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7 Reasons 'Downton Abbey' Fans Should Be Watching 'Call the Midwife'

 
 
 
7 Reasons 'Downton Abbey' Fans Should Be Watching 'Call the Midwife'

Are you missing  Downton Abbey and devastated next season will be its last? Fear not: you don't have to wait another year to get another fabulous BBC period drama! The greatest show you're not watching, Call the Midwife, starts this Sunday at 8pm on PBS. 

Call the Midwife chronicles the lives of the midwives of Nonnatus House in London's impoverished East End, where the women deliver babies but also offer general medical care to the residents of their ward. These strong women live and work together under the watchful care of the nuns who run Nonnatus House. It's a little bit funny, a little bit sweet, a little bit feminist and a whole lot of top-notch acting with gripping storylines. If you tune in, you will be glad you did, guaranteed. 

Here are 7 reasons why you should give  Call the Midwife a shot--whether you're a  Downton Abbey fan or not!

If You Like...

Downton's juicy soap-opera drama wrapped in gorgeous time-period costumes

Then You Will Love...

CTM's juicy soap-opera drama wrapped in gorgeous time period costumes.  Downton is currently in the 1920s while Call the Midwife's new season takes place in the Swingin' 60s, but both are set in England and follow the personal lives of many colorful characters against the backdrop of the social issues of the time.

If You Like...

Maggie Smith's killer one-liners and wry antics as the Dowager Countess of Grantham

Then You Will Love...

Judy Parfitt as the dotty old nun Sister Monica Joan. She, along with the other nuns of Nonnatus House, regularly steal the show with their hilarious quips. They rule Nonnatus with an iron fist, but they love the midwives and the people of Poplar. Sister Monica Joan, in particular, is remarkable as an aging nun who is more than a little off her rocker but still full of wisdom. She and the rest of the nuns will have you crying with laughter. 

If You Like...

Lady Mary, Lady Edith, and Lady Sybil (RIP!), Lady Rose, and their complicated relationships

Then You Will Love... 

Jenny, Trixie, Chummy, Cynthia, and Patsy. The midwives at Nonnatus are all young, wide-eyed women who come to the East End utterly unprepared for the poverty and hard work before them. Each woman has a distinct and well-thought-out life story and approaches midwifery in a different way. Rather than present one token female character to represent all women (as many shows do), CTM is stuffed to the gills with smart, capable, complicated women. If Trixie's sass doesn't put a smile on your face, check your pulse.

If You Like...

seeing the stars of Downton pop up in movies and other TV shows

Then You Will Love...

seeing the stars of Call the Midwife pop up all over the place. Like Downton Abbey, this show is a crown jewel in the BBC empire and it attracts A-list talent who have the resumes to prove it. Miranda Hart, who plays Chummy, has her own sitcom and will appear opposite Melissa McCarthy and Allison Janney in next year's movie Spy. Jessica Raine, who plays Nurse Jenny, has three new series coming up this year, included the highly-anticipated adaptation of Wolf Hall. If you get hooked on C TM, you will see the actors everywhere you look. 

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Source: buddytv.com
 
 
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