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Call the Midwife
E5 of 6
Series 1 - Episode 5
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Peggy, the dear lady who scrubs the floors at Nonnatus House, is upset: her brother is unwell but he won’t go to hospital for life-saving treatment. He has a fear of “institutions” after his and Peggy’s early years were scarred by the horrors of the workhouse.
When young Jenny investigates further, she uncovers unsettling details about the siblings’ quiet life in their tiny prefab home.
But Sister Julienne’s reaction to a great taboo is surprising. It’s another sombre hour, lifted by Chummy (Miranda Hart), who faces down a torrent of ribaldry when she shows the women of Poplar what to do with condoms. And she doesn’t use a banana…
Jenny befriends Nonnatus House cleaner Peggy and her brother Frank, who has cancer, and learns all about the siblings' upbringing in the workhouse and the effect it has had on their relationship. Meanwhile, Fred has a new money-making venture - a pig called Evie - but his hopes of bringing home the bacon are scuppered when it turns out the porker is pregnant, so the midwives rally round to deliver the piglets.
Cast & Crew
Sister Monica Joan
PC Peter Noakes
Voice of mature Jenny
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