TV Review – ‘Call the Midwife’, Christmas Special 2018

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Yeah I know I said in my review for the 2017 Christmas Special that I was going to watch the 2018 series of ‘Call the Midwife’. I hoped I’d do that before watching the 2018 Christmas Special, but I haven’t had the time to catch up what I’ve missed in other ‘Call the Midwife’ seasons. Hopefully I’ll be able to watch Series 8 for 2019!

With watching Series 11 of ‘Doctor Who’ on BBC iPlayer for the most part, I can persuade my parents and I to watch ‘Call the Midwife’ on BBC iPlayer sometime when Series 8 comes out in 2019. In any case, I’ve recently seen the 2018 Christmas Special of ‘Call the Midwife’ and really enjoyed it.

I went into the 2018 Christmas Special of ‘Call the Midwife’ without having seen Series 7 at all. My parents and I were the same, so they didn’t know what had happened in the interim between the 2017 and 2018 Christmas Specials. But it was lovely to watch and we were really relaxed watching it.

The episode is about 90 minutes long for a Christmas Special and stars Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne; Linda Bassett as Nurse Phylllis Crane and Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan. Unlike the 2017 Christmas Special, this episode is set directly for the build-up to Christmas in the year 1963 I believe.

There are certain actors I recognised in this episode including Fenella Woolgar (who played Agatha Christie in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode, ‘The Unicorn and the Wasp’) as Sister Hilda. There was also Miriam Magolyes (who I have seen in the 1985 BBC TV adaptation of ‘Oliver Twist’) as Sister Mildred.

There was also Jack Shalloo as Bobby Hollier with Bronwyn James as Mavis Hollier who is expecting in the episode. I saw Jack Shalloo recently in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode, ‘The Tsuranga Conundrum’. He was a pregnant man in that. Yes I know. Now he’s looking after his pregnant wife. How ironic is this?!

There were also some ‘Call the Midwife’ references in that ‘Doctor Who’ episode incidentally. 😀 Anyway, the episode focuses on Sister Julienne’s reluctance to be chosen as a mother superior at a Mother House. But will she actually be chosen as the mother superior or return to her life at Poplar?

There are some nice character-driven moments which I enjoyed in the episode. These include the ‘Midwife’ characters looking after some Chinese children; Trixie Franklin taking care of Mavis Hollier during her pregnancy and a pregnant mother from Austrialia who’s afraid to enter the Mother House.

Overall, the 2018 ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special was very enjoyable to see especially on Christmas Day. I was thinking I might struggle watching this episode after having not seen Series 7 this year. Thankfully, ‘Call the Midwife’ is a series you can easily get into with good character drama.

Hoping to be sharing reviews on Series 8 of ‘Call the Midwife’ next year!

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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