Call the Midwife

Series 2 - Episode 2

Call the Midwife
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

A pall of sadness hangs over Nonnatus House after nurse Cynthia Miller (Bryony Hannah) has a harrowing experience in one of those grim Poplar tenements.

Poor Cynthia battles a swirl of guilt and loss, and her friends become increasingly worried about her state of mind. It’s a genuinely upsetting story with some difficult scenes – as we learnt with the Christmas special, when Call the Midwife becomes dark, all light really does drain
from the world.

Meanwhile, Chummy (Miranda Hart) is making plans, as is her nice policeman husband Peter (Ben Caplan), who decides he must lose weight and get fit, so he goes to Nonnatus House’sjolly, portly odd-job man Fred, of all people. It’s a daft sub-plot, but believe me, you’ll need a bit of
a lift, even if it’s only from some silly comedy.

About this programme

2/8. The unexplained death of a newborn baby delivered by Cynthia puts the midwife under intense scrutiny from the police and the pregnant women of Poplar, placing immense strain on her work and health as she questions her own abilities. Chummy faces pressure of a different kind as she and PC Noakes pursue a dream which could bring exciting changes for the couple, while a chance encounter returns Jimmy to Jenny's life - with surprising results. Bryony Hannah, Miranda Hart and Jessica Raine 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
George Rainsford
Sheila Cooke
Jenny Bolt
Irene Kelly
Kirsty J Curtis
Pat Kelly
Eoin Geoghegan
Conor Kelly
Aaron Harris
Mrs Payne
Carolyn Tomkinson
Francine Spencer
Cassandra Compton
Mr Lennon
Andrew Ashford
April Lennon
Catherine Skinner
Jack Smith
Jake Bailey
Timothy Turner
Max Macmillan
Voice of mature Jenny
Vanessa Redgrave


Roger Goldby
Hugh Warren
Harriet Warner