The midwives receive a rapturous welcome when they return from their South African adventure - but all is not well at Nonnatus House. In their absence, Sister Ursula has been running a very tight ship and it is quickly announced that she will remain in charge at Nonnatus House, above Sister Julienne. Sister Ursula makes unpopular changes, but bound by a vow of obedience Sister Julienne is unable to challenge her. As the Nonnatuns chafe under the new rules, the midwives are drawn into helping heavily pregnant mother Trudy Watts, whose husband has just been released from prison for extortion.
Sister Ursula continues to reign with an iron fist and the midwives at Nonnatus House struggle to toe the line, especially when she insists they must not be emotionally involved with their patients. This unpopular new edict is immediately put to the test when new father George Marsh is badly burnt in an explosion at the docks and is unable to support his new family.
Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit, Nurse Valerie Dyer. A vulnerable young man captures the hearts of the Fred and Violet whilst the whereabouts of Sister Mary Cynthia causes distress amongst the team.
Valerie Dyer oversees the care of an expectant Somali woman and is shocked when she uncovers a troubling aspect to this unfamiliar culture. The Nonnatus family unite to provide the very best care for Sister Mary Cynthia.
The midwives oversee the opening of a family planning clinic at the local community centre. Rediscovering her independence, Wilma visits the clinic and starts taking the contraceptive pill behind her husband's back. At Nonnatus House, Barbara is distraught when she discovers that her father, Canon Gilbert, is going to work abroad and won't be able to officiate at her wedding. This is a prospect that neither of Tom nor Barbara can bear, so they announce that Canon Gilbert will marry them before he sets sail, giving them just three weeks to make all the necessary arrangements. Elsewhere, Shelagh's due date is fast approaching and she finally agrees to stop work and rest. But first she must decide which of the Nonnatus midwives will deliver the baby.
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.
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Created by Academy-Award winner Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey has quickly become the most-watched program in PBS’ history. Led by Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and many others, the all-star cast brings to life the trials and tribulations of the Crawley family and their servants in the English countryside. Spanning the years of pre-war England through the storms of World War I and into the social upheaval of England in the 1920s, viewers are captivated by the grand estate whose inhabitants are shaped by romance, heartbreak, scandals, and betrayal.
Set amidst the Victorian splendour of Britain's first department store, The Paradise is a rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world. As Denise finds her feet as a lowly shopgirl, she must navigate her way through power struggles, intrigues and affairs. When the shop's dashing and reckless owner, John Moray, spots her talents she knows she can use this opportunity to rise to great things. Through sexy, episodic stories driven by romance and glamour, this series creates a world as colourful and captivating as the silks on display in the store. This is a love story, a story of ambition and progress, with a mysterious, dark secret at its heart.
Jeremy Piven (Entourage) stars as a wheeling-dealing American who shows early 1900s Londoners how to shop. Based on the life of colorful retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge, this series is created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House). Also starring are Frances O’Connor (Madame Bovary), Aisling Loftus (Page Eight), Zoe Tapper (Zen), Amanda Abbington (Case Histories), and Samuel West (Any Human Heart). Who knew shopping could be like this!
Combining uncompromising historical accuracy with compelling mysteries, this original PBS Masterpiece Theatre mystery series stars Michael Kitchen (Out of Africa) as Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle. Set in the beautiful southern English countryside amid the disorder and danger of World War II, Foyle's War takes place far from the glory of the front. His is an ordinary struggle-against everyday evil-in extraordinarily dangerous times.
The Hour takes us behind the scenes of a broadcast news room in London during the mid 50s, with a highly competitive, sharp witted and passionate love triangle at its core. At Lime Grove Studios, the BBC are launching The Hour, a new topical news program. At the heart of the show are three contrasting journalists: enigmatic producer Bel Rowley, a spirited woman in a man's world, her best friend Freddie Lyon, a brilliant and passionate reporter, and a charming, well-connected front man, Hector Madden. As Freddie moves to cover a significant but controversial breaking story, the trio become entangled in an intense interplay of politics, ambition and romance, ignited by a mysterious murder and chilling conspiracy. Fifties London is brought to life in this tense drama, delivering an exquisite and stylish portrayal of a world on the threshold of momentous change.
Fond of whisky, jazz, and women, Reverend Sidney Chambers gives clergymen a fresh image. In GRANTCHESTER, a young vicar and a veteran cop join forces to solve baffling murders around a placid English village in 1953. James Norton stars as Reverend Chambers, with Robson Green as Inspector Geordie Keating, in this six-part drama based on James Runcie’s acclaimed "Grantchester Mysteries."
Doctor Who's popularity is on-going with a cult following that stretches all the way from New Zealand to Los Angeles via Britain. The new incarnation of the Doctor will travel much further a field. With high production values, innovative CGI from Oscar-winning company The Mill, an all-star cast and scripts from the cream of British writers led by Russell T Davies, Doctor Who is the ultimate adventure in the human race -- gripping, breathtaking and action-packed.
Meet Keith Ablow, M.D. A forensic psychiatrist who has testified in some of America's most highly publicized trials, he's also written several crime novels and a couple nonfiction books, such as Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson. He's appeared on CNN, Court TV, "Charlie Rose," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Tyra Banks Show," "The Larry Elder Show" and many more. He continues to treat men and women who come from every corner of society--convicted murderers, the homeless, gang members, Fortune 500 executives, mental health professionals and government officials--and from around the world.
One of the longest running and most successful programs in television history, Doctor Who boasts an estimated 100 million fans in 54 countries. With high production values, innovative CGI, an all-star cast and scripts from the cream of British writers, Doctor Who is the ultimate adventure – gripping, breathtaking and action-packed.
BBC America is celebrating the phenomenon that is Doctor Who by asking fans from the celebrity world and from the floor of Comic-Con! about their favourite Doctor, Monster, and Companion moments from the Eleventh Doctor's tenure to date. Listen to Alison Haslip, Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, Mark Sheppard and other celebrity Doctor Who fans answer questions that range from what they think of the Doctor's sense of style, what they would do if they had to choose between having a pool in the TARDIS or a Vortex Manipulator on their wrists and if they think the Weeping Angels are the scariest monsters ever.
Written and directed by Bafta winner Hugo Blick and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman is a fast-paced thriller set against an international backdrop. As a young girl, Nessa Stein witnessed the assassination of her father by the armed wing of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. Now in her late thirties, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. Ennobled for her campaigning work, the newly made Baroness must fight forces that are conspiring against her as she awards a highly lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman. When he is subsequently killed, Nessa and her brother come under the close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service. Set against the gripping backdrop of government paranoia and espionage, The Honorable Woman tells the story of one woman's personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in a past life.
A British aristocrat becomes caught up in an era of social upheaval and the onset of World War I in this compelling five-part HBO miniseries. Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Roger Allam and Adelaide Clemens head up a superb cast.
SKINS centres on the world of an engaging and attractive group of teenagers. An award winning and groundbreaking comedy drama, it follows the messy lives, loves, delirious highs and inevitable lows of a group of raucous teenage friends in Bristol. Season 1 stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as Tony and BAFTA award winning Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) as Anwar.
THE WHITE QUEEN is a riveting portrayal of one of the most dramatic and turbulent times in English history. A story of love and lust, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, it is uniquely told through the perspective of three different, yet equally relentless women - Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville. In their quest for power, they will scheme, manipulate and seduce their way onto the English throne. The year is 1464, before the Tudor dynasty ruled the country, and war has been ravaging throughout England over who is the rightful King. It is a bitter dispute between two sides of the same family, The House of York and The House of Lancaster. The House of York's young and handsome Edward IV is crowned King of England with the help of the master manipulator, Lord Warwick "The Kingmaker." But when Edward falls in love with a beautiful Lancastrian commoner, Elizabeth Woodville, Warwick's plan to control the throne comes crashing down. A violent, high-stakes struggle ensues between Elizabeth, her most fierce adversary, Lancastrian Margaret Beaufort, and Anne Neville, the pawn in her father's power game - each woman vying for the crown.
Based on the award-winning British comedy of the same name, this acclaimed sitcom is told through the lenses of a documentary film crew and filled with gossip, pranks, romance and general foolishness at Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. in Scranton, Pennsylvania. If you've ever hated your boss, your job or both, then you'll love this show.
Based on John Galsworthy’s novel of the same name, The Forsyte Saga chronicles the lives of an English family over 34 years from the Victorian era through World War I. Superior, arrogant and confident, the Forsytes are the ultimate power family.