Call The Midwife / BBC 1

Critically acclaimed BBC period drama which centres around a group of midwives working in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s.

Critical reception praised the programme's sharp blend of primetime period charm and hard-hitting social commentary. When PBS broadcast the seriesThe Wall Street Journal declared that "this immensely absorbing drama is worth any trouble it takes to catch up with its singular pleasures”, while The Washington Post stated that "the cast is marvellous, the gritty, post-war set pieces are meticulously recreated”. TV Guide called the series "a delight to watch”, while the San Francisco Chronicle described it as "sentimental, poignant and often heartbreaking".

The Times called this "an iron hand in a velvet glove" while The Daily Telegraph lauded its ability to "tickle the middle of the brow while touching the most anguished parts of the human condition". In particular, commentators have noted the attention given to female social issues in the drama's post-war, pre-pill setting. The Radio Times dubbed Call the Midwife "a magnificently subversive drama" and "the torchbearer of feminism on television."