Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

It’s what Christmas TV’s all about: wallowing in picturesque deprivation then turning over to watch posh people in the country. There’s no time clash with Downton Abbey, so get settled for nearly three hours of life in the past…

Christmas comes to poverty-stricken, late 50s east London as cheerfully grubby urchins crowd around a shop with a telly and a copy of Radio Times
placed reverently in the window, at the start of a heart-warming, tear-stained Call the Midwife special.

At Nonnatus House, the convent’s working life continues as normal and women are still giving birth in squalid tenements. But for one wretched old lady, Christmas is just another painfully lonely day. Jenny tries to help, and uncovers a story of lifelong sorrow and abandonment. If this all sounds a bit Ken-Loach-with-snow, fear not, because Chummy and some cute kids provide light relief with a chaotic Nativity play.

About this programme

The nuns find a newborn baby on the steps of the convent. The discovery prompts the community to rally round, providing food and clothing for the unexpected arrival. But the question remains - who is his mother and why did she leave him there? While the investigation gets under way, Jenny gets caught up in the mystery surrounding semi-vagrant local Mrs Jenkins, and the newly married Chummy pulls out all the stops to mount a successful children's nativity play. Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Pam Ferris and Jenny Agutter star.

Cast and crew


Jenny Lee
Jessica Raine
Sister Julienne
Jenny Agutter
Sister Evangelina
Pam Ferris
Chummy Noakes
Miranda Hart
Sister Monica Joan
Judy Parfitt
Trixie Franklin
Helen George
Cynthia Miller
Bryony Hannah
Sister Bernadette
Laura Main
PC Peter Noakes
Ben Caplan
Dr Turner
Stephen McGann
Cliff Parisi
Mona Jones
Joanne Matthews
Hilda Levons
Monsay Whitney
Mrs Ivy Duncan
Lizzie Hopley
Lynette Duncan
Ami Metcalf
Mrs Jenkins
Sheila Reid
Jack Smith
Jake Bailey
Timothy Turner
Max Macmillan
Mr Duncan
David Kennedy
Voice of mature Jenny
Vanessa Redgrave
Old man
Micky Baker


Philippa Lowthorpe
Hugh Warren
Heidi Thomas