The episode saw nurse Lucille (Leonie Elliott) visiting Clarice, who was suffering from a leg ulcer. And, as Lucille soon discovered, Clarice was living amongst the junk she had been hoarding for years, a mess that had authorities threatening to re-home her.
Lucille even learned that Clarice was wrapping up waste meant for the toilet in newspapers before stuffing it up the chimney.
But despite the rubbish (and smell), the two women quickly bonded, with Clarice showing Lucille a medal she had been given for her role in the suffragettes.
Viewers – including MP David Lammy – hailed the poignant scene, praising Crosbie’s tear-jerking performance.
This episode of #CallTheMidwife has got me in pieces. Annette Crosbie as Miss Milgrove the old suffragette just so inspiring. And so rare to see a storyline dealing with Sickle Cell Anaemia. Thank you.
#callthemidwife Congratulations to Annette Crosbie for such a moving performance. Amazing scenes between her and Nurse Anderson. ???. Beautifully written and acted. Tender scenes that are thought provoking. Congratulations to #BBC for tremendous show.
So it was Annette Crosbie playing a former Suffragette who made me cry this week! I always find it incredible how a show set in the 50s/60s can be so relevant, especially when it comes to women's issues. #callthemidwife
With half of the audience left crying, Clarice’s story had a bittersweet ending. Although she was finally moved to a home, Lucille convinced her to move of her own free will, as “a woman of substance can make a life anywhere”.