Call the Midwife

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Call the Midwife

Series 6 - Episode 1

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The midwives return to Nonnatus House from their philanthropic trip to South Africa, though there’s a conspicuous absence – Trixie, who’s stayed behind “on loan” for two months. That’s not the only change in personnel, there’s a new top nun, the terrifying Sister Ursula (brilliant Harriet Walter), a tough cookie who believes in “frugal luncheons” and that “biscuits are for fainters only”.

She can’t really be as horrible as she seems, even when she puts extreme pressure on fragile Sister Mary Cynthia. Or maybe she is. Unthinkably, Sister Ursula is the new Superior, displacing lovely Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) who has to do the menial stuff with the rest of the nuns. She says she doesn’t mind, but you can see her heart is breaking.

Still, there’s not too much time to dwell as Heidi Thomas’s hugely popular, soul-warming series returns – a brute is terrorising his pregnant wife and little boy.

Summary

New series. The nuns and midwives return home after their trip to South Africa, to find Nonnatus House has come under new management. The formidable Sister Ursula (Harriet Walter) has taken charge and introduced some drastic changes to the way the clinic is run, which Sister Julienne, bound by her vow of obedience, is powerless to oppose. The midwives come to the aid of a victim of domestic violence whose husband is about to be released from prison, and who risks losing everything if she seeks a divorce. Sister Mary Cynthia suffers further anxiety attacks, and Patsy receives distressing news about her father.

Cast & Crew

Sister Julienne Jenny Agutter
Nurse Phyllis Crane Linda Bassett
Sister Monica Joan Judy Parfitt
Sister Mary Cynthia Bryony Hannah
Shelagh Turner Laura Main
Nurse Patsy Mount Emerald Fennell
Nurse Barbara Gilbert Charlotte Ritchie
Sister Winifred Victoria Yeates
Dr Patrick Turner Stephen McGann
Fred Buckle Cliff Parisi
Tom Hereward Jack Ashton
Sgt Peter Noakes Ben Caplan
Angela Turner Alice Brown
Timothy Turner Max Macmillan
Beryl Hannah Traylen
Sister Ursula Harriet Walter
Nurse Delia Busby Kate Lamb
Trudy Watts Pearl Appleby
Mickey Watts Tommy Finnegan
Jimmy Jack Johns
Lester Watts James Farrar
Zelda Lucy Speed
Violet Buckle Annabelle Apsion
Miss Dawkins Kate Copeland
Mr Wylton Nicholas Asbury
Voice of mature Jennifer Vanessa Redgrave
Director Sheree Folkson
Executive Producer Heidi Thomas
Executive Producer Pippa Harris
Producer Ann Tricklebank
Writer Heidi Thomas
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