Call the Midwife

Series 1 - Episode 4

Call the Midwife
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

A well-spoken couple arrives in the East End; the wife is pregnant but she has a headache, so she joins the oiks at the NHS clinic in the parish hall for a check-up. But a noisy slattern takes exception to the posh lady, who storms out. Thus a train of events is set in motion that gives gentle midwife Cynthia (Bryony Hannah) the biggest emotional test of her young life.

There is light relief as Chummy (Miranda Hart) takes her relationship with Constable Noakes a bit further and her colleagues give her tips on being coquettish. But the smiles fade when a young dad looks into his baby daughter’s pram. She’s not there.

About this programme

4/6. A baby girl, recently delivered by Jenny, is snatched from her pram, uniting the community in a desperate search for the missing child. A newlywed couple are excited about becoming parents - but when the wife develops a serious medical condition, their chances of happiness are jeopardised. Jessica Raine, Bryony Hannah and Miranda Hart star in the 1950s-set nursing drama, with Thomasin Rand and Tom Goodman-Hill.

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
Amy McAllister
George Rainsford
Shirley Redmond
Emma Noakes
Ron Redmond
Tom Colley
Susie Baxter
David Jones
Tom Goodman-Hill
Margaret Jones
Thomasin Rand
Nicola Munns
Anton Saunders


Jamie Payne
Hugh Warren
Esther Wilson