Call The Midwife
airs Sundays, March 31 through May 19, at 7 pm on KLRU
This moving, intimate, funny and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End in the 1950s. Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work in the poorest area of the city. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of women who minister to expectant mothers, many of whom give birth at home in appalling conditions. The drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients and learns to love the people who live in the East End.
Episode #201 airs Sunday, March 31st at 7 pm
Returning from a long day of duties, Nurse Jenny Lee finds the Nonnatus House community gathered to wish her a happy birthday. However, the midwife’s good cheer is short-lived when the next day she’s assigned a new patient, Molly Brignall. Molly’s due date is imminent and Jenny worries about the harm that could come to Molly and her children.
Episode #202 airs Sunday, April 7th at 7 pm
The Nonnatus community is rocked when the Kelly family’s newborn son dies in unexplained circumstances. Cynthia, who had attended the birth, comes under intense scrutiny from the police and the pregnant women of Poplar. Despite reassurances from her friends and colleagues, Cynthia questions her own abilities and the strain takes its toll on her work and health. Meanwhile, a chance encounter returns Jimmy to Jenny’s life.
Episode #203 airs Sunday, April 14th at 7 pm
Jenny is seconded to a short-staffed London Hospital to work on the male surgical ward. Back in Poplar, Jane, a new addition to the household, lends a hand in Jenny’s absence. In one of their most unusual cases, the nuns and midwives meet a forthright pair of identical twins, one of whom is pregnant. As the two come to terms with the impact a baby will have on each of them, Jenny unexpectedly helps to save the life of an old friend.
Episode #204 airs Sunday, April 21st at 7 pm
Returning from her stint at the London Hospital, Jenny needs all her midwifery skill when she and Sister Evangelina assist at the birth of a baby born with spina bifida. The parents struggle to understand and accept their son’s condition. Jenny, who has never delivered a disabled child, struggles to accept the implications the illness could have for the child’s future.
Episode #205 airs Sunday, April 28th at 7 pm
The whole Poplar community pulls together to prepare for the annual Summer Fete. This year, with the introduction of a baby show, the midwives will be more involved than ever. At the ante-natal clinic, Jenny meets Nora, an impoverished mother of eight, who is distraught that she may soon have another mouth to feed. Jenny’s attempts to reassure her fall on deaf ears, and a desperate Nora takes matters into her own hands.
Episode #206 airs Sunday, May 5th at 7 pm
Dr. Turner is determined that Poplar will no longer live under the threat of tuberculosis. While the nuns and nurses support his campaign to bring screening facilities to the area, Jenny’s nursing rounds lead her to a family that has suffered devastating misfortune from the disease. Now, Jenny works to reconcile the dying father man and his only remaining daughter. Having secured a visit from a TB screening van, Dr. Turner pulls off an epic day, backed by the midwives, but little can prepare them for what the results will mean for one of their own.
Episode #207 airs Sunday, May 12th at 7 pm
On Cynthia’s district rounds, she administers daily insulin to a man who consistently belittles his wife, Annie. A visit from Annie’s son and support from Cynthia help Annie gain confidence and start to change her life. Jenny witnesses persecution of a different kind when she looks after a black mother-to-be who is subjected to racial prejudice from neighbors.
Episode #208 airs Sunday, May 19th at 7 pm
Chummy and PC Noakes meet with new challenges as they settle back into life in Poplar. Fred is in high spirits when his pregnant daughter, Dolly, and her young son, Anthony, arrive to stay with him. Jenny’s own jubilation comes in the form of potential love interest. The winds of change are blowing through Poplar, as old buildings are demolished to make new way for new flats, a situation that reaches crisis point when the convent comes under threat.