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February 23, 2014

Call the Midwife 3 Episode 6




Trixie is delighted when handsome curate Tom Hereward invites her to a cricket match, but is less impressed to find that they are taking a group of Cub Scouts to Clacton-on-Sea in a run-down old bus which breaks down en route. Patsy recognises a patient's mystery ailment as the legacy of a tropical disease contracted in a prisoner-of-war camp in the Far East, and reveals that she grew up in Singapore and was herself interred during the Second World War. Shelagh and Dr. Turner resolve to look into adopting a child. Jessica Raine does not appear at all in this episode.

February 16, 2014

Call The Midwife 3 Episode 5

Call the Midwife, series 3, episode 5, 

review below from The Telegraph.co.uk





The BBC period drama delivered its most poignant episode yet, says Rebecca Smith


(Jacob) Colin Young and Sally (Sarah Gordy)
(Jacob) Colin Young and Sally (Sarah Gordy) Photo: Neal Street Productions


Anyone hoping for a bit of light relief after the tragic conclusion of last week’s Call the Midwife was in for a disappointment. After Nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) was left broken-hearted at the death of her boyfriend Alec (Leo Staar), tonight’s episode needed the Kleenex out in full force once again. Call the Midwife has an unerring way of striking down the middle of many controversial topics, and tonight’s was one of the most powerful yet, shining a light on people with disabilities in the 1950s.


At the heart of the storyline was Jacob Milligan (Colin Young), a young man with cerebral palsy, who was helping with preparations for an annual dance at St Gideon’s, an institution caring for those with disabilities and learning difficulties. A moment that would move even the most detached of viewers saw him help Sally (Sarah Gordy), a woman with Down’s syndrome, choose a cardigan for the occasion. It soon transpired that Sally was pregnant, to the disbelief of the midwives and utter horror of Sally’s mother. The tale that unfurled tackled fraught issues of the time such as sexual consent and attitudes towards disabled people. And certainly the ending was bittersweet as Jacob left Sally her beloved cardigan as a memento whilst he was carted off to an all-male institution.


Bringing some light relief to the achingly sad pleas of Sally – rebuking her father for saying she wasn’t normal – was the combination of the wonderfully sensitive midwife Cynthia (Bryony Hannah) and the cheerful Chummy (Miranda Hart) on hand with her customary quirky remarks – “You’re tip top and tickety boo,” when checking Sally over.


Heidi Thomas’s powerful writing was here helped by two nuanced performances from Young and Gordy (both actors have the same disabilities as their characters), who crafted a delicate and tender relationship as well as expressing a bruising despondency and deep confusion about their situations.And if all that heartache wasn’t enough, the supposedly buoyant storyline of Sister Evangelina’s clandestine jubilee celebrations wasn’t without its road bumps (notably a secret alcoholic brother).


The one untarnished silver lining is a potential new romance on the cards for vivacious Trixie (Helen George), with the dishy new curate (Jack Ashton), who was making eyes at her as soon as he arrived in Poplar. Though, we all thought the same about Jenny and Alec, and look how that panned out…

It was a difficult storyline, superbly written and acted. With the second distressingly poignant episode in a row, it seems that Call the Midwife still has some great stories to tell, and is upping its quality towards the tail end of this series.























































February 13, 2014

February 09, 2014

Call the Midwife 3 Episode 4


Jenny's life is turned upside down when Alec has a terrible accident. Sister Winifred helps a holocaust survivor bury the past and Shelagh decides to join the local choir.




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February 02, 2014

Call The Midwife 3 - Episode 3

Call the Midwife, series 3, episode 3


Missing spark: Alec Jesmond (Leo Starr) and Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine)Call the Midwife series 3 episode 3 predictions: prison inmates, itchy scalps and lovers' tiffs