Generally speaking, I am not a fan of medical dramas. I’m more of a crime series kinda girl. So, Law and Order (SVU and CI) is definitely one of those shows I can watch for hours non-stop. But, after Downton Abbey Season 3 ended earlier in the year (and after satisfying my craving by watching repeat episodes), I went in search of another period drama series. That’s how I found ‘Call the Midwife’ on BBC.
Although I am used to watching BBC dramas from Victorian, Edwardian, etc eras, this one was different as it was set in the ’50s. As in, late 1950s. That’s where the story starts and it of course progresses into the ’60s from what I have read. I know … no more corsets and long flowing ball gowns, but they definitely had some cute fashion trends in the ’50s.
I am still watching Season 1, loving it and learning so much about Britain in that era in the process. Possibly what I found so surprising was the level of poverty in the East end. Plus, they did not shy away from race issues. Somehow in the midst of all this, I thought about Buchi Emecheta’s Second Class citizen, which I was forced to read for JAMB. I actually began to understand, in a different way, some of the issues she tackled in that book, because it was set in roughly the same era (1960s) as Call the Midwife.
I have no idea how the season will end, but one thing is certain: it has instilled in me a greater appreciation of life … and death. And helped me get over what Julian Fellowes did to Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey. Forgiveness is possible, after all. 😀
Picture Source: PBS