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The hugely successful series starring Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Helen George and Linda Bassett returns with more touching and compelling stories from the nurses and nuns of Nonnatus House.
Inspired by the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House convent, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. From formula milk to television, times are changing in the East End, bringing both opportunity and disappointment.
In this series Sister Monica Joan goes missing at Christmas time leaving the nuns and nurses distraught. Shelagh rushes to put together a childrens choir in time for a BBC broadcast from the church. And a surprise pregnancy brings one mother unexpected happiness.
Elsewhere Trixie, having battled through her issues with alcohol, finds a new purpose in her keep fit classes. After recovering from her accident, Delia walks back into Patsys life but will she be there to stay? And could friendship blossom into something more for vicar Tom Hereward and Barbara?
Christmas Special 2015
Festive cheer is in plentiful supply as Poplar readies itself for Christmas. An unexpected surprise for a grieving mother helps bring the Christmas magic home, while Nonnatus is rocked to the core when one of its own goes missing.
Easter approaches, and for the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House it's as busy as ever as babies are born to myriad families across the borough. One such delivery brings with it its own set of shocks, as Patsy helps experienced mother Rhoda Mullucks give birth to a baby with severe deformities, with no clear explanation. As the mother refuses to reject her new- born child, the father struggles to come to terms with the harsh realities of his daughter's problems. Support and intervention from Sister Mary Cynthia, Dr Turner and Shelagh proves invaluable as they try to rebuild this loving family. Meanwhile, the new exercise craze has reached Poplar, led by Nonnatus' very own Trixie. As she begins teaching a keep-fit class, she's surprised when the exercises lead to a medical emergency for one of her group. The experience leads her to realise that women sometimes lack a basic understanding of their own bodies, and she aims to rectify it, one patient at a time.
Barbara experiences the biggest test of her career when a struggling dockworker's wife is forced into a difficult decision about her impending delivery. Nurse Crane meets a new friend who promises great adventure but conceals a secret. Sister Evangelina is forced to take action when a mistake comes to light.
A outbreak of typhoid erupts, and suspicion over who the carrier could be threatens to break apart a closely knit family. Sister Winfred faces a personal dilemma when a local teacher is revealed to be pregnant by a married man. When the woman takes matters into her own hands, Sister Winifred is forced to consider the role her own prejudices may have played. Meanwhile, Barbara inadvertently agrees to go to dinner with Tom, but is wracked with worry about how Trixie will react.
As the modern world begins to encroach on traditional Poplar life, everyone is starting to notice the changes. On secondment at a busy local hospital, Sister Julienne is impressed by the medical advances that are saving the lives of mothers and babies. But a traumatic birth raises moral questions for her which she struggles to answer. As the medical world is changing, so is society at large, with opportunities in education increasingly open to all. Despite his working class background, Ian is overjoyed to be accepted into university and embraces his chance to escape Poplar, much to the disappointment of his more traditional mother Sadie. But his plans appear to be in ruins when girlfriend Linda falls pregnant. Trixie and Tom help the family, which begins to break apart under the pressure of this unplanned pregnancy.
With modern advances starting to change things for the better, even medical professionals like Dr Turner and Shelagh are forced to consider their own lifestyles. As they fight for better respiratory health for their patients, Timothy realises the risks his parents are running by continuing to smoke. Meanwhile, a back injury forces Violet to put her beloved shop in Fred's care, with unforeseen consequences. Across Poplar, another family unit appears to be broken before it has begun, as new mother Roseanne's past continues to haunt her and wreaks havoc on her family life. Nurse Crane is concerned about her mental state and has to draw on her own experiences to help.
The world may be moving forward, but women are still labouring under the social pressure of shame. When prostitute Lizzie is too ashamed of social judgement to report a violent attack, it allows a dangerous man to go free and target others, including one attack which rocks Nonnatus House to its core. It's shame that also makes mother Thora conceal her young daughter Diane's pregnancy, afraid of the neighbourhood gossip and the impact on her future. After an especially busy period, Shelagh and Timothy secretly organise to take Dr Turner on a long-overdue family camping holiday, but a freak summer thunderstorm threatens to dampen their enthusiasm. Despite their best efforts, the holiday is cut short when Dr Turner realises his patients are at risk from the locum GP working in his absence.
With autumn on its way, the appetite for change is rife across Poplar. As Dr Turner shares his excitement about the impending release of the contraceptive pill, not all of his counterparts at Nonnatus House are as keen for the social change it may bring. Meanwhile, Patsy realises that change isn't always for the best as she struggles to help a transient Bargee woman, who is determined to give birth among her own community, rather than the modern comforts of the maternity home. As a huge storm threatens Poplar, Nurse Crane is called upon to assist a new mother in a post-natal emergency, the danger bringing a oncedistant young couple closer as a result. As the storm subsides, it brings with it the welcome return of Sister Evangelina, herself changed by the time she has spent away from Nonnatus House.
As Poplar moves towards the season of goodwill, the time has come to accept the things that have passed, and look to the future. Dr Turner is forced to do just that when the cause of the recent spate of infant limb deformities is finally uncovered. Realising that his own prescriptions could have exacerbated the tragedy, he jumps into action in an attempt to prevent further damage. Meanwhile, Nonnatus House is thrown into disarray by a tragedy even closer to home. Although Sister Evangelina is back at work, its clear that her recent stroke has affected her badly, and that her health problems are not over. Poplar matriarch Tessie is forced to accept that her grandchild has been conceived out of wedlock, but theres joy all round when the baby is born at the couples wedding reception.
|Brand:||Call the Midwife|
|Run Time:||555 minutes|
|Special Features:||Call the Midwife|
|Starring:||Jenny Agutter; Pam Ferris; Judy Parfitt; Helen George;Vanessa Redgrave|
|Cast:||Starring: Jenny Agutter (<em>The Railway Children, Spooks</em>), Pam Ferris (<em>Little Dorrit, The Darling Buds of May</em>), Judy Parfitt (<em>Little Dorrit, Girl with a Pearl Earring</em>), Miranda Hart (<em>Miranda</em>), Helen George (<em>Doctors</em>), Laura Main (<em>Monarch of the Glen</em>), Charlotte Ritchie (<em>Fresh Meat</em>), Linda Bassett (<em>Lark Rise to Candleford</em>), Stephen McGann (<em>The Hanging Gale, Emmerdale</em>), Cliff Parisi (<em>EastEnders</em>), Vanessa Redgrave (Voice over)|
|Editorial Reviews:||Pays tribute to the resilience of the human spirit NY Daily News <br />A delight to watch TV Guide <br />Immensely absorbing The Wall Street Journal|
|Episodes:||8 Episodes + Christmas Special|
|Number of Discs:||3 Discs|
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