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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 7: Call the Midwife

Summary

Dr Turner is reunited with a couple whose daughter was born without limbs, and takes them to a specialist unit where she can be fitted for prosthetics. However, while the experience helps the girl's mother to realise that she is not alone, it proves traumatic for the father, who blames his wife for his child's condition. Nurse Crane takes charge of Sister Winifred's driving lessons, and Trixie thinks Christopher is hiding something from her.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The cloud cast by Dr Turner’s prescribing of thalidomide grows darker as little Susan, badly deformed by the drug, is taken to nursery by her mum, Rhoda. But Rhoda is humiliated and angered, telling Dr Turner that her daughter has been rejected because the nursery “doesn’t take sick children”. It’s yet another piece of unthinking, hurtful prejudice that Rhoda and her husband must face in their quest to make the world a better place for their little girl. Ignorance, though, is widespread. “Why isn’t it in the papers more?” she wonders.

Here in 2017 we know that the parents of thalidomide babies faced a decades-long battle for recognition and compensation, and that knowledge weighs heavily as a little knot of families meets tentatively for the first time to gain strength and support.

For entirely different reasons Phyllis needs both when a driving lesson ends disastrously, and Trixie feels that her new swain, the dentist, is giving her the runaround.

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Cast

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Sister JulienneJenny Agutter
Nurse Phyllis CraneLinda Bassett
Sister Monica JoanJudy Parfitt
Nurse Trixie FranklinHelen George
Shelagh TurnerLaura Main
Valerie DyerJennifer Kirby
Nurse Barbara GilbertCharlotte Ritchie
Sister WinifredVictoria Yeates
Dr Patrick TurnerStephen McGann
Fred BuckleCliff Parisi
Tom HerewardJack Ashton
Sgt Peter NoakesBen Caplan
Rhoda MullucksLiz White
Carrie AntoineMelody Grove
Jerome AntoineMarcus Watson
Wesley AntoineTheodore Green
Lenny AntoineD'Andre Arthur
Nurse Delia BusbyKate Lamb
Timothy TurnerMax Macmillan
Belinda MullucksLily-Rose Aslandogdu
Perry MullucksJamie McLelland
Bernie MullucksChris Reilly
Marcus AntoineLeemore Marrett Jr
Lydia TimptonClaire Price
Sister AshmanRobin Weaver
AlfPatrick Driver
GlynRomeo Hadley
Constable MadiganChris Bell
Christopher DockerillJack Hawkins
Vera DownleyNicola Harrison
MoragHelen Belbin
Voice of mature Jennifer WorthVanessa Redgrave

Crew

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DirectorSyd Macartney
Executive producerHeidi Thomas
Executive producerPippa Harris
ProducerAnn Tricklebank
WriterHeidi Thomas

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  • Episode 7

    Call the Midwife

    Summary

    Dr Turner is reunited with a couple whose daughter was born without limbs, and takes them to a specialist unit where she can be fitted for prosthetics. However, while the experience helps the girl's mother to realise that she is not alone, it proves traumatic for the father, who blames his wife for his child's condition. Nurse Crane takes charge of Sister Winifred's driving lessons, and Trixie thinks Christopher is hiding something from her.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    The cloud cast by Dr Turner’s prescribing of thalidomide grows darker as little Susan, badly deformed by the drug, is taken to nursery by her mum, Rhoda. But Rhoda is humiliated and angered, telling Dr Turner that her daughter has been rejected because the nursery “doesn’t take sick children”. It’s yet another piece of unthinking, hurtful prejudice that Rhoda and her husband must face in their quest to make the world a better place for their little girl. Ignorance, though, is widespread. “Why isn’t it in the papers more?” she wonders.

    Here in 2017 we know that the parents of thalidomide babies faced a decades-long battle for recognition and compensation, and that knowledge weighs heavily as a little knot of families meets tentatively for the first time to gain strength and support.

    For entirely different reasons Phyllis needs both when a driving lesson ends disastrously, and Trixie feels that her new swain, the dentist, is giving her the runaround.

    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
    Shelagh TurnerLaura Main
    Valerie DyerJennifer Kirby
    Nurse Barbara GilbertCharlotte Ritchie
    Sister WinifredVictoria Yeates
    Dr Patrick TurnerStephen McGann
    Fred BuckleCliff Parisi
    Tom HerewardJack Ashton
    Sgt Peter NoakesBen Caplan
    Rhoda MullucksLiz White
    Carrie AntoineMelody Grove
    Jerome AntoineMarcus Watson
    Wesley AntoineTheodore Green
    Lenny AntoineD'Andre Arthur
    Nurse Delia BusbyKate Lamb
    Timothy TurnerMax Macmillan
    Belinda MullucksLily-Rose Aslandogdu
    Perry MullucksJamie McLelland
    Bernie MullucksChris Reilly
    Marcus AntoineLeemore Marrett Jr
    Lydia TimptonClaire Price
    Sister AshmanRobin Weaver
    AlfPatrick Driver
    GlynRomeo Hadley
    Constable MadiganChris Bell
    Christopher DockerillJack Hawkins
    Vera DownleyNicola Harrison
    MoragHelen Belbin
    Voice of mature Jennifer WorthVanessa Redgrave

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorSyd Macartney
    Executive producerHeidi Thomas
    Executive producerPippa Harris
    ProducerAnn Tricklebank
    WriterHeidi Thomas

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