Call the Midwife (2012– )
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Christmas Special 

A group from Nonnatus House travels overseas in order to assist a struggling clinic in South Africa.


Syd Macartney


Heidi Thomas (created and written by), Jennifer Worth (inspired by the memoirs of)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Mature Jennifer Worth (voice)
Alice Brown Alice Brown ... Angela Turner
Laura Main ... Shelagh Turner
Stephen McGann ... Dr. Patrick Turner
Max Macmillan ... Timothy Turner
Jenny Agutter ... Sister Julienne
Victoria Yeates ... Sister Winifred
Judy Parfitt ... Sister Monica Joan
Helen George ... Nurse Trixie Franklin
Cliff Parisi ... Fred Buckle
Kate Lamb ... Nurse Delia Busby
Jack Ashton ... Tom Hereward
Linda Bassett ... Nurse Phyllis Crane
Charlotte Ritchie ... Nurse Barbara Gilbert
Bryony Hannah ... Sister Mary Cynthia


As Christmas 1962 approaches Sister Julienne gets a call from the Hope Clinic, a mission hospital in South Africa, in danger of closure due to under-staffing on the eve of a much needed polio vaccination programme. Along with a group of midwives, the Turners, Fred and Tom, she arrives at the clinic to assist its lone medic, Myra Fitzsimmons, and they are shocked by the lack of supplies and the rudimentary conditions, with Phyllis delivering a baby under a tree in the desert. They also encounter Apartheid and dysentery, caused by the lack of clean water. Worst of all Dr Myra is convinced she has cancer. Before they return to England Trixie has performed a Caesarean, Sister Julienne has persuaded a gruff white land owner to run a fresh water pipe-line through his property and Dr Turner has good news for Myra, all allowing the clinic to continue. At the same time Barbara and Tom have good news of their own Written by don @ minifie-1

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25 December 2016 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Helen George (Trixie) and Jack Ashton (Tom) were in a relationship when this episode aired. Later they had a daughter together. In the episode, Trixie gives Tom advice as to how to propose to Barbara, played by Charlotte Ritchie. See more »


When Phillis is helping the woman giving birth by the tree she asks her to kneel to facilitate the process, but after she does the camera shows Phillis talking and the woman appears still standing even though she kneel the previous take. See more »


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Very contrived
29 December 2016 | by Catharina_SwedenSee all my reviews

This was a disappointment. I have loved the "Call the Midwife", and I have looked forward to a new season. But this was just too bad.

To send off the characters to a faraway and (supposedly) exciting location, is an old trick to try to vary an old formula. But it almost always does not work. To mention only the most obvious thing: there were no real, believable reason for all these our beloved characters to go away to South Africa. ONE nurse/nun had died. But now, suddenly, almost everybody working in or for Nonnatus house has to go abroad. And nothing is explained, either, about who is going to take care of the Nonnatus house and the rest of the Poplars in the meantime. I mean: even the doctor, the janitor and the clergyman follow the call!

I am still going to try watching the new C.T.M.-episodes, but I feel that my heart has died somehow... :-(

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