TV Review – ‘Call the Midwife’, Series 8, Episode 2

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

I hoped my parents and I would continue to watch the latest series of ‘Call the Midwife’ this year on BBC iPlayer and at present, it’s going well. 😀 We saw Episode 2 of Series 8 on Sunday evening and enjoyed it. That as well as the latest episode of ‘Grantchester’ on ITV Hub, it was an enjoyable evening.

In the second episode, Leonie Elliot as Nurse Lucille Anderson helps a struggling elderly lady named Clarice Millgrove who refuses to leave her old house that is cluttered and in disarray. The old woman was once a Suffragette and is stuck in the past with her determination to maintain her independence.

Annette Crosbie makes a special guest appearance as Clarice Millgrove in the episode. Annette Crosbie is well-known for starring in ‘One Foot In The Grave’ with Richard Wilson. She was also in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode, ‘The Eleventh Hour’ with Matt Smith. I found her journey as Clarice so compelling here.

It was also interesting to see how Nurse Lucille handles the situation at her end in looking after Clarice in her professional capacity. I was informed by my mum that Lucille is a Christian character in the series. This is an episode where I believe Nurse Lucille’s character stands out very well in the TV series.

I also found it interesting how Lucille hears from the points of views of Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne and Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica about this situation. Sister Julienne is of the opinion it’s for the best that Clarice be put in a nursing home whilst Sister Monica is against Clarice being forced out of her home.

It was sad when after Clarice gets persuaded by Lucille to leave her house and move into the nursing home, Lucille finds Clarice on her deathbed when visiting her. The scene between Lucille and Sister Monica where they sit outside on a bench as Lucille asks whether she did the right thing was poignant.

Meanwhile, Fenella Woolgar as Sister Hilda and the ‘Call the Midwife’ team work hard to help a Ghanaian family. The mother has a baby daughter which happens to be a happy event, but it becomes bleak as it turns out the father and maybe the son have an undiagnosed illness on the hospital’s hand.

There’s also the subplot where Annabelle Apsion as Violet Buckle is going as a candidate for a local council election. Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle seems reluctant about his wife’s political campaign but eventually supports her. By the way, I’ve found out who Stephen McGann as Dr. Patrick Turner is.

He’s one of the McGann brothers with Paul McGann who played the Eighth Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’. 😀 Anyway, the second episode of ‘Call the Midwife’, Series 8 has been a moving and very interesting. What stood out for me was Annette Crosbie’s appearance as Clarice Millgrove in the episode.

With hope, my review on Series 8, Episode 3 of ‘Call the Midwife’ will be up on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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