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Call the Midwife

Series 1-Episode 1

Series 1-Episode 1



You’ll probably feel like a gawping poverty tourist by the end of the first episode of this drama from writer Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Upstairs Downstairs). Set in 1957 and centred on a convent of midwives in London’s grim docklands, you’ll be mentally running through a deprivation checklist: scruffy urchins (tick); washing strung across grimy streets (tick); tattered women fighting in public (tick); chaotic humanity crammed into too-small houses (tick).

By turns chirpy and stilted, Call the Midwife features Jessica Raine as Jenny Lee, a posh gel
who answers her calling to be a midwife. Expecting a “small, private hospital”, she finds a building full of smiling women in wimples presided over by Jenny Agutter. There are birth scenes, so expect SCREAMING and Casualty-level mishaps. Talking of which, why, when people fall over in TV dramas, do they always knock themselves out?


Newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee prepares to begin her career and is posted to Nonnatus House in London, but what she assumed was a small private hospital turns out to be a nursing convent in the East End. Initially daunted by her new colleagues and surroundings, she slowly finds her feet and is given her first case - the care of a woman pregnant for the 25th time. Jessica Raine, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris and Judy Parfitt star in the drama, set in the 1950s and based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth.

Cast & 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
Fred Cliff Parisi
Dr Turner Stephen McGann
PC Peter Noakes Ben Caplan
Pearl Winston Lorraine Stanley
Maureen Warren Hayley Squires
Conchita Warren Carolina Valdes
Len Warren Tim Faraday
Mrs Hawkes Lacey Bond
Eddy Benjamin Wilkin
Muriel Sarah Ridgeway
Registrar David Annen
Voice of mature Jenny Vanessa Redgrave
Director Philippa Lowthorpe
Producer Hugh Warren
Writer Heidi Thomas
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