Call the Midwife

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 5

Picnickers Tim (Max Macmillen), Shelagh (Laura Main) and Reggie (Daniel Laurie)  (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

When we last visited Poplar, Sister Monica Joan’s sight was finally restored, the Ganis were emerging from their struggles to work towards becoming a cohesive family and Trixie made a tough decision in order to halt her downward spiral. The complete breakdown of last week's Call the Midwife can be found here.

This week’s episode begins with the departure of one midwife and ends with the return of another. Meanwhile, an expectant mother deals with a traumatic fear and an ill sailor causes a health scare in Poplar. 

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7 Episode 4

Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) and Mumtaz Gani (Balvinder Sopal) (Photo: Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

I think we can all agree last week’s episode of Call the Midwife left everyone rather gloomy and depressed. The Lunt family suffered devasting illness and loss, Magda’s desperate actions resulted in her departure from the Turners’ employ and a sacrificial breakup with Christopher left Trixie vulnerable enough to abandon her sobriety. Check out all the discouraging details here.

Thankfully, this latest installment provided viewers with a bit more of that reassuring hope we’ve come to expect from the midwives. Trixie and Sister Monica Joan make life-changing choices and a childless woman works through the pain of an unorthodox solution arranged by her Pakistani relatives.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 3

Nurse Valerie Dyer  (Jennifer Kirby) competes in the first Miss Poplar beauty pageant (Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

Thank you for joining us for another episode recap of Call the Midwife. Last time we met the Turners’ chic and confident new au pair, Magda, who was not what Shelagh had in mind at all. Sister Winifred tried to get new fathers more involved in the care of their babies and one of them ended up delivering his own child. And Nurse Anderson refused to run from bitter prejudice and helped a broken family to heal in the process. (If you need a more detailed refresher, our recaps of Season 7's first two episodes can be found here and here.)

This week, the midwives and those close to them encountered heartbreak, desperation and sacrifice that no cute little beauty pageant could candy coat. We start with the unbelievably tragic story of a family torn apart by disease. Meanwhile, the Turners' au pair Magda secretly tries to resolve a situation that turns distasterous. 

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 2

Welcome back to the second half of our Call the Midwife double header. Thus far, we’ve met the new midwife, Lucille Anderson, Nurse Crane advocated for a dying patient who was under threat of being evicted from her home and a brave new single mother inspired Trixie to let love lead her forward in her relationship with Christopher Dockerill. Looking for a more detailed rundown? You can find it right here.

As we rejoin the midwives in this episode, the snow has finally melted and Poplar is thawing out at last! Sister Winifred will try to push envelope by including fathers in baby care classes and Lucille faces ugly prejudice when a mother in her care becomes seriously ill.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 1

Nurse Dyer (Jennifer Kirby) directs Nurse Anderson (Leonie Elliott) to her first delivery  Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017

Welcome back to another season of Call the Midwife!  I'll be recapping the joys, the heartbreaks and the comical moments that take place over the next eight episodes.  I'm looking forward to hearing your insights and opinions on the storylines and the changes that are bound to take place in 1960's Poplar.

As we begin, it's the winter of 1963 and England is still in the throes of the Big Freeze. Nevertheless, there is the usual flurry of activity at Nonnatus House as they await the arrival of a new addition to their ranks. Meanwhile, they continue the work of ushering lives into and out of this world with compassion and grace.

‘Call the Midwife’ Season 7 Will Premiere on PBS this Spring

 (Image courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

If you loved the recent Call the Midwife holiday special but are sad that it was just one episode, here’s a bit of good news to kick off your 2018. Call the Midwife Season 7 isn’t too far away!

The drama’s seventh season is currently slated to premiere in the U.K. this winter, likely within the month of January at some point if previous seasons are anything to go by. But U.S. viewers won’t be too far behind! 

'Call the Midwife' Holiday Special 2017 Recap

(Image courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

Winter has definitely come to Poplar and this year’s Call the Midwife holiday special dramatizes an actual event in English weather history called the Big Freeze of 1962-63. The Thames froze over and for 62 consecutive days,  snow lay on the ground across the south of the country.

But for our midwives, it's business as usual. While the weather wreaks havoc on the plumbing and local milk supplies, an apparent tragedy transforms into a miracle and a family is released from decades of abuse.

Preview the ‘Call the Midwife’ 2017 Holiday Special

Lots of snow for this year's "Call the Midwife" holiday special! (Photo:  Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

Christmas is almost here, and for Call the Midwife fans that means exactly one thing: It’s time for the series’ annual holiday special!

This year’s festive episode takes place in the winter of 1963, during what was popularly dubbed the Big Freeze. This was the coldest winter the nation had seen in 300 years – one which still registers today as one of the coldest on record in the United Kingdom. UK temperatures plunged, bringing the country to a standstill as lakes and rivers froze, and snow fell constantly.

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