TV Review – ‘Call the Midwife’, Series 8, Episode 1

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

Well, we’ve finally done it! My parents and I managed to see the first episode of Series 8 of ‘Call the Midwife’ on BBC iPlayer! I know I’ve a lot of catching up to do with regards to the other seven seasons of the series. But I’m very pleased my parents and I managed to see the first episode of the 2019 series!

Just to note, I’m basing my thoughts on the ‘Call the Midwife’ episodes of Series 8 as a casual viewer. So I won’t know much about what had gone on in the ‘Call the Midwife’ series beforehand. But these episodes are easy to get into and I’m very sure you’ll find my thoughts on ‘Call the Midwife’ interesting.

In the first episode of the series, Nonnatus House welcome two new nuns. These include Fenella Woolgar as Sister Hilda, who I saw previously in the 2018 Christmas Special, and Ella Bruccoleri as Sister Frances. Sister Frances seems eager and inexperienced as a new ‘Call the Midwife’ cast member.

There’s an interesting story where Judy Parfitt’s character, Sister Monica Joan, becomes ill in the episode and soon leaves Nonnatus House with an old leather midwifery case. Thankfully Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie Dyer finds Sister Monica before she brings her back to Nonnatus House to get better.

Valerie also deals with a shocking case that arrives unexpectedly when a woman with a miscarriage turns up. This is after the woman’s sister had a baby in the episode. I must admit I didn’t fully understand what was going on in the miscarriage plot, but it did feel rather emotional and disturbing.

I did like that moment where Valerie asks Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne on whether she did the right thing regarding the miscarriage incident. Sister Julienne reminds Valerie of the definition of ‘midwife’ in that scene. I also liked it when Valerie checks on Sister Frances about her experience of the incident.

There was a plot in the episode I did like and found compelling where the midwives help a pregnant woman who has a complicated labour process. In the episode, the pregnant woman doesn’t have twins as expected. She has triplets. I found that rather emotional to watch when seeing it in the story.

Trevor Cooper makes an appearance as Sergeant Woolfe in the episode. I did see him in the 2017 Christmas Special and believe he made appearances in the 2018 series. I’m not sure what’s going on between him and Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis Crane in the series since I guess he has a thing for her.

The first episode of ‘Call the Midwife’, Series 8 has been interesting to watch. I wouldn’t claim to understand the abortion story, but the pregnant woman with triplets story was compelling to watch. As ever, the performances of the cast in this drama series have been excellent throughout this episode.

Here’s hoping my review on Series 8, Episode 2 of ‘Call the Midwife’ will be up on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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