BBC Worldwide has sold the first season of the British drama,
'Call The Midwife', to PBS.
series will premiere on 30 September, leading into Masterpiece
Classic 'Upstairs Downstairs'. PBS aims at transforming Sunday
nights into a destination for drama.
by Heidi Thomas and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe and Jamie
Payne, 'Call The Midwife' completed its first season in the
UK on BBC One in February 2012. Attracting 10.7 million viewers
for its peak episode, 'Call The Midwife' was the highest-rated
BBC new drama launch on record.
second season has been commissioned and will air in the
UK in 2013. 'Call The Midwife' is a Neal Street production
for BBC, produced by Hugh Warren.
president, CEO Paula Kerger said, "Call The Midwife is
a riveting new series that strengthens PBS as a destination
for drama on Sunday nights. We look forward to working with
our BBC partners to introduce the story and the characters
that were so beloved in Britain to the American audience."
on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, 'Call The Midwife'
is a moving and intimate story of midwifery in London's East
End in the 1950s. The first season follows a young Jenny Lee
as she and her fellow midwives, attached to an order of nursing
nuns, navigate the crowded East End streets teeming with children,
workers and a culture remarkably different from the wealthy
English countryside where Jenny was raised.
drama unfolds as Jenny meets her patients, including one woman
who is on her 25th pregnancy and a young, 15 year-old prostitute
pregnant for the first time. Initially shocked by the health
and living conditions of the East End, Jenny soon learns to
admire the families she works with, along with the sisters
and fellow midwives who witness
the daily drama of life in this vibrant community.