'Call the Midwife': Is PBS' BBC import just what the doctor ordered?

On a busy premiere night for both broadcast and cable networks, PBS unveiled the first episode of BBC import "Call the Midwife." The six episode series was a smash hit in the U.K., hitting even higher ratings than the first season of "Downton Abbey."The compelling period drama, based on a memoir by Jennifer Worth, follows novice midwife Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) as she starts work alongside nuns and other midwives at Nonnatus House, a nursing convent in a poverty striken area of East London in the 1950s. While the first episode of "Midwife" may have lacked the soapy twists that helped make "Downton" a U.S. phenomenon, it was still an involving, offbeat and well-made hour. It's perfect for the PBS faithful, and deserves a shot at developing a following on this side of the pond. Raine is an appealing leading lady and a supporting cast including formidable character actresses Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris and Judy...



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