TV Review – ‘Call the Midwife’, Series 8, Episode 4

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

Once again, I’ve seen the latest episode of ‘Call the Midwife’ on BBC iPlayer. This was a pretty emotional, bittersweet episode as it features two subplots. The first subplot is where the ‘Call the Midwife’ team try to unite a mother and daughter who are both pregnant and pretty estranged from each other.

There’s also the subplot where one of Trixie’s friends, Molly Chesworth as Jeannie Tennant, is devastated to discover that she’s pregnant and due for a third child. Jeannie seeks for an abortion in the story, since she cannot cope with handling three babies and more with her husband in her routine life.

Before I talk about the two subplots , I must say the highlight of this episode was the ‘Call the Midwife’ team watching an episode of ‘Doctor Who’ on TV. It was an episode (‘Part Two’ I believe) of ‘The Aztecs’. This would have been around May time in 1964 when ‘The Aztecs’ was shown in ‘Doctor Who’.

I was so thrilled to see this scene of the ‘Call the Midwife’ team watching an episode of ‘Doctor Who’ shown at the time. Even Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica being a fan of the show as she watching it and describing what happens in the story to the others made my heart skip a beat. I wasn’t expecting this!

Anyway, the subplot where the estranged mother, Niky Wardley (I didn’t realise it was her. She played Tamsin in the ‘Doctor Who’ Big Finish audios with Paul McGann and was in ‘The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot’) as Enid Wilson, and the estranged daughter, Hannah Hutch as Cilla Singh, was so compelling.

Cilla is married to Omar Malik as Pardeep Singh, a Sikh man, whom her mother Enid disapproves of. The ‘Call the Midwife’ team do their best to see that the mother and daughter put aside and reconcile their differences, especially during challenging times when they are about to give birth at the hospital.

The subplot where Jeannie Tennant decides to go through an illegal abortion of her third baby was very upsetting to watch. This is especially when she has the abortion at an unknown clinic; gets a nasty infection and soon dies in the process. Even Stephen McGann’s character, Dr. Turner, cannot save her.

I don’t really like abortion stories with pregnant women and this was so gut-wrenching to watch that it ends on a very unhappy ending. Even when Helen George as Nurse Trixie expresses how upset she is that she failed Jeannie during a questioning by Trevor Cooper as Sergeant Woolf, it was so upsetting.

I find ‘Call the Midwife’ to be a very emotional, character-driven drama series that raises interesting questions and highlights how midwifery was handled during difficult times in the 1950s/60s. The episodes being churned out each week from Series 8 in 2019 are so thought-provoking and compelling.

By the way, Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis and Trevor Cooper as Sergeant Woolf had a ‘date’ in the episode as they attended a photography exhibition. It didn’t go according to plan. What’s next for these two?

With hope, my review on Series 8, Episode 5 of ‘Call the Midwife’ will be up on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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