Call the Midwife

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  • TV-PG
  • 2012
  • 13 Seasons
  • 8.6  (31,809)

Call the Midwife is a critically-acclaimed period drama set in the late 1950s and early 1960s in East London. It follows the lives of a group of midwives and nuns who work together in the impoverished Poplar district, providing care for the women and families living there. The show was first aired on PBS in 2012 and has since become a favorite among audiences worldwide.

At the center of the show is Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine), a young midwife who has just arrived in Poplar to begin her work. Jenny is initially overwhelmed with the harsh living conditions of the area, but she quickly adapts to the demands of her new role. Jenny is compassionate, determined, and dedicated to the women she serves, and she soon becomes a beloved figure among her colleagues and patients alike.

Other notable characters include Trixie Franklin (Helen George), a glamorous and outgoing midwife with a love for fashion and a sharp wit; Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter), the stalwart leader of the midwife team who provides guidance and support to her colleagues no matter what; and Chummy Browne (Miranda Hart), a clumsy but lovable midwife who brings humor and heart to the show.

Call the Midwife is not just a show about childbirth and midwifery, but it also addresses the wider social issues of the time, including poverty, women's rights, and changes in the medical profession. The midwives often encounter difficult cases, ranging from malnourished babies to abused and neglected women. Through their work, they strive to make a difference in the lives of those they serve.

The show is also notable for its attention to historical detail. The sets and costumes are meticulously recreated to reflect the time period, and the show's creators work closely with midwives and medical historians to ensure accuracy in the portrayal of medical procedures and childbirth.

Overall, Call the Midwife is a heartwarming and powerful drama that showcases the incredible work of midwives and healthcare professionals in a bygone era. From the complex cases they handle to the relationships they form, the show offers a fascinating glimpse into a pivotal time in history. With its strong female leads, diverse cast, and thoughtful social commentary, it's no wonder that Call the Midwife has become such a beloved and enduring show.

If you're looking to catch up on past seasons, you can easily watch Call the Midwife online through PBS streaming services.

Call the Midwife is a series that is currently running and has 13 seasons (121 episodes). The series first aired on September 30, 2012.

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Episode 8
9. Episode 8
March 3, 2024
Miss Higgins receives an unexpected visitor, and Sister Monica ruffles feathers. Poplar votes for its Mother of the Year.
Episode 7
8. Episode 7
February 25, 2024
Joyce receives an unexpected visitor, and a teenage mother reveals a disturbing truth.
Episode 6
7. Episode 6
February 11, 2024
Rosalind oversees the care of a teenage mum and uncovers a disturbing truth. Trixie and Matthew struggle with their change in fortune whilst Joyce receives an unexpected visitor.
Episode 5
6. Episode 5
February 4, 2024
In his new role, Cyril faces his toughest challenge yet, whilst Matthew is summoned to a board meeting with his mother. Elsewhere, the pupil midwives prepare for their final exams.
Episode 4
5. Episode 4
January 28, 2024
It's July 1969, and everyone is giddy with nervous excitement about Apollo 11's imminent landing on the moon. The whole community wishes to mark this special occasion, and there is a public showing of the landing outside, using the Nonnatus House television set.
Episode 3
4. Episode 3
January 21, 2024
Reggie comes home for a few weeks' holiday and helps Fred to make over the small unkempt green space outside St Oswald's church. This is paid work for them both and marks the first time Reggie has earned his own money. Violet and Fred decide it is time they pay Reggie for his work in Buckle's paper shop.
Episode 2
3. Episode 2
January 14, 2024
At Tuesday clinic, Shelagh and Joyce oversee the care of Edna Bristow, a heavily pregnant mother of one, whose husband has left her just days before their baby is due. Edna proves to be quite a difficult patient, but there are greater challenges ahead when it becomes clear that her flat is riddled with damp.
Episode 1
2. Episode 1
January 7, 2024
Sister Julienne and Shelagh are thrilled that the new midwifery training scheme is underway, which includes pupil midwives Rosalind Clifford, Joyce Highland, Kathy Downes and Norelle Morris. Once introduced to the routines of a home delivery, Rosalind and Joyce unpack their belongings and settle into Nonnatus House.
Special: Christmas 2023
1. Special: Christmas 2023
December 25, 2023
It's December 1968. The countdown to Christmas is on, as is the launch of Apollo 8's moon mission. Sister Monica Joan is convinced this could be her last yuletide and that she will not live to see man walk on the moon. Meanwhile, as Shelagh and Dr Turner navigate family life, they are unsettled when a parcel arrives from May's mother in Hong Kong.
Where to Watch Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Call the Midwife on demand at Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Hoopla and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 30, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    8.6  (31,809)