By Jennifer Worth
The highest-rated drama in BBC background, name the Midwife will pride fanatics of Downton Abbey
Viewers in all places have fallen in love with this candid examine post-war London. within the Fifties, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her cozy domestic to maneuver right into a convent and turn into a midwife in London's East finish slums. whereas supplying infants everywhere in the urban, Jenny encounters a colourful forged of women—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the lady with twenty-four childrens who can't communicate English, to the prostitutes of the city's seedier side.
Based on Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoirs, name the Midwife is the real tale at the back of the liked PBS sequence.
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