Call the Midwife Will Fill the Hole Downton Abbey Left in Your Heart and DVR

Americans have to wait until January 2013 for the third season of Downton Abbey, but in the meantime, PBS has imported another British period drama series to air this fall. Call the Midwife—about a group of bicycle-riding, newly-trained midwives working out of a nursing convent in East London in the 1950s—was a huge hit in the UK, and actually beat the second season of Downton Abbey in ratings. The show, based on the best-selling memoirs by Jennifer Worth, follows young, fairly inexperienced midwives working in the midst of a baby boom shortly after the NHS came into effect in England. Sure, the clothing isn't as fancy with Eastenders as with the aristocratic Crawleys, but giving birth is surely bound to bring on a significant amount of drama. Besides, you can't get much more female-centric than a show completely about nuns, nurses and pregnant ladies.


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