There are a number of other main characters and recurring characters who all have important roles in Call the Midwife. Cliff Parisi plays Frederick ‘Fred’ Buckle, Stephen McGann plays Dr. Patrick Turner, Ben Caplan plays Police Constable Peter Noakes, Victoria Yeates plays Sister Winifred, Emerald Fennel plays Nurse Patsy Mount, Charlotte Ritchie plays Nurse Barbara Gilbert, and Linda Bassett plays Nurse Phyllis Crane.
During the time that Call the Midwife is set there are a lot of babies being born and in the East End, and according to one review the best way to grab an audience’s attention is by depicting a baby in distress of some sort. Although this is sometimes seen as a taboo or cheap way to get viewers many people say that Call the Midwife is a very quality TV program. The series is respectful about the concept of labor and it does not shy away from showing the realities women faced in that time and place. Many struggled to pay for medical aid. Although some viewers say it might be a little slow it is worth watching and many people rave about the acting, which is not so surprising in light of the fact that a couple members of the cast have been given awards.
On the other hand, some consider the show to cling to predictable characters and stereotypes without getting into the deeper aspects of the midwives, which some viewers find a little bit frustrating. One review even says that Call the Midwife suffers from a lack of ambition in these particular areas. Even so, the characters are often viewed as endearing and provoking.
Rotten Tomatoes gives Call the Midwife an approval rating of 95%, and IMDb gives it an approval rating of 8.4/10 stars, so in general viewers have liked the show reasonably well. Those who like the series call it a cozy Sunday night drama, many calling it addictive and full of heart. Some even say it is of about the same quality as Downton Abbey, functioning as a sufficient replacement. Although not always historically accurate many say that the series is made more for entertainment and it does a good job of just that, causing emotional reactions from many people.
There are a lot of people who read the book and discovered that the TV show does not always follow it very closely. For some people the historical inaccuracies (especially for those who lived in the area at the time the show takes place) are inexcusable and have ruined the show, at least for them. There are not too many vocal critics, but one of them says that the show is confusing and contradictory and that the only things ever to be happening are people giving birth, helping others to go through labor, or else dying. In the end however the critics are few and far between. Check out another entertaining television series here.