Saturday, May 14, 2016

Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife (BBC) follows the lives of a group of midwives in Britain following World War II and beyond.  Currently just into the 1960s, it is a deep look at the lives of the midwives, the people they serve, and the growing issues of the times.  It is intense and sometimes emotionally draining,  The acting is superior.

The geography is that of lower middle class urban Britain.  The people served are poor and their issues reflect that.  The setting is urban and, as it is Britain, older.  The housing is never new.  The streets are never wide.  It shows Britain as lived by average folk after the War.

Older buildings, tightly together are the rule.  The system of daily life is of small stores.  The streets are narrow and never seem to find that wide open space.  Life is tight and confined.  Prospects seem dim for many.

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