Call the Midwife

Series 1 - Episode 3

Call the Midwife
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Dainty new midwife Jenny (Jessica Raine) is getting the rough edges knocked off her in the tough old East End of this wildly popular soap, though she gets squeamish visiting a rotting old man. (Jenny’s getting in a bit of practice as a district nurse.) The old fella (indestructible Roy Hudd) is a dear with a fund of war stories, but he’s lonely and his flat is infested with cockroaches.

As for the pregnant ladies of Poplar, they’re still queuing up for antenatal attention, though heads turn when a middle-aged couple arrives at the clinic. The expectant dad is dead keen, but mum is weary and scared – with good reason, as it turns out.

About this programme

3/6. Jenny is placed on the district nursing roster to improve her experience of community practice, and grows close to an ailing veteran soldier (guest star Roy Hudd). Trixie and Cynthia welcome a new patient to the antenatal clinic, a fortysomething woman who is upset by her pregnancy, despite her husband's joy. But at the birth, everyone gets a surprise. Drama, with Jessica Raine, Laura Main, Bryony Hannah and Miranda Hart.

Cast and crew


Voice of mature Jenny
Vanessa Redgrave
Jenny Lee
Jessica Raine
Sister Julienne
Jenny Agutter
Sister Evangelina
Pam Ferris
Chummy Browne
Miranda Hart
Sister Monica Joan
Judy Parfitt
Trixie Franklin
Helen George
Cynthia Miller
Bryony Hannah
Sister Bernadette
Laura Main
Cliff Parisi
Dr Turner
Stephen McGann
PC Peter Noakes
Ben Caplan
Joe Collett
Roy Hudd
George Rainsford
Winnie Lawson
Tessa Churchard
Ted Lawson
John Ashton
Ingrid Mason
Sophie Cosson
Valerie King
David Maybrick


Philippa Lowthorpe
Hugh Warren
Jack Williams