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Call the Midwife

  • 2017
  • Season 6
  • 8 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

A moving and intimate insight into the colourful world of midwifery and family life in 1950s east London.

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Episode 6: Call the Midwife

Summary

While the world anxiously awaits the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Valerie treats a pregnant Somali woman who has undergone female genital circumcision. The Nonnatus Team arrange for her to go into hospital, but she responds by going into hiding, and the situation is complicated further when it emerges that the woman's younger sister will soon go through the same process. Sister Mary Cynthia's depression is treated with electroconvulsive therapy, which she hopes will restore her faith.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The midwives confront the abomination of female genital mutilation when a young, heavily pregnant Somali woman goes into labour. Barbara and Valerie are appalled and baffled; “Do you mind me asking… have you had any surgery… down there…?”

But this is just one personal horror set against a wider terror as everyone holds their breath during the Cuban missile crisis.

That nice President Kennedy is on the radio delivering his ultimatum to Russian president Nikita Khrushchev, prompting civil defender Fred to urge the good people of east London to whitewash their windows in readiness for the atomic blast that is surely not too far away.

In an episode freighted with even more high emotion than usual, that poor lost and whey-faced soul Sister Mary Cynthia struggles to find her true self amid the hellish noise of the asylum and her cruel shock treatment.

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Cast

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Sister JulienneJenny Agutter
Nurse Phyllis CraneLinda Bassett
Sister Monica JoanJudy Parfitt
Nurse Trixie FranklinHelen George
Sister Mary CynthiaBryony Hannah
Shelagh TurnerLaura Main
Valerie DyerJennifer Kirby
Nurse Barbara GilbertCharlotte Ritchie
Sister WinifredVictoria Yeates
Tom HerewardJack Ashton
Dr Patrick TurnerStephen McGann
Fred BuckleCliff Parisi
Sister RamseyJemma Churchill
Nadifa Ghedi JamaYusra Warsama
Looyaan FarahSouleiman Bock
Timothy TurnerMax Macmillan
Angela TurnerAlice Brown
Deka Ghedi JamaMaryandhool Celsi
Mrs ArchibaldJane Guernier
Nurse LeonardJessica Regan
Christopher DockerillJack Hawkins
Nurse Delia BusbyKate Lamb
Mr KenleyGerrard McArthur
Violet BuckleAnnabelle Apsion
Nurse BarringtonJane Whittenshaw
Voice of mature Jennifer WorthVanessa Redgrave

Crew

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DirectorLisa Clarke
Executive producerPippa Harris
Executive producerHeidi Thomas
ProducerAnn Tricklebank
WriterLouise Ironside

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  • Episode 6

    Call the Midwife

    Summary

    While the world anxiously awaits the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Valerie treats a pregnant Somali woman who has undergone female genital circumcision. The Nonnatus Team arrange for her to go into hospital, but she responds by going into hiding, and the situation is complicated further when it emerges that the woman's younger sister will soon go through the same process. Sister Mary Cynthia's depression is treated with electroconvulsive therapy, which she hopes will restore her faith.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    The midwives confront the abomination of female genital mutilation when a young, heavily pregnant Somali woman goes into labour. Barbara and Valerie are appalled and baffled; “Do you mind me asking… have you had any surgery… down there…?”

    But this is just one personal horror set against a wider terror as everyone holds their breath during the Cuban missile crisis.

    That nice President Kennedy is on the radio delivering his ultimatum to Russian president Nikita Khrushchev, prompting civil defender Fred to urge the good people of east London to whitewash their windows in readiness for the atomic blast that is surely not too far away.

    In an episode freighted with even more high emotion than usual, that poor lost and whey-faced soul Sister Mary Cynthia struggles to find her true self amid the hellish noise of the asylum and her cruel shock treatment.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Sister JulienneJenny Agutter
    Nurse Phyllis CraneLinda Bassett
    Sister Monica JoanJudy Parfitt
    Nurse Trixie FranklinHelen George
    Sister Mary CynthiaBryony Hannah
    Shelagh TurnerLaura Main
    Valerie DyerJennifer Kirby
    Nurse Barbara GilbertCharlotte Ritchie
    Sister WinifredVictoria Yeates
    Tom HerewardJack Ashton
    Dr Patrick TurnerStephen McGann
    Fred BuckleCliff Parisi
    Sister RamseyJemma Churchill
    Nadifa Ghedi JamaYusra Warsama
    Looyaan FarahSouleiman Bock
    Timothy TurnerMax Macmillan
    Angela TurnerAlice Brown
    Deka Ghedi JamaMaryandhool Celsi
    Mrs ArchibaldJane Guernier
    Nurse LeonardJessica Regan
    Christopher DockerillJack Hawkins
    Nurse Delia BusbyKate Lamb
    Mr KenleyGerrard McArthur
    Violet BuckleAnnabelle Apsion
    Nurse BarringtonJane Whittenshaw
    Voice of mature Jennifer WorthVanessa Redgrave

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorLisa Clarke
    Executive producerPippa Harris
    Executive producerHeidi Thomas
    ProducerAnn Tricklebank
    WriterLouise Ironside

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