Posts by Carmen Croghan

Remembering Sir Ian Holm

Sir Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins in "The Lrod (Credit: New Line Cinema)

Last Friday the world said farewell to the accomplished Sir Ian Holm. A classically trained actor, his career spanned almost six decades. Mr. Holm’s talents were generously displayed through the mediums of stage, television and film. He received his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 for his services to drama.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Finale

Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter), Sister Frances (Ella Bruccoleri), Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt and Nurse  Anderson (Leonie Elliott) work to save Nonnatus House     Credit: Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions

Welcome to the final recap of Call the Midwife Season 9. A lot is packed into this episode. There’s the compulsory patient story, but this week we have a 2 for 1 situation. In addition, several overarching plotlines are resolved, some more hopefully than others but always with compassion and grace.

As the episode opens, November has arrived and the many of Poplar’s residents are making preparations for Bonfire Night. But others have more pressing issues on their minds.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Episode 6

Shelagh (Laura Main), May (April Rae Hoang) and Patrick Turner (Stephen McGann) set off for an anxious reunion   Credit: Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions

I don’t know whether Call the Midwife is getting more heartbreaking or if I’m extra emotional due to the state of the world today, but I bawled my eyes out watching this episode.

There was the lovely, but let’s face it, increasingly habitual community event organized by one or more members of the Buckle family and Dr. McNulty returned to give Dr. Turner some much needed help in his busy surgery. On the more upsetting side, the Turners’ adoption of little May hit an unexpected snag. And then Valerie’s cousin Maureen and her family weathered an unimaginable and heartwrenching ordeal. Okay here we go…

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9, Episode 5

Welcome back to a Call the Midwife episode that was both gleeful and touching. Folks in Poplar are certainly aquiver about the arrival of the nun-centric The Sound of Music! Meanwhile, our actual Nonnatus Sisters are front and center in the plotlines this time around. Frances and Hilda strive to provide services and reassurance while Sister Julienne must examine the accusation that she is out of touch with the population she has vowed to serve.

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