I enjoy watching PBS, am a fan Downton Abbey, of course, which is on hiatus. But I'm enjoying two serials at present; one is Call The Midwife. Set in a 1950's English slum, the story is about young women trained in midwifery and home health care visits. They are overseen by nuns. Boring? Not on your life.
One nun, sister Bernadette, falls in love with a widowed doctor with a son. In one episode, she realizes the depth of his feelings when he hands her something and kisses the palm of her hand. One of those "supressed longing and denial by her" moments. But then she has to go into a sanitorium for treatment for TB (I think that's it) and the doctor writes her letters which she refuses to read. She finally reads them and decides after much soul searching to give up her nun life, and join him in secular happiness.
One story was about a woman pregnant with her sixth child, the youngest just a baby. She, hubby, and kids live in a miserable rat infested flat. She is so worn out, utterly tired, you can feel it. The visiting nurse is alarmed her patient will do something drastic, but can't stop events.
The pregnant woman sends hubby out for knitting needles to try to abort herself. She tells her hubby if she has to have another baby, she'll do away with herself. then she goes to an abortionist, a local woman who puts her on a filthy kitchen table and pokes dirty instruments up her--she goes home and starts bleeding and falls gravely ill with sepsis.
Then there's the wryly humorous series "Call Doc Martin" played by Martin Clune. He's an English surgeon who has to give up surgical practice because the sight of blood makes him ill. He goes to a little seaside town in Cornwall and opens office. He is an uptight stiff character, surrounded by zany citizens. One story was about a young guy, a vet of the war in Croatia, who has lost his mind, and lives alone--except for the giant squirrel he thinks lives with him.
The former doctor gave the vet pills to keep him calm, but Doc Martin realized they were placebos. It was only after the vet caused a big scene and the townspeople chided Doc Martin, saying "Oh give the boy his pills!" did the doc relent and peace was restored.
Hope you get to see some of these episodes.
Love to one and all, susil