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Call the Midwife

Series 2-Episode 5

Series 2-Episode 5

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Review

Call the Midwife has always been the most subversively feminist mainstream drama on television, but tonight it fully embraces the sisterhood with an angry episode about the horrors of illegal abortion, rounded off with a paean to the Pill.

Sharon Small plays Nora Harding, an exhausted mother of eight with a jobless husband and another baby on the way. Distraught with poverty and misery in the family’s two-roomed hovel, she decides she must rid herself of the baby. Watch out, it’s tough stuff, particularly for an 8pm Sunday-night drama.

The mood lightens a little as the gang at Nonnatus House is persuaded by the vicar’s very pushy wife to hold a baby show during the annual fête. But, again, it’s little, lovelorn, desperately troubled Sister Bernadette (Laura Main) who will grab your heart.

Summary

The locals excitedly prepare for the summer fete, featuring a baby show for which Trixie volunteers to secure a celebrity judge. Not everyone is in the mood for a party, however, as Jenny finds when she meets Nora Harding, a mother-of-eight distraught that she will soon have another mouth to feed. The midwife does her best to reassure the desperate mum, but her words fall on deaf ears and Nora ends up taking matters into her own hands. Jessica Raine and Helen George star, with a guest appearance by Sharon Small (Mistresses).

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
Dr Turner Stephen McGann
Fred Cliff Parisi
Jane Sutton Dorothy Atkinson
Timothy Turner Max Macmillan
Nora Harding Sharon Small
Bill Harding Mark Flitton
Jack Smith Jake Bailey
Mrs Clarke Lucy Russell
Mrs Pritchard Alison Newman
Miriam Pritchard Charlotte Victoria
Clifford Raines Tristan Gemmill
Voice of mature Jenny Vanessa Redgrave
Director China Moo-Young
Producer Hugh Warren
Writer Heidi Thomas
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