December 26, 2013

Call the Midwife - Season 2 Christmas Special

Top 10 Christmas moments from Call the Midwife

Christmas Special


At Christmas, what we want most from our TV treats, aren’t the usual pre-publicised will they-won’t they death scenes, the doom and the gloom or anything too ‘real’.
As unrealistic as it is we want happy endings. We need to bask in the glow of a lovely warm box showing us how things used to be… for midwives… in London.
Call the Midwife has been one of the most successful dramas of recent years and the Christmas special didn’t disappoint.
So if you were just letting your turkey slip comfortably down, tucking into a tub of Quality Street, feet up in front of the fire, then these were top ten most heart warming moments from Call the Midwife’s Christmas special 2013.
1. It’s snowing… sort of

Call the Midwife Christmas special 2013:
It’s snowing! (Picture: Laurence Cendrowicz/Neal Street Productions)

We didn’t have long to wait for the chest-glowing to start, the opening scene showing two young boys transfixed by a snow globe to accompaniment of London market Christmas sounds. Snow globes are great; a reminder of the simpler times, the kids dressed in cardboard reindeer antlers. Who needs iPads or Furbys?
2. Chummy’s back

Call the Midwife Christmas special 2013: Miranda Hart, Chummy Noakes, baby Freddie
Chummy’s back in Call the Midwife with husband Peter and Freddie (Picture: Neal Street Productions/Amanda Searle)

Pretty soon too we meet Chummy and her baby, the Catch a Falling Star moment from the difficult labour last series made us all cry. Now Chummy, husband and baby are all fine and dandy, painfully in love and a little bit posh. Aww.
3. Babies… the first of many

Call the Midwife Christmas special 2013: Pam Ferris, Sister Evangelina
Sister Evangelina (Picture: Neal Street Productions/Laurence Cendrowicz)

As the midwives start their yearly carol singing on a maternity ward a new-born baby is heard crying next door. Each looked to the other in turn, like a London nativity. If it didn’t warm your cockles, you are a cold fish and there is no saving you.
4. Chummy dealing with cubs… and a bomb

Call the Midwife Christmas special 2013: Miranda Hart, Chummy Noakes
Chummy looks after a cub troop (Picture: Neal Street Productions/Lawrence Cendrowicz)

Chummy rallying round the cubs was also a moment to savour. She was made to look after others and here she was doing her midwifey bit without the blue pinafore and referring to a massive and potentially prone to explode bomb as a ‘terrific challenge’.
5. Miranda Hart is probably the perfect Christmas guest
In fact Chummy in general is just heart warming her character, her portrayal by Miranda Hart, she’s the kind of person you’d want round for Christmas dinner and I bet she’s great at charades.
6. Sister Bernadette is getting married

Call the Midwife Christmas special 2013: Sister Bernadette, Shelagh, Laura Main
Sister Bernadette is now Shelagh (Picture: Neal Street Productions/Amanda Searle)

When Sister Bernadette first tries on her wedding dress the nation sighed. It’s been tough coming out of a nunnery and into the arms of a man, Bernadette deserves to be happy and her wedding will only be the start.
7. Er, hi Sandi Toksvig

Call the Midwife Christmas special 2013: Sandi Toksvig, Sister Gibbs
Sandi Toksvig plays Sister Gibbs (Picture: Neal Street Productions/Laurence Cendrowicz)

Sandi Toksvig as a matron warmed my heart, who couldn’t love her?
8. No one dies (part one)

Call the Midwife Christmas special 2013: PS Peter Noakes, Major Fawcett, Fred
It’s Christmas but first there’s an unexploded bomb to deal with (Picture: Neal Street Productions/Amanda Searle)

Thankfully the retired general, expert in bomb disposal, and drafted in for the very purpose remained in tact throughout the episode. It seemed hairy for a while when he accidentally set the unexploded bomb ticking and then seemed to have been hit by flying shrapnel. But no, he got himself up and duster himself off. Thank goodness, we don’t want any death at Christmas and it would have been a bit cliché.
9. More babies!

Call the Midwife Christmas special 2013: Trixie, Jenny Lee, Alan, Yvonne
Trixie, Jenny Lee have to help Yvonne and Alan during the Christmas evacuation (Picture: Neal Street Productions/Laurence Cendrowicz)

Poor Alan suffering from post-traumatic stress and his saintly, understanding wife, happily managed to have their first baby at home, as they’d wanted. The baby awoke Alan to a new way of life, away from the horrors of the war and was born without incident, which makes a change.
10. No one dies (part two)
And finally, in true Christmas spirit, tiny Timothy, Doctor Turner’s son recovers from near death with polio. He may need leg braces but he is still alive, after covering up his own ill-health in the run up to his father’s wedding. He pulls through just in time for the big day to see his dad marry his new bride with nuns and midwives alike assembled.

God bless us everyone!

December 08, 2013

October 19, 2013

Twas an Hour Before Downton...

Twas an hour before Downton, and all through the house
No one could touch the DVR, not even her spouse;

Her Diet Cokes & chocolate had been chilling in the refrigerator with care
they were covered with yellow post-its and in her handwriting:  "DON'T you DARE!"

She grabbed her "Free Bates!" t-shirt, pulled it over her head
While visions of the Turkish guy danced in her head,
Wearing black yoga pants and her fluffiest slippers
She practiced her English accent, 
Cuz those Brit's just sound hipper.

When all of a sudden there arose such a clatter,

She sprang from the sofa to see what was the matter,

A spoiler had leaked, her Facebook friends were freaking out,

Something big was going to happen at Downton Abbey - of this there was no doubt!

And then a familiar tune began to play, 
Downton Abbey was starting, the best part of her Sunday.

When what to her wondering eye should appear,

O'Brien was gone but there was a new nanny to fear.

Lord Grantham in the study, almost time for lunch
Thomas about to cause trouble
 (actually that was just a hunch)
Guests arriving, women changing their dresses 
Daisy spilling soup, while Mrs. Patmore stresses.
Go Alfred. Go Bates. Anna's helping Mary Crawley

Now, someone feed Isis and dont dilly-dally.

The gowns? they were stunning, some hand-sewn & beaded 
Hair styled to perfection, just a few curls were needed

Then Violet arrived, in her best purple dress

she made quite an entrance, the Dowager Countess.

When she thought somthing she said it, no filter she had

Be nice to the countess and dont make her mad.
Lady Mary was cordial to the handsome man in blue 

Lady Rose snuck out to kiss a guy she hardly knew.

Branson was trying his best to fit in
and Edith, my goodness..had her very own man!

Downstairs was Bates, he looked sort of sad

Anna watched from a distance at the good man she had
I picked up my diet coke took a sip and sighed,
This season is intense but at least no one had died.

The ladies looked magnificent, decked out from head to toe, 

The occupants of Downton, all of them I know.

The Lords and the ladies, the soldiers and the maids, 

The cooks and the Butlers, those we love and those we kinda hate.

This episode was a good one, but I say that every time
There is a little bit of everything to satisfy every mind.
If you dont like Downton there's something off with you
but I'll write about that some other time.

The story lines and plot twists, 

the heartbreak & love like our own
(and it's all done so tastefully, no naked parts are shown)
Chauffeurs kissing debutantes, True love in Christmas snow 
We watch from season to season 
and our love for Downton grows.
Soon the episode is ending, on a happy note this time

I think, now I wait again and let out a little sigh.

Seven more days, six sleeps to go

until then ....
I'll watch re-runs or give Call the Midwife a go. 
I'll google Downton spoilers, getting set up for next week
In hopes I'll be ready for anything 
Jullian Fellows throws at me.
I'll dream about Matthew,  handsome and in good health, 

We'd make quite a match, if I do say so myself; 
A wink of his eye I imagine how it must be, 
I'm a middle aged lady daydreaming with glee!

So join me each week in watching Downton Abbey

we dont have to wait till 2014 and ya know, 

that's not too shabby!

And when during this week, 
when you're stuck in the daily grind,
Try not to stress out.  Don't pay no never mind.
Things can always be worse, things can always get better
Just go with the flow, don't get your knickers in a tether.
Think of Lady Violet what would she say?  
Think of poor Daisy and how she spends her day. 

And when you find that rare moment, 
time to spend on just you.
Get the tv, lap top or computer and honey, 
you know what to do.
Tune in to the show that for one whole  hour, 
takes you to a place where a big move for a guy was to pick a girl a flower.
Escape to a time that seems rather grand
for just a bit, live in Downton land.

I shut off the lap top after the last video is posted
who doesn't love a blog where Downton Abbey is hosted?

Now, the coke can is empty, the chocolate is gone, 
The clock says it's late and I let out a yawn.
I crawl into bed and fall asleep with a smile
I've had my Downton fix. It should last me for a while.

See ya next week!

June 07, 2013

Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt & Call the Midwife's Miranda Hart

The actress said: "It's so difficult, because my lips are sealed. It's more than my life is worth."

Viewers are left wondering what direction Downton Abbey will take after one of its main characters, Matthew Crawley - played by Dan Stevens - was killed off in the Christmas special.

And the death of Lady Sybil - played by Jessica Brown Findlay - earlier in the series means fans don't know what to expect.

Asked about the departure of such important cast members, Joanne said: "Yeah, I think its ever-changing really, I think that's the nature of the show.

"There's a lot of main characters in there, and when somebody leaves, the dynamic changes, but then we get certain new characters in and the dynamic changes again.

"I think that's a good thing, because it keeps the dynamic fresh, it keeps the storylines moving… So, yeah it's changed, but it's just as good as it's always been."

The fourth series is tipped to start with the funeral of Matthew Crawley, after photos emerged of members of the cast filming in a graveyard.

Downton Abbey returns to ITV later this year.


February 19, 2013

Death comes to Downton - Time to Mourn America

Death Takes Another Crawley

The final episode of Downton Abbey Season 3 has finally aired in America and so far, America is not pleased. Twitter and Facebook fan pages started filling with angry and sad viewers voicing their dismay.  For those of us who watch the series along with the UK, we have known about Dan Stevens leaving for some time now.  The mourning process is just starting for the American viewers.   So, here's a few tips of  what helped us mourn....  

First of all, you can always go back and re-watch all three seasons from the beginning again. (you can watch HERE)  If you pace yourself, maybe it will fill up enough time for you to heal and move on to the idea of Lady Mary with a new man.  

Second, I started watching Call the Midwife!  I was told it would be like Downton Abbey, but it isn't really like Downton at all.  What I would say is that if you enjoy Downton, you will probably enjoy Call the Midwife.  You can watch season one HERE.   

My third & final tip is to stay a fan, have a sense of humor and pray for Jullian Fellowes to write another brilliant script for season 4.
I know it may be hard for some of us to believe, but Downton Abbey will still be a great show with wonderful story lines and superb acting.  It will be okay.  

Have faith my fellow Downton Fan.  Have Faith.

Matthew Crawley