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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 2: Call the Midwife

Summary

Lucille treats an elderly hoarder (Annette Crosbie) suffering from a malodorous leg ulcer, and fears that living surrounded by towering piles of rubbish, books and tins of food will have a serious effect on her recovery. Sister Hilda has a challenging case on her hands when a family newly arrived from Ghana are found to be suffering from an unidentified illness, and Violet runs for a place on the local council, but Fred is not convinced she can make a difference to the community, placing more faith in the Civil Defence Corps

Review

Annette Crosbie guest-stars as the proud, redoubtable Clarice Milgrove, a lady slowly being subsumed by the hoarded contents of her filthy house. But when nice nurse Lucille (Leonie Elliott) steps in to help, she discovers that Clarice has the most extraordinary, remarkable history.

It’s one of those Call the Midwife plots that comes complete with an open box of tissues and a pillow to cry into, because cry you jolly well will, helped along by the soupy orchestral soundtrack forever swooping in the background. Or maybe that should be foreground.

Crosbie is so moving as a woman who has done much for others, but who must face the end alone and struggling. Prepare to be in a heap by the credits.

The episode’s other medical story involves a Ghanaian immigrant family suffering from a mysterious disease that sends Dr Turner to his textbooks for answers.

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Details

Released on
2019-01-20
Languages
English
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Sister JulienneJenny Agutter
Nurse Phyllis CraneLinda Bassett
Sister Monica JoanJudy Parfitt
Nurse Trixie FranklinHelen George
Nurse Shelagh TurnerLaura Main
Violet BuckleAnnabelle Apsion
Nurse Lucille AndersonLeonie Elliott
Nurse Valerie DyerJennifer Kirby
Dr Patrick TurnerStephen McGann
Fred BuckleCliff Parisi
Sister FrancesElla Bruccoleri
Sister HildaFenella Woolgar
Miss HigginsGeorgie Glen
MaureenDdevon Pomeroy
Joel AldooEkow Quartey
Flora AldooJessica Kennedy
Matthew AldooZion Kofi
Mrs LarkinJasmine Jones
Clarice MillgroveAnnette Crosbie
Gareth YardleyRyan Coath
Timothy TurnerMax Macmillan
Angela TurnerAlice Brown
May TangApril Rae Hoang
Sgt WoolfTrevor Cooper
Welfare officerJanine Wood
Voice of mature Jennifer WorthVanessa Redgrave

Crew

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Executive producerPippa Harris
Executive producerHeidi Thomas
Executive producerAnn Tricklebank
ProducerAnn Tricklebank
WriterLouise Ironside
DirectorKate Saxon

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  • Summary

    Lucille treats an elderly hoarder (Annette Crosbie) suffering from a malodorous leg ulcer, and fears that living surrounded by towering piles of rubbish, books and tins of food will have a serious effect on her recovery. Sister Hilda has a challenging case on her hands when a family newly arrived from Ghana are found to be suffering from an unidentified illness, and Violet runs for a place on the local council, but Fred is not convinced she can make a difference to the community, placing more faith in the Civil Defence Corps

    Review

    Annette Crosbie guest-stars as the proud, redoubtable Clarice Milgrove, a lady slowly being subsumed by the hoarded contents of her filthy house. But when nice nurse Lucille (Leonie Elliott) steps in to help, she discovers that Clarice has the most extraordinary, remarkable history.

    It’s one of those Call the Midwife plots that comes complete with an open box of tissues and a pillow to cry into, because cry you jolly well will, helped along by the soupy orchestral soundtrack forever swooping in the background. Or maybe that should be foreground.

    Crosbie is so moving as a woman who has done much for others, but who must face the end alone and struggling. Prepare to be in a heap by the credits.

    The episode’s other medical story involves a Ghanaian immigrant family suffering from a mysterious disease that sends Dr Turner to his textbooks for answers.

    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
    2019-01-20
    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Sister JulienneJenny Agutter
    Nurse Phyllis CraneLinda Bassett
    Sister Monica JoanJudy Parfitt
    Nurse Trixie FranklinHelen George
    Nurse Shelagh TurnerLaura Main
    Violet BuckleAnnabelle Apsion
    Nurse Lucille AndersonLeonie Elliott
    Nurse Valerie DyerJennifer Kirby
    Dr Patrick TurnerStephen McGann
    Fred BuckleCliff Parisi
    Sister FrancesElla Bruccoleri
    Sister HildaFenella Woolgar
    Miss HigginsGeorgie Glen
    MaureenDdevon Pomeroy
    Joel AldooEkow Quartey
    Flora AldooJessica Kennedy
    Matthew AldooZion Kofi
    Mrs LarkinJasmine Jones
    Clarice MillgroveAnnette Crosbie
    Gareth YardleyRyan Coath
    Timothy TurnerMax Macmillan
    Angela TurnerAlice Brown
    May TangApril Rae Hoang
    Sgt WoolfTrevor Cooper
    Welfare officerJanine Wood
    Voice of mature Jennifer WorthVanessa Redgrave

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerPippa Harris
    Executive producerHeidi Thomas
    Executive producerAnn Tricklebank
    ProducerAnn Tricklebank
    WriterLouise Ironside
    DirectorKate Saxon
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