Call the Midwife

Series 2 - Episode 3

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Identical twins Meg and Mave (both played by the estimable Monica Dolan) are dourly aggressive market traders married, according to local folklore, to the same man. But one of them is pregnant and the other, a fiercely over-protective herbalist, is determined that her sibling will not end up in the clutches of the Nonnatus House midwives. Good luck with that.

Actually, things are fraught at the nunnery now that Chummy has taken a six-month leave of absence. The staff number drops further when Jenny is sent at short notice on secondment to the London Hospital, where she wears a uniform with outrageously puffed sleeves designed by Norman Hartnell and is bullied by an unpleasant surgeon (Anthony Calf, the boss in New Tricks). There are some heart-stopping moments, but the best bits belong to sweet Sister Bernadette (Laura Main) as she quietly pines for love.

About this programme

3/8. Jenny is seconded to a short-staffed hospital in London, but grows increasingly reluctant to carry out her duties when she finds out she is working under intimidating surgeon Mr Tracey. Back in Poplar, the midwives are introduced to newcomer Jane and outspoken twins Meg and Mave Carter. The sisters are identical in every way, except one of them is now pregnant - forcing them to come to terms with the impact a baby will have on them. Jessica Raine and Bryony Hannah star.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jenny Lee
Jessica Raine
Sister Julienne
Jenny Agutter
Sister Evangelina
Pam Ferris
Sister Monica Joan
Judy Parfitt
Trixie Franklin
Helen George
Cynthia Miller
Bryony Hannah
Sister Bernadette
Laura Main
Dr Turner
Stephen McGann
Fred
Cliff Parisi
Jimmy
George Rainsford
Meg/Mave Carter
Monica Dolan
Sid Carter
Terence Frisch
Jane Sutton
Dorothy Atkinson
Murse Patsy Mount
Emerald Fennell
Mr Gillespie
Robert Putt
Aubrey Tracey
Anthony Calf
Francine Spencer
Cassandra Compton
Matron
Lucy Robinson
Voice of mature Jenny
Vanessa Redgrave

Crew

Director
Roger Goldby
Producer
Hugh Warren
Writer
Heidi Thomas
Writer
John Martin Johnson
Categories
Drama