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Call the Midwife
E2 of 6
Series 1 - Episode 2
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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.
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
Sister Monica Joan
PC Peter Noakes
Full Episode Guide
Why isn't Miranda Hart in Call the Midwife series six?
Where oh where oh where is Chummy?
Call the Midwife: Where is Helen George?
Call the Midwife recap: All change at Nonnatus House but business as usual in Poplar
Call the Midwife: Who is Dame Harriet Walter's new nun Sister Ursula?
Meet the cast of Call the Midwife series six
Call The Midwife: What happened to Sister Mary Cynthia?
Will Emerald Fennell's Patsy return to Call The Midwife?
Call the Midwife's Emerald Fennell: "It's not over" for Patsy and Delia
Call the Midwife casts Leonie Elliott as new West Indian midwife
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Thandie Newton: "I cant work" in the UK - period dramas make it "slim pickings for people of colour"
It's a mistake to dismiss Call the Midwife as a cosy period drama