‘Call the Midwife’ Season 5 Episode 2 review: An undercurrent of life-affirming positivity

If there’s a connective thread between this episode of Call the Midwife and last week’s instalment, it’s that both are concerned with people in difficult and unusual situations having to dig deep for strength. Season 5’s opener told the story of a family encountering the effects of the drug Thalidomide, and here we see a couple struggle to deal … >

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‘Call the Midwife’ trailer and start date revealed for Season 5

BBC One has released a trailer for the new season of Call the Midwife. The drama returns at 8pm on Sunday 17 January on BBC One, following last month’s Christmas special. > Buy the complete Season 1-4 box set on Amazon. In the first of eight new episodes, Easter 1961 is approaching, and for the … >

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‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas special review: Profound and uplifting charm

Picking things up after the more heartbreaking and downbeat end to its fourth season, Call the Midwife returns to BBC One for its annual Christmas special. Like last year’s festive instalment, and many other episodes of the show, it juggles a significant number of storylines. There are probably about five separately identifiable intersecting strands to the episode’s plot, … >

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‘Call the Midwife’ Season 4 finale review

Like the best episodes of Call the Midwife, Season 4’s finale is at once uplifting and heartbreakingly sad. And, really, if there’s anything the episode is about, it’s how the good always comes with the bad; it’s most explicitly stated in a single, brief conversation between Tom and Trixie: she on the way back from delivering a child, … >

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‘Call the Midwife’ Season 4 Episode 7 review

The idea of two babies being accidentally swapped and given to different mothers is a nightmare scenario for new parents and the last thing you’d expect the diligent midwives of Nonnatus House to do. But a water shortage and a fire in the maternity home lead to exactly that happening here, and the weight of the … >

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‘Call the Midwife’ Season 4 episode guide

Call the Midwife returns to BBC One for a fourth season. > Buy the complete Season 1-3 boxset on Amazon.   Christmas 2014 special Thursday 25 December 2014, 7.50pm > Read our review. The episode opens in 2005. Jennifer Worth is at home preparing for Christmas with husband Philip, and as she reminisces about her … >

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‘Call the Midwife’ Season 4 Episode 6 review

Easily the most compelling story within Call the Midwife’s sixth episode of the season is that of Paulette (Nell Hudson). A 17-year-old diabetic who discovers she is pregnant and is presented with the possibility of a dangerous pregnancy or a legal abortion (rare at the time but available because having the baby could harm its health and … >

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‘Call the Midwife’ Season 4 Episode 5 review

It’s unusual for a one-hour drama to feel rushed, but this week’s Call the Midwife does juggle a little more than it can manage to. The pacing is just a little off, even if the story beats are still moving and compelling. While we remain without any sign of Chummy, and Sister Evangelina has been gone … >

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‘Call the Midwife’ Season 4 Episode 4 review

Even more than a regular episode of Call the Midwife, this instalment is about the roles that women play in public life. Whether it’s Trixie being silenced by an important bishop, prostitutes dealing with getting syphilis so that they don’t lose clients or the worries of a man who thinks a daughter couldn’t carry on his family … >

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