Call the Midwife

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Call the Midwife

Series 4 - Episode 6

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Review

The brusque, formidable Nurse Crane (splendid Linda Bassett) gradually peels away her emotional armour and we start to see the good human being beneath. She might be brusque, but she’s not unkind, even when she takes the treatment of a “mollycoddled” diabetic teenage girl in hand, insisting she administer her own insulin. Previously it’s been the time-consuming bane of the nurses’ daily rounds.

Of course, there is a lesson in this, no one ever comes away from an episode of Call the Midwife without having learnt something, and here it's what happened to diabetic, pregnant women in the early 1960s.

The evening’s social message is delivered via new nun, Sister Mary Cynthia (Bryony Hannah), who visits a grim Gypsy encampment to help a teenage mum. She has to plead for tolerance in the face of local prejudice.

Summary

A diabetic teenager faces a tough time after falling pregnant, a situation complicated by her boyfriend's criminal past. Nurse Crane offers what support she can - but the girl's life is endangered when the young lovers go on the run. A case of petty theft brings a group of Irish travellers to the attention of the midwives, who end up treating a newborn infant and looking after an expectant mother, and it seems Fred's romance is on the up when he asks Violet to accompany him to a fundraising dance.

Cast & Crew

Sister Julienne Jenny Agutter
Phyllis Crane Linda Bassett
Sister Evangelina Pam Ferris
Sister Monica Joan Judy Parfitt
Nurse Trixie Franklin Helen George
Sister Mary Cynthia Bryony Hannah
Shelagh Turner Laura Main
Patsy Mount Emerald Fennell
Barbara Gilbert Charlotte Ritchie
Sister Winifred Victoria Yeates
Sgt Peter Noakes Ben Caplan
Dr Patrick Turner Stephen McGann
Fred Buckle Cliff Parisi
Timothy Turner Max Macmillan
Violet Gee Annabelle Apsion
Dulcie Roland Matilda Ziegler
Paulette Roland Nell Hudson
Dodie Aiden Kelly
Breda Anne O'Riordan
Delia Busby Kate Lamb
Vaughn Sellars Sam Gittins
Lenny Sellars Alfie Stoker
Angela Turner Alice Brown
Attracta Maria Doyle Kennedy
Pegeen Rita Davies
Police constable Tommy French
Voice of mature Jennifer Worth Vanessa Redgrave
Director Dominic Leclerc
Producer Ann Tricklebank
Writer Heidi Thomas
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