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Call the Midwife Creator Defends her Show’s Strength

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Growing up, many of us have been taught to not judge a book by its cover. Instead, we are encouraged to look beneath the surface to discover the defining elements of a person, place, or thing.

In television, critics and audiences alike are fast to categorize a series. While it makes sense for a funny show to be labelled a comedy, or a serious show to be viewed as a drama, it is odd that people continue to describe certain series as something that’s strictly manly, or womanly.

For “Call the Midwife” creator and screenwriter Heidi Thomas, she has seen her award-winning period drama termed by others as just a show about women, for women. As you’d imagine, this is a topic in which Thomas has a big opinion about.

Call the Midwife - Season 6

Season six of “Call the Midwife” can be seen Wednesdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT from January 3 through February 21.

“In the early days a lot of people took ‘Call the Midwife’ at what they felt to be face value, and ignored the fact that we were telling strong stories about women and the working class,” said Thomas in an interview with the Observer.

“We got called ‘Horlicks (malted milk hot drink) TV’ and I would think ‘What does it say about our patriarchal society if a show dealing with the effects of abortion, sexual violence and domestic violence is called lightweight fluff?’”

Heidi Thomas

Thomas went on to say she finds “that attitude disturbing,” but noted that “attitudes towards the show have changed” and more people now understand what “Call the Midwife” is really all about.

“The stories we tell are about births, relationships, marriages, deaths – those are rites of passage,” continued Thomas. “[‘Call the Midwife’] touches on truths of existence – what is love, what do we give each other, what do we want from life and from each other.”

-Adam Grant

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Season six of “Call the Midwife” can be seen Wednesdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT from January 3 through February 21.

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2 Responses to Call the Midwife Creator Defends her Show’s Strength

  1. Norma Hunt says:

    Lightweight??? ha! when I think of how horrid childbirth was for many, no proper sanitation, no birthcontrol and often another child caused even greater hardshhip for the working poor. The entitled enlightened women of today would never survive scrubbing diapers and hanging them out in freezing cold then bringing them in stiff as boards, or having 10, 12 or more little ones to clothe and feed. From age of 16 to menopause a baby every 9 mos to 2 yrs… I saw my gramma and how tired out she was, and went through the scrubbing and freezing myself. They had to have grit

  2. Suzanne Bernier says:

    Wondering when season 7 begins.

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