call the midwife

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)

Top 10 favourite TV shows of the decade

Continuing on from my favourite films of the decade, here’s my favourite (not necessarily best) TV shows! Alphabetically, of course, and illustrated with gifs.

Adventure Time

Honestly Adventure Time is a masterpiece. A surrealist masterpiece, an animation masterpiece, a masterpiece of children’s television… call it whatever you want but “masterpiece” needs to be in there somewhere. It was weird, touching, occasionally terrifying, and never lost sight of what it wanted to do…for nine years. I’m sad that it’s (mostly) over but so, so glad it happened.

Brooklyn 99

Come 2013 I was suddenly seeing this show everywhere. I knew the names of all the characters before I ever sat down to watch it, and most of the best jokes. That didn’t dent my enjoyment in the slightest. Brooklyn 99 is so, so good in just about every way. It’s funny, it’s smart, it has people in it who you just don’t see as main characters, like Captain Holt. The fact that Fox *spits* cancelled it and then it was almost immediately picked up by NBC just goes to show how much of a impact it had.

Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife has only been going since 2012 but it feels like it’s been so much longer. (That’s a good thing.) This is a pro-NHS, pro-feminism, pro-LGBT show that goes out prime-time on the BBC and I’m so grateful it exists. It never shies away from the rough parts of history, but instead pulls them out into the light to remind us of our responsibilities. It angers me no end that critics sometimes dismiss this show as frivolous nostalgia for the past, because there is nothing nostalgic about this show. It DESPERATELY wants you to know how horrible it was being a woman even within living memory. It’s a sucker punch to the gut with occasional upbeat ’50s music and some neat dresses.

Final Space

All the praise to Netflix, because if it hadn’t existed and advertised this show on its front page I would never have discovered it. And I love it. This is an adult cartoon done right, i.e. using animation to tell a story of vast scope instead of using it to tell fart jokes. (Though there are probably a couple of those, even if I don’t remember them.) It’s like… how can I even describe this show… the ambition of Star Wars meets the themes of Guardians of the Galaxy meets the zest of Futurama. AND it has a adorable squishy space pet/planet-destroyer! This show not having a much bigger fanbase is such a dang injustice.

Gravity Falls

I’d heard of Gravity Falls, and heard nothing but good things, but I didn’t actually see it until several years after it came out. And I’m SO CROSS because the show was set up as a big mad mystery to be solved, and it would have been great to be able to trade theories and decode the end messages along with everyone else. But as it stands… I got a fantastic experience anyway. I knew all the major twists, but I’d never really met the characters properly. So now I love them all, especially Soos. And I also love the show’s central theme, which is that growing up is hard as hell and you need a good support system.

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale has always been one of my favourite books and this adaptation was more than I could ever have dreamed of. It took characters I already knew and built them backstories and new futures. It cast unbelievably talented actors for even the smaller roles. And my god the visuals, the punch-you-in-the-face visuals. The red-and-white Handmaid uniforms are seen at political protests a lot now, and they should be. This show demonstrates how unforgivably close we always are to losing everything we hold dear.

His Dark Materials

I read all of the His Dark Materials series as a kid and I remember liking them, especially the third book. This TV adaptation brought all of that crashing back and then some. I have some qualms (it’s obvious that the budget couldn’t stretch to one visible daemon for every human, for example) but my gosh, what an absolutely beautiful job they’ve done with everything else. And the acting is wonderful, although Ruth Wilson is the standout the child actors are like… clearly the best in the business, holy hell. I can’t WAIT for the next couple of seasons.

The Last Man On Earth

The Last Man on Earth massively lit up my life… for the few years it was on. My god, Fox had no idea what they had on their hands. After the dodgy first season it suddenly turned into this amazing, beautiful, touching tale about life after the end of the world. Characters underwent development! They got married! They had kids! And then all of a sudden… end of show. Right after a cliffhanger ending, a major one. Sigh. I’ll always miss LMOE but I’m grateful I was around at the same time it was.

Superstore

I’d wanted to watch Superstore for ages but I only finally got to see it when it came on British TV. And even then I managed to catch only the season one finale before anything else. But it hooked me instantly and I quickly went back to the beginning to see what I missed and then forward again to season two. By the season two finale I had utterly fallen in love with it. It’s hilarious but it pulls no punches about how inhumanly terrible the American retail systems are – how inhumanly terrible a lot of systems are, in fact. Also, Mark McKinney’s “Muppet voice” for Glenn is possibly the best comedy voice that has ever been created, EVER.

Unbelievable

This show. Rarely have I seen anything so bleak and depressing and yet so triumphant at the end. Marie, who is very VERY closely based on a real person, goes through an amount of trauma and distress which would destroy most people (and very nearly destroys her) but she gets to walk away vindicated, thank god. The intervention of two female detectives saves not only her but a multitude of other women. It seems to me to be so rare that such a terrible story has a happy or just ending, so thank god this show arrived with its pointed message: when it comes to rape cases, we need to be better. So, so much better than we currently are. Please watch it.

Honourable mentions: The Good Place, Steven Universe, the Moffat and Chibnall eras of Doctor Who (not eligible because the show itself started last decade…), Broadchurch, Orange is the New Black, and probably a few more that I forgot, sorry.