More of the British midwives

Sister Winifred (VICTORIA YEATES), Sister Julienne (JENNY AGUTTER), Dr Turner (STEPHEN MCGANN), Trixie (HELEN GEORGE), Nurse Phyllis (LINDA BASSETT) and Barbara (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE)
Cast members of the sixth season of Call the Midwife. It is set to start at 8pm today (January 29) on DStv’s BBC First (channel 119).


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BY BILLY SUTER

A NEW season of the popular British drama series, Call the Midwife, is scheduled to start on DStv’s BBC First (channel 119) at 8pm today (January 29), while DStv’s Channel Earth, on channel 184, is set to feature a new show, Rome’s Invisible City, at 6pm today.

The sixth season of Call the Midwife continues to follow the nurses and nuns from Nonnatus House convent, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best care.

This series sees the nuns receive an SOS call from a mission hospital in the Eastern Cape in South Africa.

Under the hot sun, the Nonnatus family face some of their toughest challenges yet. Back in Poplar, the rather austere Sister Ursula is appointed the new head of Nonnatus House, demoting Sister Julienne to an ordinary member of staff. She is not the only one to face challenges closer to home.

Series six sees the nuns and nurses laugh together and cry together, supporting each other as never before, says a DStv spokesman.

With exclusive access deep beneath Rome’s streets and stunning new visualisation techniques, classicist Dr Michael Scott leads a team of experts to reveal the full story of the ancient world’s most awe-inspiring city and the extraordinary people who created and lived in it, in Rome’s Invisible City.

Rome’s spectacular skyline is as breathtaking today as when it was built. But that iconic city-scape is only half the story. There is another Rome that few people have ever seen.

From the huge underground quarries, subterranean aqueducts and vast water cisterns to the ornate temples and tombs, elaborate lifts and trap doors beneath the Coliseum, this film reveals for the first time the buried story of the ingenious Romans and how they planned, created and lived in their captivating city more than two millennia ago.

Looking ahead, note that BBC Earth will show Where the Wild Men Are UK next week, the first episode set for 7.30pm on Tuesday (January 31).

Over the past few years, Ben Fogle has met people all over the world who have given up the rat race to start a new life in the wild. Now, in this new series, he’s closer to home and venturing all over the British Isles.

In series one, Ben meets the Mason family in Devon. They gave up a council house in the London commuter belt for four acres of overgrown agricultural land, but they’ve been battling eviction ever since.

He also meets 40-year-old Amanda Owen, a hill shepherdess on the vast, rugged moorland of the Yorkshire Dales; American Tommy Hyndman, who runs a small two-bed guesthouse on the wind-swept Fair Isle; and a woman who abandoned her modern home and even her marriage to live off-grid in a mud hut deep in the Welsh countryside.


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