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'Call the Midwife' premieres third season on PBS

Call the Midwife season three premiere on PBS
Call the Midwife season three premiere on PBS
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The third season of "Call the Midwife" premiered on PBS on March 30, 2014. The drama stars Jessica Raine, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Miranda Hart, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Cynthia Miller, Laura Main and Cliff Parisi (“EastEnders”) as Fred. Vanessa Redgrave provides the voice of the mature Jenny, describing life for the young midwives in 1950s London.

PBS is airing eight episodes of "Call the Midwife" on Sunday nights (8 p.m. ET) followed by the second season of "Mr. Selfridge." Mr. Selfridge returns for second season of PBS Masterpiece

Throughout the season, viewers will follow the joys and heartbreak of the midwives as they continue to care for members of the Poplar community and face management changes at Nonnatus House. The series follows the storylines of the regular characters, along with the drama of childbirth and motherhood in poor east London.

It is 1959 and there are some big changes for the midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House. They move into their new premises and welcome Sister Winifred, a warm-hearted, innocent young woman. Sister Monica Joan’s (Judy Parfitt) increasingly eccentric behavior causes concern, but she still has her lucid moments. Chummy (Miranda Hart) is a housewife and mother, but decides she also wants to return to midwifery because she feels it is her calling.

"Call the Midwife" stars Jessica Raine as Jenny Lee; Jenny Agutter (“The Railway Children,” “Spooks”) as Sister Julienne; Pam Ferris (“Little Dorrit,” “Darling Buds of May”) as Sister Evangelina;;Miranda Hart (“Miranda”) as Chummy, Judy Parfitt (“Little Dorrit,” Girl With a Pearl Earring), who was nominated for a 2013 Satellite Award for her work as Sister Monica Joan; Helen George (“Hollyoaks,” “Doctors”) as Trixie Franklin; Bryony Hannah (Cemetery Junction) as Cynthia Miller; Laura Main (“Monarch of the Glen”) as Shelagh; and Cliff Parisi (“EastEnders”) as Fred. Vanessa Redgrave provides the voice of the mature Jenny.

Based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, the series was created and written by Heidi Thomas (“Cranford,” “Upstairs Downstairs”) and directed by a line-up of female directors including Thea Sharrock (“The Hollow Crown: Henry V”) and Juliet May (“Miranda,” “Scott and Bailey,” “Stella”).

"Call the Midwife" (Season 3) full episodes will be available for viewing on the PBS Video Portal for a limited time after each national broadcast.

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