Call the Midwife

Series 1 - Episode 6

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

A dishevelled Sister Monica Joan stares emptily from the foreshore, barefoot and clad only in her nightie. We know she’s been stealing and now she is clearly unwell, to the consternation of her friends at Nonnatus House. 

As Heidi Thomas’s runaway hit drama ends (don’t fret, another series has been commissioned) there are seismic changes among the personnel. Chummy’s mummy comes to call, an overweening, imperious Crimplene-averse old bag who disapproves of her daughter’s choice of boyfriend, while Jenny gets more communication from that mysterious Man from Her Past.

Even if you think Call the Midwife is grimly picturesque hooey, it’s good to see so many actresses of a certain age and beyond giving their all. Like the magnificent Judy Parfitt as lost, rambling Sister Monica Joan. They don’t make ’em like that any more.

About this programme

6/6. Sister Monica Joan develops pneumonia after being found mysteriously wandering near the docks - but things only gets worse when she is accused of theft and faces the prospect of prison. Chummy's mother arrives to meet PC Noakes, but when the visit is less than a success, the midwife suffers a crisis of confidence and breaks off her relationship - leaving Jenny and the others trying to persuade her she is making a terrible mistake. Judy Parfitt, Miranda Hart and Jessica Raine star.

Cast and crew

Cast

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
Fred
Cliff Parisi
Jimmy
George Rainsford
Dr Turner
Stephen McGann
PC Peter Noakes
Ben Caplan
Cakey Crumb
Jeff Innocent
Cathy Powell
Tina O'Brien
Lady Fortescue-Browne
Cheryl Campbell
Chairman
Robin Browne
Mrs Leck
Debra Baker
Mother Jesu Emanuel
Kika Markham
Sergeant Parry
John Vernon
Mr Briggs
Graham Padden
Mrs Foster
Elizabeth Webster
Voice of mature Jenny
Vanessa Redgrave

Crew

Director
Jamie Payne
Producer
Hugh Warren
Writer
Heidi Thomas
Categories
Drama

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