The season finale of Call the Midwife on PBS airs this Sunday and from all the previews I have read it definitely will require a box of tissues at hand. This is a wonderful show and I must admit that I enjoy it as much, if not more than Downton Abbey. The characters are interesting and with the absence of Nurse Lee in a few episodes ( and maybe in future seasons?) the other nurses have been able to shine. And as always, the stories of the expectant mothers bring the drama and true heart to the series with their struggles in bringing new life into the poverty of London's East End.
The time period is also an interesting one. In 1959, it was a peaceful era; over 10 years removed from the war years and headed into the changes that the tumultuous 1960's would bring. The dresses are beautiful with their nipped in waists and full skirts and the music lends a romantic feel to the nurse's date nights.
I wonder sometimes why this series is not as popular as Downton Abbey and I think it doesn't have the melodrama and larger than life characters that sustain Downton. Call the Midwife is a quieter show, the stories are about women, with the men being secondary characters. It shows, through the miracle of childbirth, that it is the strength of women that hold the families together, along with the care and concern of the nurses at Nonnatus House.