Woman’s memoirs on childbirth in 1950s East End will be made into a TV drama

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 January 2011

Jennifer Worth's memoirs are being serialised in a TV drama

Jennifer Worth's memoirs are being serialised in a TV drama


A WOMAN’S memoirs about life as a midwife in 1950s East London are to be made into a TV drama.

Jennifer Worth caught the attention of BBC bosses with her somewhat harrowing but touching tale of the women she helped when she worked at Whitechapel’s Royal London hospital more than 50 years ago.

Her book, Call The Midlife was a best seller, shifting more than 300,000 copies.

The author worked as a nurse from 1953 until 1973 and served as a staff nurse at The Royal London.

Telly chiefs have now announced they are turning the memoirs into a six-part series for BBC One, to air later this year.

Ms Worth’s work has been described as a “moving, funny, colourful look at midwifery and family” in the East End by the corporation.

The story follows a new young midwife, Jenny, who joins an eccentric, loveable group of nursing nuns.

Danny Cohen, BBC One controller, said the series would join a raft of commissions for new writers.

He added it expressed the “creative ambition” of the channel.

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