TV Review – ‘Call the Midwife’, Series 8, Episode 6

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

Well, it was another pretty good character-driven, emotionally-charged episode of ‘Call the Midwife’ in Series 8 recently. Episode 6 features some pretty good and intriguing story arcs for our main characters and probably ones that’ll continue in the build-up to the season finale in two episodes’ time.

Miriam Margolyes makes a return appearance as Mother Mildred. I believe she’s going to be in the series for quite a while, especially in the next episode. This is because Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis put her back out earlier on in the story and Mother Mildred is covering for her whilst she is in hospital.

Mother Mildred stepping in for Nurse Phyllis whilst she’s in hospital causes some unrest. For example, she takes advantage of Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle who drives on her rounds during the day. She also unintentionally offends the mother of a docker family with comparing their home to a slum she visited.

Thankfully, Mother Mildred learns from her mistakes and actually goes to the mother of the docker family to apologise for her remark. She also helps the docker family when the elderly father-in-law is suffering a terrible illness before he dies. It was pretty emotional and sad with all the family gathered.

It was nice to see Tim Treloar as the father of the docker family, Barney Brittall. Tim Treloar is well-known in ‘Doctor Who’ circles for playing the Third Doctor on audio in ‘The Third Doctor Adventures’ by Big Finish. Tim Treloar’s character also suffers and becomes ill in the story, leading him into hospital.

There’s another nice subplot where Leonie Elliot as Nurse Lucille helps an unmarried teenager, Hannah Rae as Elaine Pilkington, to deliver her baby when she becomes a mother. Elaine is overjoyed to have her baby and is determined to keep her and not lose her. Elaine’s character backstory was interesting.

It’s interesting how it gets unraveled that Elaine had a child once before, but she lost it when it was given to another family by her parents. The same situation occurs again when her parents want her to give up her daughter, but she’s determined to keep it and they immediately disown her in the story.

Surprisingly, even for a ‘Call the Midwife’ episode, there is no reconciliation between Elaine and her parents again. I liked the little subplot between Lucille and her potential love interest, Zephryn Taitte as Cyril, who was in the previous episode as there seemed to tension between them in their relationship.

We also get to meet Ann Mitchell as Elsie Dyer, who is the grandmother of Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie in the series. There’s also uncertainty about what’s going to happen to the Chinese girl that Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner and his wife, Laura Main as Nurse Shelagh, have adopted in the series.

Overall, this was a very good episode in ‘Call the Midwife’! 😀

With hope, my review on Series 8, Episode 7 of ‘Call the Midwife’ will be up on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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