Posts by Carmen Croghan

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Episode 3

Nurse Valerie Dyer (Jennifer Kirby) or dress mannequin? (Photo credit: Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions)

Welcome back to another Call the Midwife recap! Elderly narrator Jenny tells us that it is May and spring has truly arrived in Poplar. This week focuses on the outstanding service of Nurses Crane and Anderson (and in Lucille’s case, how dedication to your job can mess with your private life.) The midwives also come together for a worthy and fashionable fundraising event spearheaded by Nurse Franklin and Mrs. Buckle.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Episode 2

Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) goes to visit a new patient   (Photo credit: Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions

This week’s episode of Call the Midwife is framed around the periods of Lent and Mothering Sunday, and its story conveniently focuses on sacrifice and motherhood. As people all across Poplar are denying themselves the simple pleasures of sugar and cigarettes, Sister Julienne tries to prepare a young woman for motherhood, a family falters when their strongest member suffers a health emergency and a blossoming romance falters in the midst of illness.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Episode 1

Nurse Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT), Nurse Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Nurse Crane (LINDA BASSETT) and Nurse Dyer (JENNIFER KIRBY) are back on the job   Credit: Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions

Spring has arrived and that means the return of Call the Midwife on PBS! I’d like to welcome you back to another round of episode recaps in which we highlight the often poignant, but mainly uplifting, stories of Poplar residents and their steadfast caregivers, the sisters and nurses of Nonnatus House.

The debut episode of Season 9 begins in January of 1965 with the death of Sir Winston Churchill, a passing which saddens citizens across the U.K. Meanwhile, Poplar experiences an alarming outbreak of diphtheria and an abandoned baby is reunited with its troubled mother.

British Actresses You Should Know: Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh with Timothee Chalamet in the 2019 film Little Women (Photo credit courtesy of Columbia Pictures)

Florence Pugh is one of those buzzy, up and coming young actresses whose work you’ll likely be watching for years to come.

At just 24 years of age, this Oxford-born actress with the self-professed "weirdly low voice" has been showered with accolades. Since 2017, the awards she’s been nominated for and won tell the story of her work.  From her 2018 BAFTA EE Rising Star nomination to being named 2019’s Chopard Trophy winner at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Pugh's performances have been described as brave, breakthrough and revelatory. Here's why. 

Dated or Delightful? ‘Yes Minister’

In this installment of Dated or Delightful, we travel back to 1980 to see if a sitcom about the British government can still be funny.

Almost forty years ago, the BBC’s Yes Minister debuted in the U.K. Its authenticity was credited to the fact that the writers used real Whitehall moles to give them an insider’s perspective. It was the first program to win the BAFTA for Best Comedy three years in a row. It’s been broadcast in 84 countries across the globe and has landed on “favorite/best sitcom” lists over the decades. But does it hold up over time? Let's find out.

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