Call the Midwife

Series 2 - Episode 4

Call the Midwife
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

There are fears to be faced and there are times to be brave in a particularly sad episode of Heidi Thomas’s hit drama. Loneliness has to be confronted, too, when we learn a little bit more about mousy, unnaturally quiet Jane (Dorothy Atkinson), the new arrival at Nonnatus House. Jane’s life has been wreathed in sadness but there could be a glint of romantic sunlight on the horizon.

Jenny (Jessica Raine) has complicated feelings when she attends a birth with a difficult outcome and lets her professional mask slip. Trust the shrewd, wise Sister Evangelina (Pam Ferris) to pinpoint Jenny’s feelings of
guilt as the young midwife spends just a bit too much time helping out the family that feels it’s been torn asunder: “We only deliver the babies, we don’t bring them up as well.”

About this programme

4/8. Jenny returns from her stint at the London Hospital and heads straight into one of the most emotive cases of her career when she and Sister Evangelina assist at the birth of a baby with spina bifida. As the parents struggle to come to terms with their son's life-limiting condition, Jenny, who has never delivered a disabled child, also fails to comprehend the far-reaching implications for the family. Meanwhile, Nonnatus House plays host to an acquaintance of Chummy - the Rev Applebee Thornton, an eccentric cleric who befriends Jane. Jessica Raine, Pam Ferris and Dorothy Atkinson star, with a guest appearance by Jason Watkins (Trollied).

Cast and crew


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
Cliff Parisi
Douglas Roberts
Jamie Thomas King
Timothy Turner
Max Macmillan
Jane Sutton
Dorothy Atkinson
Jennifer Aries
Ruby Roberts
Leanne Rowe
Rev Applebee-Thornton
Jason Watkins
Mr Giddings
Trevor Martin
Mrs Giddings
Margaret Stallard
Kelsey Gallagher
Mrs Peacock
Susan Brown
Colin Young
Voice of mature Jenny
Vanessa Redgrave


Roger Goldby
Hugh Warren
Mark Catley