For fans of British telly, the first day of the PBS annual meeting in Denver could easily be the best given the announcement by the network that they have acquired the broadcast rights to the mega-BBC drama hit, Call the Midwife, which stars Vanessa Redgrave, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris and Jessica Raine. Fans of the British comedy series, Miranda, will love seeing Miranda Hart in her first dramatic role also. While currently in production on series two in the UK, which will premiere on BBC 1 this Fall, PBS will premiere series one beginning Sunday, September 30 at 8p ET/7p CT. Downton Abbey fans will love this one as you follow Jenny as she navigates the lower London East End filled with children, workers and a culture that is remarkably different from the wealthy English countryside where she was raised.
Call the Midwife is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. The story follows twenty-two year old Jenny (Jessica Raine), who in 1957 leaves her comfortable home to become a midwife in London’s East End slums. She expects to find a hospital, and is surprised to find that the clinic is a convent. Working alongside her fellow nurses and the medically-trained nuns of Nonnatus House, Jenny quickly experiences the harsh living conditions of the East End while discovering the warm hearts and the bravery of the mothers where each one a heroine in Jenny’s eyes.
Sundays will definitely be appointment telly this Fall on PBS with Call the Midwife leading in to the second season of the PBS Masterpiece presentation of Upstairs Downstairs.