call the midwife

Happy 10th anniversary, Call the Midwife

Long may it remain one of the most quietly (one might even say sneakily, considering the current state of the BBC) radical shows on televsion. Pro-NHS, pro-abortion, pro-women, pro-LGBT, pro-disabled lives, pro-socialism. This all sounds incredible when I write it down but please, please do not underestimate the importance of this show…!

Episode titles for Call the Midwife

There’s gonna be a new episode out on Christmas Day! And that reminds me of CTM’s biggest flaw, that none of the dang episodes have TITLES so it’s hard to know which one people are referring to sometimes. (After all, ‘the one with the abortion’ could refer to at least three different episodes.)

So I decided to create some for the first four seasons!

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Season 1

1×01 “Heroines” [After Jenny’s line ‘I think you’re all heroines.’ Plus it fits the message of the show rather well, don’t you think?]

1×02 “Fallen Woman” [After Mary’s line “I’m not a fallen woman.” Plus this episode introduces Chummy, who… falls over a lot.]

1×03 “Last Post” [After Jenny’s line “There was no Last Post” and the Joe story in general]

1×04 “Stolen” [A baby stolen by a person and a life stolen by eclampsia]

1×05 “Good People” [From the line “Frank and Peggy are good people”]

1×06 “Sisters” [It just seems to fit, re both the nuns and the family the midwives have formed by this point.]

Season Two

2×00 “The Workhouse Howl” [After the horrific concept mentioned in this episode.]

2×01 “Exploited” [What happens to both mothers in this episode]

2×02 “Judgement” [From the line “Your profession is about judgment”, plus poor Cynthia gets judged by everyone.]

2×03 “Old and New” [From this episode’s general theme of old, stuck-in-their ways people vs younger ones]

2×04 “The Broken Ones” [From the line “We get the broken ones.”]

2×05 “Red” [This one… speaks for itself.]

2×06 “Breathless” [Refers to both the illness in this episode and how Bernadette and Turner are around each other]

2×07 “Another Path” [From Bernadette’s line “I think God wants another path for me beyond Nonnatus.”]

2×08 “The Family Way” [Refers to Chummy’s condition and Jenny’s line about them all being Chummy’s family]

Season Three

3×00 “Bombshell” [Refers to both the bombshell of Tim getting polio and the actual bomb]

3×01 “Community” [Refers to this episode’s community center plot]

3×02 “A Part of Each Other” [From the line “They were a part of each other and always would be.” Also it sounds like “apart of each other.” Woe.]

3×03 “Second Chances” [Refers to the prison plotline in this episode]

3×04 “Kelly and Reynolds” [After the aliases Alec books the hotel under. Woe again!]

3×05 “Need” [Partly from the line “Would she have needed him?” but honestly it just kinda fit]

3×06 “War Stories” [Regarding Patsy’s past and the patient of the week plot]

3×07 “The Mermaid’s Purse” [From the curious amniotic sac keepsake in this episode]

3×08 “The Beast Is Named” [Lady Browne’s line about cancer. I like it.]

Season Four

4×00 “Remembrance” [Regarding the framing device of older Jenny reminiscing]

4×01 “New Arrival” [After Barbara, plus it’s a common term for a new baby obviously]

4×02 “The Holiest Thing Alive” [From the line “I seem to recall it was Mr Coleridge who opined, “A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive.”]

4×03 “Morals” [Speaks for itself… but actually refers to the homophobia of Poplar]

4×04 “Family Business” [After the father who demands a son to carry on the family business and Winifred’s euphemistic question to Bridget about whether her baby will follow in the ‘family business’]

4×05 “Prayers” [Regarding the couple who try to pray their baby’s illness away]

4×06 “Love and Devotion” [After the song at the end of the episode, Love and Devotion by The Vocaleers]

4×07 “Cake” [From the now famous ‘We don’t like cake’ bit in this episode]

4×08 “A Place of Safety” [From Cynthia’s line, which is lovely and sad]


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And that’s all I have for now, but I bet I could come up with the rest after another rewatch…

Casting News: ‘Doctor Who’ Favorite Peter Davison to Star in ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special — BBC America

Doctor Who alum Peter Davison is to guest star in Call the Midwife‘s festive special. Davison, who starred as the Fifth Doctor between 1981 and 1984, will play Mr. Percival in the special, a ringleader who brings his circus to the show’s east London neighborhood, Poplar, just in time for Christmas. The show’s U.K. publicity…

Casting News: ‘Doctor Who’ Favorite Peter Davison to Star in ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special — BBC America

I am DELIGHTED by this, everything from the character to the costume to the weird sudden realisation I had that circuses still exist

Call the Midwife kinda dropped the ball with the whole May plot

I was watching Call the Midwife today and I got up to the fairly recent episode where May’s mother turns out not to be dead and comes to London wanting her daughter back. It’s one of the very few CTM episodes I don’t like* because no-one seems to act in a sympathetic way towards the bio mother at all. She’s presented like an obstacle the heroic Turner family must overcome rather than a person in her own right. And there’s this conversation (paraphrased)

May’s mother: I work for an English family, I already have a job looking after children.

Sister Julienne: And what’s going to happen when your employer finds out you have an illegitimate child?

Um surely the employer is the person you should be going to, then, Sister?! And it’s also galling because the nuns have been in situations like this before and they’ve managed to find work for unemployed single mothers. But, nothing.

The situation isn’t really Patrick and Shelagh’s fault I guess, since they had no way of knowing May wasn’t an orphan and they clearly do love her. But May’s mother was right when she said “my daughter won’t even know she’s Chinese” because so far they haven’t really done anything at all to connect May with her heritage, they haven’t taught her the language or anything. (Granted that’s probably hard with a child her age but they could’ve learned the language themselves and spoken it around her, anything like that.) So I mean, really there was nothing anyone could’ve done to keep May’s biological mother in her life? Arrange for visitations between them, letter-writing, anything?

Obviously CTM takes place in the Sixties but I think if it didn’t, if it took place in the modern day, the Turner parents and the adoption agency would be considered absolutely the villains of the story. And this isn’t anti-adoption! I am very very pro-adoption! But oh man does it need to be done with better care than anyone in Call the Midwife is currently taking.




*This episode also involves the death of a baby so yeah, it’s upsetting all round.

The Call the Midwife cast supporting Queen’s Nurses

I’ll admit that I didn’t know exactly what a Queen’s Nurse was, so if you didn’t either, here ya go.

Happy International Women’s Day!

To celebrate the occasion, here’s some of my favourite ladies from fiction!


Row 1: Amy Pond (Doctor Who), Sephy Hadley (Noughts and Crosses), Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Rose Tico (Star Wars), Elsa (Frozen/Disney), Melissa Chartres (The Last Man on Earth)

Row 2: Eowyn (The Lord of the Rings/Middle Earth), Quinn Ergon (Final Space), The Thirteenth Doctor (Doctor Who), Princess Bubblegum (Adventure Time), Jane Foster (Thor/MCU), Amy Santiago (Brooklyn 99)

Row 3: Brook Soso (Orange is the New Black), Nebula (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Erica Dundee (The Last Man on Earth), Kitty Winter (Sherlock Holmes), Rose Tyler (Doctor Who), Briony Tallis (Atonement)

Row 4: Meredith Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Missandei (Game of Thrones), Rey (Star Wars), Donna Noble (Doctor Who), Carol Pilbasian (The Last Man on Earth), Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame/Disney)

Row 5: Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones), Ash Graven (Final Space), Tiana (The Princess and the Frog/Disney), Sophia Burset (Orange is the New Black), Misty (Pokemon), Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)

Row 6: Bill Potts (Doctor Who), Mary Brown (Paddington), Mako Mori (Pacific Rim), Gwen Stacy (Spider-Man), Jackie Tyler (Doctor Who), Ursula Ditkovich (Spider-Man)

Row 7: Yaz Khan (Doctor Who), Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man), Marceline (Adventure Time), Michelle (10 Cloverfield Lane,), Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow/MCU), Mantis (Guardians of the Galaxy (MCU)

Row 8: Eponine Thenardier (Les Miserables), Mabel Pines (Gravity Falls), Sandra Kaluiokalani (Superstore), Padme Amidala (Star Wars), Martha Jones (Doctor Who), Jasmine (Aladdin/Disney)

Row 9: Beru Whitesun (Star Wars), Nakia (Black Panther/MCU), Diana (Wonder Woman), Chummy Browne (Call the Midwife), Rosa Diaz (Brooklyn 99), Leia Organa (Star Wars)