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Call the Midwife

Series 1-Episode 2
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Series 1-Episode 2

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Review

The characters in Call the Midwife have a habit of feverishly repeating “East End”, as if we might forget where they’re supposed to be. It’s an understandable compulsion, because despite the glimpses of the docks, grubby urchins, childhood illness and knocking shops, the 1950s styling is so meticulous that it looks, well, like a TV set.

Nevertheless, it’s a set on which some life-shaking, small-but-huge dramas are played out, and on which Miranda Hart makes a convincing departure from comedy in a role that’s very nearly straight. She’s Chummy, an upper-class trainee midwife who needs experience in the community in order to go to Africa as a missionary. Her inability to master one of the most important tools of the midwife’s trade — the bicycle —
makes her a laughing stock among the aforementioned urchins, while Sister Evangelina (Pam Ferris) just hates her for being posh.

Summary

Jenny sets out to help a heavily pregnant teenage girl who escaped an abusive life in Ireland and made her way to London, only to be taken in by a cafe owner who forced her into prostitution. Meanwhile, new midwife Chummy (Miranda Hart) arrives at Nonnatus House, and despite an overwhelming eagerness to please, she makes slow progress - a problem not helped by her inability to ride a bicycle. Jessica Raine and Amy McAllister co-star in the period medical drama.

Cast & Crew

Voice of mature Jenny Vanessa Redgrave
Jenny Lee Jessica Raine
Sister Julienne Jenny Agutter
Sister Evangelina Pam Ferris
Chummy Browne Miranda Hart
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
Mary Amy McAllister
Clifford Mason Liam Reilly
Ingrid Mason Sophie Cosson
Zakir Darwin Shaw
Charmaine Jessica Jones
Jack Smith Jake Bailey
Cafe proprietor Terry Bird
Father Joe Stanley Townsend
Betty Smith Victoria Alcock
Brena McEntee Penny Layden
Mrs Fraser Amelda Brown
Mr Smith Nick Bartlett
Sailor Mirchell Hunt
Director Philippa Lowthorpe
Producer Hugh Warren
Writer Heidi Thomas
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