Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife

Series 1 - Episode 5



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

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
Peggy Elizabeth Rider
Frank Sean Baker
Jimmy George Rainsford
Dr Turner Stephen McGann
PC Peter Noakes Ben Caplan
Tip Jake Davies
Elsie May Sarah Counsell
Mrs Leonard Candis Nergaard
Barry May Brett Allen
Voice of mature Jenny Vanessa Redgrave
Director Jamie Payne
Producer Hugh Warren
Writer Harriet Warner
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