Call the Midwife viewers were close, oh so close, to finishing off an episode without tearing up this week. However, as Sunday night’s instalment drew to an end, Helen George’s Nurse Trixie Franklin finally came clean about her spiralling alcoholism.
After dealing with her break-up with Christopher and separating a mother from her children in the show’s Huntington’s Disease storyline, Trixie relapsed into dangerous old habits.
Many viewers also praised the show for its realistic portrayal of alcohol dependency.
What @helen_george’s storyline has highlighted is that an alcoholic isn’t always someone who is permanently drunk. (Which is very much the stereotypical view) but that it can be someone who is dependent on alcohol, particularly as a reward to get them through the day.
No programme gets to me like #callthemidwife Trixies story is really hitting home as my dad's an alcoholic. @CallTheMidwife1 do an amazing job raising awareness for subjects that's are still taboo in today's society.
I knew I would but I still cried like a baby at #callthemidwife Trixie's story was so upsetting but I'm glad she's looking after herself. @helen_george is just so good at bringing the heart & truth to Trixie. Now hopefully next season we get a more long term happiness for Trixie pic.twitter.com/hbNDof7Nnx
As writer Heidi Thomas told fans at a screening last year, Helen George will only be gone for a couple of episodes after appearing briefly at the start of next week’s instalment. Which means you’re probably due to shed even more tears for Trixie next week.