some more context to the ongoing story arcs. Additionally, you get to learn a little more about the key characters which makes them even more endearing . . . well most of them.

DVD extras also include extensive cast interviews and an exploration of the process to convert Jennifer Worth’s novels into top quality TV. The three disc set has a total running time of 555 minutes. It is also very conservatively priced at just $39.98 for the DVD set while the Blu-ray version costs just $5 more. That is amazing value for money when you consider the cost of buying whole seasons of most U.S. produced shows. This is a must buy DVD.

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