Is something big about to happen in Call the Midwife?

BBC1 is keeping the final episode of the period drama's third series hidden from TV critics, which suggests a major plot twist


Now it’s not as if I need cold, hard facts to write about Call the Midwife. In fact, there’s something uniquely entertaining about making spurious and entirely ill-informed suggestions on what dramas might befall the residents of Nonnatus House next. 


But this week, as the third series of Call the Midwife comes to a close, I really do have almost nothing to go on. Aside from a 22-second preview at the end of last Sunday’s episode, I know zero. Zilch. Nada. 

The BBC are playing their cards close to their chest this week and keeping the series finale away from my (and all other TV critics’) prying eyes. 

Normally this means that something BIG is going to happen. For a bit of context, the episode of Downton Abbey where Lady Sybil died in childbirth was also kept under lock and key. 

So what might happen in the series three finale? Well, the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it preview at the end of episode seven did reveal some key plot points…

– Sister Monica Joan was seen with wild eyes and an even wilder hairdo – could the elderly nun’s health be about to nosedive?

– Talking of health, Chummy was seen crying at work as Sister Evangelina talked about the importance of a mother/daughter bond, while her loyal husband PC Noakes helped her sick mother up the stairs to bed. Maybe her mother, the cold-hearted Lady Browne, is about to breathe her last?

– Meanwhile, Doc Turner and Shelagh received a letter from the adoption agency. After the Doc’s angry outburst and shock revelation about his past last week, might their dreams of having a child be about to come to an end?

– And Jenny’s heart might just be on the mend as the young midwife was seen making eyes at the rather attractive cousin of a pregnant patient. But the preview ends with Sister Julienne saying, “Nurse Lee has some news for us” and that news is likely to be more than her admitting she’s got the hots for someone new. Could Jenny be about to fall head over heels and leave the East End for a life of married bliss with this new chap? Jessica Raine, the actress who plays her, is hot property at the moment, so it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to wonder if she might be hankering after pastures new…  

Now, all that said, this elusive finale could be completely innocent. Maybe those clever chaps over at BBC1 just want to ensure we tune in (like we’d miss the finale of Midwife!). 

But chances are we are about to witness some serious drama. And whatever it is, it’s likely to be a game changer when it comes to series four.

Call the Midwife series 3 concludes on Sunday at 8:00pm on BBC1