December 31, 2012

Christmas Special

The "must see and glad I saw it" of this Christmas season was the Call the Midwife Christmas Special --- apparently a last-minute decision on the part of PBS, as it didn't appear in the program guide. I only caught word of it because of a promo on the day itself. The new series ended its run for this season earlier this year, so the Christmas special came as something of a surprise.

And not only a surprise, but a delight. This is a wonderful tale of redemption, forgiveness, closure, thanksgiving for changing times, and the sufficiency of grace: good themes any Christmas. Keep an eye out for a rebroadcast, and keep a hanky handy. Wonderful performances by the standout cast.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG

6 comments:

susan s. said...

YOu can find it on PBS.ORG

http://video.pbs.org/video/2319188358

susan s. said...

Oh, it was lovely, and definitely a hankie was needed.

Brother David said...

Downton Abbey also had a Christmas Special, both last year and this year. However, last year's season in the UK is this ear's season in the US. So this year's Christmas Special in the Uk will be next year's in the US. Plus, last year's Christmas Special in the UK was a story line during Christmas time, but this year's wasn't. This year the special was used to tie up a number of loose ends in the various story lines.

DId you understand all of that? ;)

Paul Powers said...

I liked its description of Advent as a time of "expectant, joyous calm."

C. Wingate said...

A very striking program. Thank you for the recommendation.

Tobias Haller said...

The whole series is splendid -- one of the best in years; and nice to see something uplifting for a change. Also, how often do you get a show involving Anglican nuns? And relatively stable and productive ones at that... a nice rejoinder to "Black Narcissus." (Which is a great film, mind, but rather displays the dysfunctional side of things...)