Call the Midwife

CalltheMidwife2013When the second season of Call the Midwife comes to an end, the show’s writers will be on their own.

The current season of the hit BBC drama is based closely on the books of the late Jennifer Worth and the source material will be all used up prior to the newly commissioned third season.

“I will have [used up all Worth’s stories] by the end of the second series,” said series co-writer Heidi Thomas told Radio Times.

“But don’t worry. It doesn’t mean the show will end. The characters will be well developed by then and Jennifer was happy for us to continue.” Continue reading »

7:30pm Tuesday 25 December on BBC ONE

Christmas is coming and in Poplar the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House are busier than ever.

When an abandoned baby is discovered on the steps of the convent, the whole community rallies round to provide food and clothing and to try to trace his mother.

Nurse Jenny Lee, meanwhile, gets caught up in the heartbreaking mystery that surrounds an elderly, semi-vagrant local woman, Mrs Jenkins.

For newly married Chummy, other challenges await, as she pulls out all the stops to mount a truly memorable children’s nativity play.

Jenny is played by Jessica Raine, Mrs Jenkins by Sheila Reid and Chummy by Miranda Hart.

Created and written by Heidi Thomas and based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, Call The Midwife returns for a Christmas special in December 2012 and a second series early in 2013.

Christmas is coming and in Poplar the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House are busier than ever. When an abandoned baby is discovered on the steps of the convent, the whole community rallies round to provide food and clothing and to try and trace his mother.

Nurse Jenny Lee, meanwhile, gets caught up in the heart-breaking mystery which surrounds an elderly, semi-vagrant local woman, Mrs Jenkins, played by Sheila Reid. For newly married Chummy, other challenges await, as she pulls out all the stops to mount a truly memorable children’s nativity play. Continue reading »

8:00pm Sunday 12 February on BBC ONE

When Frank, the brother of Peggy the cleaner at Nonnatus House, is diagnosed with cancer Jenny and the nuns are called upon to provide him with care.

In doing so Jenny comes to know the siblings better, learning of their upbringing in a workhouse and the profound effect it has had on their relationship.?

Meanwhile the other residents of Nonnatus House find themselves involved in Fred’s latest money-making venture – a pig called Evie. Fred’s plan had been to make his fortune from bacon but this is scuppered when it’s realised the pig is pregnant. The nuns and nurses help Fred and Evie in the manner they know best.

Jenny is played by Jessica Raine, Sister Julienne by Jenny Agutter, Sister Evangelina by Pam Ferris, Sister Monica Joan by Judy Parfitt, Chummy by Miranda Hart, Sister Bernadette by Laura Main, Trixie by Helen George and Cynthia by Bryony Hannah.

8:00pm Sunday 29 January on BBC ONE

Jenny is placed on the district nursing roster for a few weeks to extend her experience of community practice.

She attends to Joe, a gentle old soldier with appalling leg ulcers. Jenny grows very fond of Joe and when his condition deteriorates, Jenny realises how much their friendship has enriched her life.

At the antenatal clinic Trixie and Cynthia enrol Winnie Lawson as a new patient. In her forties Winnie had thought her days of nappies and babies were long gone, and seems upset by her pregnancy. By contrast her husband Ted is overjoyed by the news. However at the baby’s birth everyone gets a bit of a surprise.

Jenny is played by Jessica Raine; Sister Julienne by Jenny Agutter; Sister Evangelina by Pam Ferris; Sister Monica Joan by Judy Parfitt; Chummy by Miranda Hart; Sister Bernadette by Laura Main; Trixie by Helen George and Cynthia by Bryony Hannah.

8:00pm Sunday 22 January on BBC ONE

As Jenny Lee settles into her role, there is a new arrival at Nonnatus House, Chummy

A welcome pair of extra hands, Chummy sets about showing her worth but an overwhelming keenness to please, and her inability to ride a bike, prove obstacles in gaining the respect of Sister Evangelina.

Meanwhile a chance encounter with Mary, a young pregnant runaway, forces Jenny to see an unfamiliar darker side of life.

Jenny is played by Jessica Raine, Sister Julienne by Jenny Agutter, Sister Evangelina by Pam Ferris, Sister Monica Joan by Judy Parfitt, Sister Bernadette by Laura Main, Chummy by Miranda Hart, Trixie by Helen George and Cynthia by Bryony Hannah.

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