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One Born Every Minute

BAFTA  WINNER – Best Factual Series 2010

BAFTA NOMINEE – Best Factual Series 2011

Watching mothers screaming in agony during childbirth and seeing fathers go white with shock was never going to be a relaxing way to spend an evening. But if you can detach yourself from all the emotional mayhem, it is worth noticing how beautifully this series has been made. The use of music is always a reliable guide to the quality of a programme, and here it is both gently inspired and entirely unobtrusive…


Over seven series of One Born, in Bristol, Leeds and Southampton, the various mum moans, dad jokes and midwife-coping techniques have all become familiar, but there’s one maternity ward cliché that never loses its emotional impact, however many times we see it: a tiny new human emerging into the world and taking that very first breath. One may be born every minute, but it’s still incredibly special to witness.