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directed by Victoria Pile
UK 2015

 

Looking for a change of life that affords him the opportunity to help people, Matthew Bunting (Darren Boyd, FOUR LIONS) leaves the police force and trains to become a midwife. As the "hairiest midwife" at East Lane Park Hospital, Matthew is lusted after by divorcee supervisor Caitlyn (Fay Ripley, MUTE WITNESS), viewed suspiciously by obstetrician Luke Edward (Alex Macqueen, YOUTH, and the object of ridicule by his incompetent cop roommate Ian (Paddy McGuinness), and scorn for his touchy-feely approach by the other midwives: overbearing Pat (Llewella Gideon, MANDERLAY), dim-witted Tash (Jennie Jacques, SHANK), and potential love-interest Lisa (Aisling Bea). Over the course of six episodes, straight man Matthew encounters ethical dilemmas with patients and co-workers - finding more hindrance than guidance from his seasoned co-workers - and tries to win over Lisa. In "Youth", Matthew tries to convince sixteen-year-old Claire (Holli Dempsey) to reveal the identity of her child's father to her parents, and then tries to keep them from running into the boy (Sammy Williams, ATTACK THE BLOCK) during his visits in the meantime. In "Truth", Matthew discovers that the husband (Jason Thorpe, FAST & FURIOUS 6) of one of his patients (Cariad Lloyd) also has a mistress (Laura Howard) in the hospital about to give birth at the same time. He also has a heated run-in with Lisa's butcher boyfriend Ryan (Joe da Costa). In "Prisoner", the police ask Matthew to find discover the whereabouts of evidence hidden by murderess Agnes (HOLLYOAKS' Lizzie Roper) who has been transferred from prison to give birth. Psychotic Ryan and suspended cop-turned-security guard Ian may run afoul of "The Man Stabber" when she evades custody in the hospital while Matthew just wants to make sure Agnes does not do anything that may cause her child to be taken away from her.

In "Celebrity", when starstruck Tash leaks the presence of reality show personality Comfort Evans (Elarica Gallacher, THE FORGOTTEN) - who is hiding her pregnancy in order to make a surprise announcement of it on her show - the paparazzi storm the building. While Ian tries unsuccessfully to keep the photographers from sneaking onto the maternity floor, Matthew tries to prevent comfort from knowing who was behind the link when she threatens to sue. He gets no help from Caitlyn, Pat, or Lisa who are all drooling over Comfort's studly athlete husband (TV presenter David Brain). There are more babies mothers when Matthew discover the titular "Foundling" in a cupboard without an identity bracelet. Matthew vows to find the missing mother despite Ian's accidental deletion of the CCTV (or "CBBCTV" as Ian calls it) footage and a deadline Caitlyn sets before alerting Luke and the police. Finally in "Theft", Matthew makes some headway towards asking Lisa on a date when the theft of supplies from the drug cabinet brings his ex (Kelly Adams, BRONSON) to process the scene. When Tash lets slip that Jess may be three months pregnant, Matthew is thinking about taking responsibility as Ryan tries to charm his way back into Lisa's heart. With the sort of comic delivery usually accompanied by a laugh track, THE DELIVERY MAN gets off to an awkward start but is sufficiently entertaining and amusing. Despite the novelty of the setting, it really does not cover any new comic ground, depending instead on the charm of Boyd and Bea, and the antics of McGuinness, Gideon, Ripley, Macqueen, and Jacques without really giving us much time during the weekly storyline to get to know them all that well. On the other hand, the last episode of the first series (no confirmation on whether there will be a second) disappoints by focusing too much on relationship woes.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 15 April 2015 - 20 May 2015 (UK TV)

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DVD Review: Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainment

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 2:16:45 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.98 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English SDH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Acorn Media/RLJ Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Episodes:
� - 'Youth' (16:9; 22:53)
� - 'Truth' (16:9; 22:38)
� - 'Prisoner' (16:9; 22:38)
� - 'Celebrity' (16:9; 22:49)
� - 'Foundling' (16:9; 22:49)
� - 'Theft' (16:9; 23:30)
� Behind the Music (16:9; 3:24)
� Outtakes (16:9; 5:37)
� Question Time (16:9; 4:14)
� Set Tour (16:9; 3:32)
� Picture Gallery (16:9; 0:54)

DVD Release Date: July 20th, 2015
Amaray

Chapters 24

 

 

 

Comments

RLJ's dual-layer disc looks a bit softish. I'm not sure how much this has to do with the original look but the mid-range bitrate seems like it should have been sufficient (and I'm not sure if filling the extra half or three-quarters of a gigabyte left on the disc would make a difference). Audio is Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo only, but it is not a complex mix (nor is there a laugh track that might occupy the surround channels). English SDH subtitles are provided for the episodes and all of the extras.

The aforementioned extras are not really informative, so much as an extension of the show's levity. Composer Joe Da Costa (who also plays the psychotic Ryan on the show) and Rob Jones start off discussing the importance of matching the tone of the scene with appropriate music, but it turns into a joke as a completely bombastic piece of heavy metal is played over a dramatic sequence. The outtakes start off being indicative of which performers have natural comic talent and which are forcing it as they clown around set and try to recover from blown lines, but the multiple takes of Paddy McGuinness throwing his jacket over his should trying to hit a bystander get progressively funnier. "Question Time" has the actors trying to come up with funny and stupid answers to a number of medical questions to show their lack of background research. The set tour is at least interesting in that it provides a good look at the layout of the main setting and various corridors and room. A picture gallery round out the extras. RLJ has the US rights as well, but there has been no announcement of an R1 release.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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