I have a love/hate relationship with television and the movies. Lately, I have divorced myself from television altogether. We don’t have cable and most things are just not worth watching anymore. However, I recently found a little ray of sunshine on Netflix and it has given me a little hope for quality entertainment.
I must confess I have an addiction to almost anything BBC. I even have a Pinterest board called My BBC Addiction. Many of the movies and shows that BBC makes are just good, quality shows and I can watch them with my daughters. North and South, The Paradise, Larkrise to Candleford, and Cranford are just some of the few stories that I have enjoyed watching with my girls without having to worry about sex, violence, or ideas being thrown at us that go against our beliefs. I am a sucker for period pieces but that’s probably because I have always felt I was born in the wrong era. (If I was born in the 1800’s I would have married Mr. Darcy. Sorry, Jane Austen fans. 🙂 )
Call the Midwife is another series that is worth watching. It is set in the post-war era of the late 1950’s in a poor area of East London. The show follows the lives of midwives and nuns who live and work with in a poor community to provide for their health needs and specifically pre-natal care and delivery. Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth this drama series is chock full of loveable characters. However, what I most appreciate about this series is its undeniable celebration of life and faith.
This show captures the beauty and joy of every child that is born even in messy life circumstances. Life is not perfect but the gift of children should always be celebrated. Call the Midwife is a nice diversion from reality TV and many American shows that seem more intent on enticing viewers or promoting agendas than telling good stories.
I realize I am taking a risk with recommending any show nowadays and I have only watched seasons 1 and 2. There are some heavy topics like prostitution and abortion so I wouldn’t recommend this show for young children or even young teens. However, this series gets my five-star rating and has even let me enjoy watching television or the “telly”, again. Watch the show or better yet read the book and then tell me what you think. I think you will enjoy it.
Here’s a preview: