Yesterday’s telly was an impressive night for period drama fans, with ITV’s shop-based show Mr Selfridge joining Call the Midwife on Sunday evenings.
Luckily they weren’t actually going head-to-head, with BBC1’s Call the Midwife starting an hour earlier at 8:00pm, so for some that meant a whole evening dedicated to vintage dresses and retro dramas. Not that Call the Midwife’s second instalment was all rose-tinted 60s charm…
you know you might as well just start crying at the beginning when call the midwife has a “contains some upsetting scenes” warning
— Bon (@bbonzaa) January 26, 2015
Wow… the BBC put a "parental guidance lock" on this ep of Call the Midwife. Must be a doozy.— Amy (@DoodleBaker) January 26, 2015
Just as I was noticing that I hadn't cried yet this episode someone had to go off and die. #callthemidwife— Rachel Pierce (@thejuniebird) January 26, 2015
It was a tough storyline…
Oh lads I'm in bits here watching #callthemidwife. To think stillborn babies didn't get a proper funeral or burial. It's awfully sad.— Donna (@DonnaIRL) January 25, 2015
But it is what we’ve come to expect from the BBC1 drama:
Jebus, can I ever get through an episode of Call The Midwife without ugly crying? ??
— Dee (@deedot255) January 26, 2015
Another touching episode from #CallTheMidwife😓😓😓— FAY (@InNARA2) January 26, 2015
We also saw the arrival of another new Nonnatus nurse – Phyllis Crane – played by Linda Bassett.
And The Bassett lands #callthemidwife— Helen George (@helen_george) January 25, 2015
I love the new additions to Nonnatus House Nurse Barbara Gilbert and Phyllis Crane #CalltheMidwife— Heather Lyons (@HezTalk) January 25, 2015
#callthemidwife Linda Bassett - what an asset!— Jenny Petersen (@hashdagg) January 25, 2015
While Patsy’s new relationship stirred up a reaction in the Twittersphere:
Hopefully we'll see more of lovely Patsy and Delia in forthcoming weeks #callthemidwife— jordanvibert (@jordanvibert) January 25, 2015
— ✩Daisy✩ (@Daisy_Ella_) January 25, 2015
Geez, Call the Midwife was even more emotional than usual tonight. Looking forward to more Patsy and Deliah!— Dr Sophie Cooper (@SophcoCooper) January 25, 2015
Over on ITV, Mr Selfridge was back for its third series. And clearly fans and stars alike were glad for its return…
Mr Selfridge!! I've missed you!! #harryisback— Katherine Kelly (@katherine_kelly) January 25, 2015
Delighted to see Mr Selfridge back on television last night. I really enjoyed the last series I hope this one is as good.— dianne gibbons MBE (@dianne_gibbons) January 26, 2015
Oh my god I missed Mr Selfridge in an out of control way. This is so calming.
— auhme82 (@auhme82) January 26, 2015
It was a sad opening episode, though, beginning with Harry burying his wife Rose.
Rose Selfridge!!! No!! 💔— Smudge (@KyloSmudge) January 25, 2015
I’m so sad tho because Rose has been killed off in Mr selfridge and Frances O’connor is my fave
— ☆ (@cumberstrade) January 25, 2015
Some people were left more perplexed than moved by the leap forward in time…
I’m so confused by the time jump in Mr Selfridge. All the children are completely different actors & the mother’s dead with no explanation.
— Chelsea Penny (@chelseapaton_) January 25, 2015
Have I missed something?? When did Rose Selfridge die? Did she go missing in France too?? #TheMissing— Gaynor Armstrong 💙 (@Gaynora) January 25, 2015
Yay Mr Selfridge is back! But how/why did Rose die? It's been so long that I can't remember that storyline….
— Reena Rani Sharma (@ReenaRaniSharma) January 25, 2015
But luckily there was a wedding or two to perk everyone up…
Agnes and Henri from Mr Selfridge are so cute together.
— chloe hulse (@chloereadsbooks) January 25, 2015
Selfridge wedding was beautiful 💕— Mia (@miarowdonxo) January 25, 2015
Agnes and Henri's wedding was just so lovely, I can't even deal with how perfect their wedding day was. #MrSelfridge— charlotte pearson (@mixtapecouture) January 25, 2015
1 wedding and a funeral! Does it get any better than that! We think it just might. See you same time next week #MrSelfridge lovers!— Selfridges (@Selfridges) January 25, 2015
It wasn’t all period drama on the box last night. Top Gear was back on BBC2 with the first episode since that controversial trip to Argentina…
Diplomatic incident on the way…as #TopGear crew all wearing Chilean flag badges, following the 'incidents' in Argentina.— Angus Duncan (@Angus_Duncan) January 25, 2015
Top Gear on best behaviour and not courting controversy. Presenters wearing Chile flag pins as thank you for their help in fleeing Argentina— Nigel Pauley (@nigelpauley) January 25, 2015
And fans were glad to have them back.
Top Gear, I’m in my happy place.
— Viresh Daya (@dayav07) January 26, 2015
Ed Sheeran got a lot of love as the episode’s star in a reasonably priced car.
Ed Sheeran seems like such cool guy to be friends with. #TopGear— Anojan Ahilan (@Pointwolfanj) January 26, 2015
Ed Sheeran on Top Gear though 🎉😁— sleepyhead!™️ (@LightningRawd) January 26, 2015
The Thinking Out Loud singer got his first ever driving lesson from the Stig.
Dad just showed me Ed Sheeran driving on Top Gear! You did a great job for someone who has never driven a car before! ❤??
— ❤Kris Nicole Jones❤ (@Krissybabe99) January 26, 2015
What a way to learn, eh?