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5 Shows like Call the Midwife: Vintage Drama

Push, push, push! If you are a baby fanatic or a fan of retro TV drama, ‘Call the Midwife’ will tick all of your boxes. We see a strong group of women bring new lives into the world, whilst battling their own personal dramas as they live and work together in 1950s London. If you are missing the midwives, take a look at TV series like ‘Call the Midwife,’ including hospital drama ‘Holby City’ and period drama ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’.

Tales of the Unexpected

‘Call the Midwife’ chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late 1950s to early 1960s. Funny woman Miranda Hart takes off her comedy hat and pops on a nurses outfit as she helps women from all walks of life bring new lives into the world.

Young midwife Jenny is the central character as we follow her on her journey to Nonnatus House convent where she meets  other midwives who quickly become great friends. Read on to take a look at other TV shows like Call the Midwife’ to give you ideas for your next drama fix.

‘The Bletchley Circle’ (World Productions, 2012)

The Bletchley Circle follows a group of  four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, who reunite to track down a serial killer. The group is brought back together by former code-breaker Susan who notices a pattern developing when a series of girls are murdered in 1950s London. Millie, Lucy, and Jean join Susan and embark on solving the ultimate mystery.

Similarity Match: 95%
Both shows are set in 1950s Britain and both tell the stories of an amazing group of women who challenge stereotypes to live life their own way. Original girl power!

‘Land Girls’ (BBC, 2009-)

‘Land Girls’ tells the story of the lives and loves and highs of four members of the Women’s Land Army who are working at the Hoxley Estate during World War II. Land girls played such an important role during the war which younger generations do not necessarily learn about. The show does contain a lot of romance, but that does not detract from the serious work that the girls do whilst men are away at war.

Similarity Match: 90%
If you love ‘Call the Midwife’ because of the period drama element or the feminist storylines, you will really like ‘Land Girls’.

‘Lark Rise to Candleford’ (BBC, 2008-2011)

Another series like Call the Midwife is Lark Rise to Candleford. The show is an adaptation of Flora Thompson’s novel “Lark Rise To Candleford,” set in 19 century Oxfordshire. We meet a young girl, Laura Timmins, as she moves to her local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress. Watch Laura as she gets used to living away from home and gets to grips with the feisty postmistress Dorcas Lane.

Similarity Match: 80%
Costume drama enthusiasts will love this show and if you love taking a step back in time, like in ‘Call the Midwife,’ ’Lark Rise to Candleford’ will delight you.

‘Doc Martin’ (Buffalo Pictures, 2004-)

Dr. Martin Ellingham escapes the hustle and bustle of the city when he moves to the small Cornish town of Portwenn. Far from enjoying the friendly community spirit Dr Ellingham is as grumpy as they come and certainly does not have the bedside manner that the locals are accustomed to.

Giving up a high-flying career as a London surgeon to move to a sleepy GP surgery, is clearly a difficult transition for Martin. We soon realise the reason for his big move and, as he gets to know local school headmistress Louise Glasson more, we see his cold exterior start to melt slightly.

Similarity Match: 75%
‘Doc Martin’ is set in the current day, but he does maintain a few old-fashioned values and is proudly British, just like the ladies in ‘Call the Midwife’. The show is great if you love relaxed British drama that is not too taxing.

‘Holby City’ (BBC, 1999-)

‘Holby City’ is a long-running BBC show that is a spin-off from household favourite Casualty. We see the doctors and nurses of Holby City General hospital treat new patients during each episode, with backgrounds given on all of the patients that enter the hospital.

To liven things up a bit for viewers, Holby City also focuses on the private lives of the people who work at the hospital, with plenty of gossip that will leave you excited for the next instalment.

Similarity Match: 70%
‘Holby City’ is a modern hospital drama and times have certainly changed since the 50s, but if you love the medical drama element of ‘Call the Midwife’ then you will love this show.


For Your next Tale

Did you enjoy these recommendations of shows similar to Call the Midwife?

If there’s another compelling TV show that you’d like to recommend to Call the Midwife fans, I want to know.

We can’t wait to read about the vintage dramas you suggest, in the comments below.

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