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The Midwives

The Midwives

Tue Aug 20, 9-10pm, BBC2

By Claire Winter
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Series two, episode one
There’s a lot of drama to be found in the maternity wards – which makes, as ‘ One Born Every Minute’ has illustrated, for rather good television. The fact that this charming series has returned for a second season offers further proof. It follows the midwives of St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester – likeable characters who seem to be genuinely affected by all that’s going on around them.

While raw emotions can make a harrowing watch, this never seems too invasive: the gore is minimal, though some of the wails may have you scrabbling for your remote volume, and even make the tough-as-nails midwives cringe. How long before these series have been exhausted, before people become bored of these subjects? As long as people keep having babies, not yet. And, going by this series, that’s just fine for now.
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