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Call the Midwife--and Doc Martin

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

posted on July 31, 2013 12:20 PM ()


Couldn't get into Downton Abby but it inspired me to look for Upstairs Downstairs on Youtube--found every episode from every season!
comment by jjoohhnn on July 31, 2013 7:16 PM ()
Hi jj; Oh my, Upstairs Downstairs is a fond memory-years ago watched it all, and Downton Abbey reminds me of it.
What is it about those English that is so fascinating?
reply by susil on Aug 1, 2013 10:45 AM ()
I like Downton Abbey and Doc Martin and would like to find the midwife
episodes. We are still watching the Vicar of Dibley over and over just for
Owen and Jim.
comment by elderjane on July 31, 2013 6:18 PM ()
Hi Laura, I suppose a main character has to be bumped off now and then to pique the interest of viewers, but was surprised at the sudden car crash and death of that last one.
And how are you today? Well and happy I hope.
reply by susil on Aug 1, 2013 10:55 AM ()
I've seen several of the Doc Martin episodes, and enjoyed the scenery and the quirky characters. And some of the Midwife episodes - I wasn't sure if it was a mini-series and I saw all of it, or there was more to come. The end of Downton Abbey was really shocking - just when someone was going to be happy and have a two-parent family, yet another wrenching tragedy.
comment by troutbend on July 31, 2013 4:27 PM ()
Hi Laura; I'm gonna blame a wriggly puppy in my lap and diverting my attention on sending your reply to jeri! Sending you warm regards just the same!
reply by susil on Aug 1, 2013 10:59 AM ()
Interesting...I'll have to add this to my Netflix queque
comment by panthurdreams on July 31, 2013 3:52 PM ()
Hi panthur; These shows are interesting and deeply English, if you know what I mean..Hope you are well..
reply by susil on Aug 1, 2013 11:02 AM ()
I love Doc Martin! We don't see it regularly and the episodes are all out of order but its fun all the same.
comment by catdancer on July 31, 2013 1:47 PM ()
Hi karen; As soon as Doc Martin came into town, this really ugly, really shaggy gray haired dog attached himself to Doc who detests dogs--you know how that's gonna end up!
reply by susil on Aug 1, 2013 11:06 AM ()

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