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Call the Midwife

  • 2018
  • Season 8
  • 8 episodes
  • Drama
  • Family

Summary

Two new nuns join Nonnatus House, as the midwives deal with a shocking emergency, and Valerie helps mother of five Betty come to terms with her sixth child's birth defect.

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Episode 1: Call the Midwife

Summary

As spring arrives, Nonnatus House welcomes two new nuns, the experienced Sister Hilda and newly qualified Sister Frances, who must acclimatise to the changing East End. A complicated multiple birth tests the skills of some of the midwives to the limit, but Trixie has to face her fears and Valerie deals with a shocking case that arrives unexpectedly

Review

There are two uncharacteristically low-key arrivals at Nonnatus House as Sisters Frances and Hilda are dispatched from the mother home to do good works in Poplar in the first episode of the eighth series.

We know very little about either of them, apart from the fact that calf-eyed Sister Frances is “as green as grass” according to the waspish Phyllis (Linda Bassett) while Sister Hilda (Fenella Woolgar) used to live in the East End and has seen some of what life can be like in the raw.

As you’d expect, there are heart-tugging challenges and moral dilemmas, with plenty of righteous indignation on behalf of women who were so badly treated by the prevailing system in the early 1960s. Specifically women who had to seek an illegal abortion. One such unfortunate can’t face her guilt and shame – and the possibility of prosecution – when she suffers a botched op.

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Released on
2019-01-13
Languages
English
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Voice of mature Jennifer WorthVanessa Redgrave
Mother MildredMiriam Margolyes
Nurse Lucille AndersonLeonie Elliott
Nurse Phyllis CraneLinda Bassett
Nurse Trixie FranklinHelen George
Sister HildaFenella Woolgar
Nurse Valerie DyerJennifer Kirby
Sister FrancesElla Bruccoleri
Sister Monica JoanJudy Parfitt
Sister WinifredVictoria Yeates
Miss HigginsGeorgie Glen
Nurse Shelagh TurnerLaura Main
Dr Patrick TurnerStephen McGann
Fred BuckleCliff Parisi
Violet BuckleAnnabelle Apsion
Mr MahmoodSatnam Bhogal
Cath HindmanEmily Barber
Lesley WhyteJordon Stevens
May TangApril Rae Hoang
Angela TurnerAlice Brown
Timothy TurnerMax Macmillan
Sister JulienneJenny Agutter
Ned WhyteHarry Haynes
Clark LombardiAntonio Magro
Margaret LombardiJessica Clarke
Sergeant WoolfTrevor Cooper
ConstableJack Churms
Aunt FloNicky Goldie

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  • Summary

    As spring arrives, Nonnatus House welcomes two new nuns, the experienced Sister Hilda and newly qualified Sister Frances, who must acclimatise to the changing East End. A complicated multiple birth tests the skills of some of the midwives to the limit, but Trixie has to face her fears and Valerie deals with a shocking case that arrives unexpectedly

    Review

    There are two uncharacteristically low-key arrivals at Nonnatus House as Sisters Frances and Hilda are dispatched from the mother home to do good works in Poplar in the first episode of the eighth series.

    We know very little about either of them, apart from the fact that calf-eyed Sister Frances is “as green as grass” according to the waspish Phyllis (Linda Bassett) while Sister Hilda (Fenella Woolgar) used to live in the East End and has seen some of what life can be like in the raw.

    As you’d expect, there are heart-tugging challenges and moral dilemmas, with plenty of righteous indignation on behalf of women who were so badly treated by the prevailing system in the early 1960s. Specifically women who had to seek an illegal abortion. One such unfortunate can’t face her guilt and shame – and the possibility of prosecution – when she suffers a botched op.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

    Details

    Released on
    2019-01-13
    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Voice of mature Jennifer WorthVanessa Redgrave
    Mother MildredMiriam Margolyes
    Nurse Lucille AndersonLeonie Elliott
    Nurse Phyllis CraneLinda Bassett
    Nurse Trixie FranklinHelen George
    Sister HildaFenella Woolgar
    Nurse Valerie DyerJennifer Kirby
    Sister FrancesElla Bruccoleri
    Sister Monica JoanJudy Parfitt
    Sister WinifredVictoria Yeates
    Miss HigginsGeorgie Glen
    Nurse Shelagh TurnerLaura Main
    Dr Patrick TurnerStephen McGann
    Fred BuckleCliff Parisi
    Violet BuckleAnnabelle Apsion
    Mr MahmoodSatnam Bhogal
    Cath HindmanEmily Barber
    Lesley WhyteJordon Stevens
    May TangApril Rae Hoang
    Angela TurnerAlice Brown
    Timothy TurnerMax Macmillan
    Sister JulienneJenny Agutter
    Ned WhyteHarry Haynes
    Clark LombardiAntonio Magro
    Margaret LombardiJessica Clarke
    Sergeant WoolfTrevor Cooper
    ConstableJack Churms
    Aunt FloNicky Goldie
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