Call the Midwife

Series 1 - Episode 5

Call the Midwife
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Peggy, the dear lady who scrubs the floors at Nonnatus House, is upset: her brother is unwell but he won’t go to hospital for life-saving treatment. He has a fear of “institutions” after his and Peggy’s early years were scarred by the horrors of the workhouse.

When young Jenny investigates further, she uncovers unsettling details about the siblings’ quiet life in their tiny prefab home.

But Sister Julienne’s reaction to a great taboo is surprising. It’s another sombre hour, lifted by Chummy (Miranda Hart), who faces down a torrent of ribaldry when she shows the women of Poplar what to do with condoms. And she doesn’t use a banana…

About this programme

5/6. Jenny befriends Nonnatus House cleaner Peggy and her brother Frank, who has cancer, and learns all about the siblings' upbringing in the workhouse and the effect it has had on their relationship. Meanwhile, Fred has a new money-making venture - a pig called Evie - but his hopes of bringing home the bacon are scuppered when it turns out the porker is pregnant, so the midwives rally round to deliver the piglets.

Cast and crew


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
Elizabeth Rider
Sean Baker
George Rainsford
Dr Turner
Stephen McGann
PC Peter Noakes
Ben Caplan
Jake Davies
Elsie May
Sarah Counsell
Mrs Leonard
Candis Nergaard
Barry May
Brett Allen
Voice of mature Jenny
Vanessa Redgrave


Jamie Payne
Hugh Warren
Harriet Warner