We recently got Netflix and I have begun watching the BBC series Call the Midwife. I am on the 7th or 8th episode of the first of six seasons (with a seventh in the works?) and I am loving it.
Here’s what Wikipedia says about it:
The series was created by Heidi Thomas, originally based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth who worked with the Community of St. John the Divine, an Anglican religious order, at their convent in the East End in London. The order was founded as a nursing order in 1849. The memoirs have since been expanded to include new, historically sourced material. For the most part it depicts the day-to-day lives of the midwives and those in their local neighbourhood of Poplar, with certain historical events of the era having a direct or indirect effect on the characters and storylines. Such events include: the knock-on effects of the post-World War II baby boom, post-war immigration and the 1948 founding of the NHS in the first series and beyond; the introduction of gas and air as a form of pain relief and unexploded ordnance in the second series; the Child Migrants Programme and the threat of nuclear warfare (including emergency response guidelines issued by local Civil Defence Corps) in the fourth series; and the thalidomide scandal and the introduction of the contraceptive pill in the fifth series.
Watching this, I am reminded of something I read regarding Anglo-Catholic outreach to the poor. I wish one of my knowledgeable readers would help me find more information about this. Perhaps someone would like to do a guest post?
This series has lovely moments of the nuns singing the Psalms in Anglican plainsong. It has, at least in season one so far, a beautiful Christian ethos about it. Delightful stories of love, of genuinely seeing Christ in the poor and downcast, of a Christmas pageant involving children that makes me wonder—are these things still being done? I remember them from my childhood. And I think my older son took part in one at school before Christ was whisked out of the public schools in Canada.
Has anyone else enjoyed this series?