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Call The Midwife is a period drama that follows the goings-on within a 1950s East London community. Told primarily from the vantage point of a young nurse, Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine), it co-stars Pam Ferris and Judy Parfitt as fellow midwives of Nonnatus House, a nursing convent. The series features the voice of Vanessa Redgrave as the mature Jenny Lee and was created by Heidi Thomas.

Jenny Lee, a newly qualified midwife, arrives at Nonnatus House and is surprised to discover it is a convent. Through Jenny's eyes, the other midwives are introduced and also the Sisters of St. John the Divine, an Anglican order of nuns. The Sisters include Monica Joan (Parfitt), Bernadette (Laura Main), Evangelina (Ferris), and Julienne (Jenny Agutter). The other midwives are Cynthia (Bryony Hannah) and Trixie (Helen George). Jenny is overwhelmed at first but soon reclaims her equilibrium, settling into daily life at the convent and on East End.

Jenny is seemingly tossed at once into the daunting task of caring for Mrs. Conchita Warren during the woman's 23rd pregnancy. Conchita's husband is a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and Conchita is not only his wife, she is his grandest war souvenir. She speaks no English and cares for her gargantuan family. During inclement weather, she slips and falls, not only concussing herself but going into labor at seven and a half months. On her own, Jenny must keep Conchita alive and safely deliver her premature baby.

Into Nonnatus House moves Chummy, an idealistic young woman whose goal of becoming a missionary arouses Sister Evangelina's dislike. Chummy is eager to please and tries a little too hard. She cannot ride a bike, and the other midwives attempt but fail to teach her. One such outing results in a collision with a police officer, PC Noakes, who subsequently asks Chummy out on a date. While Chummy negotiates her new surroundings and case load, Jenny meets Mary, a 15 year old Irish girl who is a bit lost and very pregnant. Mary has run away from an abusive home, and she has recently escaped the clutches of a brothel owner. Mary's care with a religious charity is arranged by Sister Julienne, and Mary is sent off to her new life, though she unfortunately miscarries.

The times comes for Jenny to deepen her experience with community practice, and for a month she is placed on the district nursing roster. She begins to provide in-home care to a variety of community members, among them Joe, a onetime soldier. Joe, a nearly blind octogenarian, lives in squalor, his flat filthy and much in need of cleaning. He and Jenny become friends. When Joe's building is declared condemned, Jenny devises a plan to rescue him from this horrid fate, arranging residency for him within a retirement home. In a contrapuntal story, Ted and Winnie are a married couple getting on in their years. Ted is thrilled to discover he will be a parent. Winnie is petrified, having three kids from a previous marriage, and many other secrets to boot. Ted, beside himself, escorts Winnie to and from her doctor's appointments, and is a perfect gentleman when Winnie's baby turns out to be black, clearly not sired by the very Anglo Ted.

Jenny delivers a girl to Shirley Redmond. Shirley is overjoyed at the arrival of her bundle, Gilian, as her previous bundle was stillborn. Gilian is kidnapped outside the Redmond household during a commotion one day, and the entire community commences a search. It's later discovered Gilian was taken by Mary, the Irish runaway Jenny assisted at a previous time. The police threaten to charge Mary, but Jenny urges Sisters Julienne and Evangelina to intervene, which they do to great effect. Sister Mary Joan is accused of theft and the other Sisters fear the future of Nonnatus House. Chummy considers breaking with PC Noakes, but the Sisters convince her otherwise. Mother Jesu appears to give testimony on Sister Mary Joan's behalf, and Sister Mary Joan is exonerated. Chummy marries PC Noakes, and Jenny rekindles a romance with an ex-boyfriend as Christmas approaches.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on PBS
7 Seasons, 58 Episodes
September 24, 2012
Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt
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Call the Midwife Full Episode Guide

  • Boxing Day brings a large snowfall that covers the country.The weather causes major disruption across Poplar as the roads become blocked and pipes freeze. The milk float struggles to make its deliveries and Trixie's holiday with Christopher is cancelled due to the snow.Valerie helps Linda and Selwyn, an unmarried couple living in a caravan, prepare for their baby - but as the labour progresses, unforeseen complications knock Valerie's confidence in her ability as a midwife.Elsewhere, the freezing weather takes the life of Dr Turner's patient, Percy Tillerson. Sister Julienne, who must inform the family of his death, uncovers an uncomfortable truth about the chirpy late Percy...

  • The midwives oversee the opening of a family planning clinic at the local community center. Rediscovering her independence, Wilma visits the clinic and starts taking the contraceptive pill behind her husband's back. Elsewhere, Shelagh's due date is fast approaching and she must decide which of the Nonnatus midwives will deliver the baby.

  • Dr. Turner helps the Mullucks cope with the stresses of caring for a disabled child as the terrible legacy of thalidomide becomes apparent and Nurse Crane faces an unexpected crisis.

  • Valerie Dyer oversees the care of an expectant Somali woman and is shocked when she uncovers a troubling aspect to this unfamiliar culture. The Nonnatus family unites to provide the very best care for Sister Mary Cynthia.

  • Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit, Nurse Valerie Dyer. A vulnerable young man captures the hearts of the Fred and Violet whilst the whereabouts of Sister Mary Cynthia causes distress amongst the team.

  • An expectant mother buckles under the strains of pregnancy. As Tom provides pastoral care, he reveals why this case has touched him more than most.

  • A Chinese first-time mother faces an unexpected crisis, whilst new legislation and Sister Ursula cause serious problems for Shelagh and Dr. Turner.

  • Far from home and everything familiar, the team are both shaken and exhilarated by the challenges they face - and by the time the mission trip is over, some lives are permanently changed.

  • Nonatus House goes to help out at a hospital on the Eastern Cape.

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