A moving, intimate, funny and, above all, true-to-life look at the colorful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the Fifties, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth. When Jenny Lee first arrives in Poplar, she knows nothing about hardship, poverty or indeed, life itself. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of midwives who visit expectant mothers, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. Here, the streets teem with children and with just one eight-bed maternity ward to serve the whole district; most deliveries take place at home. Following Jenny as she travels through the streets to meet her patients – like Conchita, who is on her 25th pregnancy and Mary, a prostitute and pregnant at just 15 – Call the Midwife offers a fascinating insight into a community on the brink of huge social change.
This program, hosted by actress Angela Lansbury, combines memorable clips, cast interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage from the first two seasons of Downton Abbey. Also included are select preview clips of Season 3.
Catch up or relive the first two seasons of Downton Abbey beginning at 1pm Sunday, December 16, 2012.
Season 1: “Downton Abbey,” winner of six Emmy Awards, including the win for “Outstanding Miniseries or Movie,” depicts the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them, set at their Edwardian country house in 1912.
Season 2: Multiple Emmy winner (including Outstanding Miniseries!) “Downton Abbey” resumes the story of aristocrats and servants of Downton Abbey during the tumultuous World War I era. The international hit, written by Julian Fellowes, stars Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville, as well as a drawing room full of new actors, portraying the loves, feuds and sacrifices of a glittering culture thrown into crisis. Laura Linney hosts.
Downton Abbey season 3 begins on MASTERPIECE on Sunday, January 6 and runs through February 17, 2013.
Downton Abbey Season 3 premieres on MASTERPIECE on PBS on Jan. 6, 2013. In anticipation of that event, PBS and MASTERPIECE are bringing you a live panel and discussion with Downton Abbey cast and producer. (Available in the U.S. only)
The live streamed panel will be moderated by MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton and feature the following:
Hugh Bonneville … Lord Crawley
Jim Carter … Mr. Carson
Rob James-Collier … Thomas Barrow
Joanne Froggatt … Anna Bates
Gareth Neame, executive producer, “Downton Abbey”
Elizabeth McGovern … Lady Cora
Sophie McShera … Daisy Mason
Watch here beginning around 7pm CST on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.