TV Review – ‘Call the Midwife’, Series 8, Episode 3

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

Apologies for the delay to my review on the latest episode of ‘Call the Midwife’ in Series 8. I was away last weekend for the ‘Science of the Time Lords 2019’ event. It’s taken a while for me to settle back in. Thankfully my parents and I saw the latest episodes of ‘Call the Midwife’ and ‘Grantchester’ online.

Episode 3 in Series 8 of ‘Call the Midwife’ has been very good to watch. In the episode, Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie Dyer assists a struggling mother who gives birth to one of her latest babies in her big family. Unfortunately, the baby boy has a certain birth defect on his mouth and is somewhat worrying.

I found it quite interesting and emotionally compelling how the mother struggles and accepts her baby son’s defect. This includes how to feed him milk through his mouth and coping with other family troubles when back at home. She is also fearful of an operation her baby needs in restoring his mouth.

There’s also an interesting and emotional subplot involving a mother who wanted her baby girl Dawn to be treated for measles, but she’s denied it since the baby’s too young. The mother becomes possessive and overly-protective of her child. It strains the relationship with her husband in the story.

It was a revelation when it turned out the mother had a baby boy once before but he died during an operation by doctors in Cyprus. Matti Houghton as Hazel Becker the mother was very good in the episode as I found it compelling how she makes decisions based on her emotions to protect her Dawn.

I found it amazing when the busybody Georgie Glen as Miss Higgins displayed compassion and interest for the Becker family compared to her usual snooty persona. I didn’t really think much of her in the previous episodes I saw her in during ‘Call the Midwife’, but now I find her a very interesting character.

The episode also saw the ‘Call the Midwife’ team preparing for the Whitsun bank holiday in the area our characters live in. I did like the sunny atmosphere towards the end of the episode, especially with everyone having a beach-like setting in front of the midwifery house as well as paddling and ice cream. 😀

It was amusing when Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis Crane had a pile of sand dumped in the area where her car is parked and she needed to get to it to go out on her rounds. I’m still not sure what’s going on between her and Trevor Cooper’s character as Sergeant Woolf in the ‘Call the Midwife’ series so far.

Series 8, Episode 3 of ‘Call the Midwife’ is an emotionally charged episode with a mother who has a baby with a mouth defect as well as a mother who’s possessive and protective of her baby girl following the death of her baby boy. But I liked how the episode concludes with a very sunny attitude.

With hope, my review on Series 8, Episode 4 of ‘Call the Midwife’ will be up on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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