TV Review – ‘Call the Midwife’, Christmas Special 2019

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves on Christmas Day! I certainly did with the presents I received and spending time with my family. I also enjoyed the things I watched on DVD and Blu-ray. Christmas Day was also a nice time to see the latest ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special on BBC One at 7.30pm.

It was nice to settle back into the world of ‘Call the Midwife’ especially after enjoying Series 8 earlier this year. It was good to see the ‘Call the Midwife’ cast led by Jenny Agutter, Linda Bassett and Judy Parfitt. A lot of the main characters have colds before Christmas. That was slightly amusing to see. 😀

Anyway, this Christmas Special has most of the ‘Call the Midwife’ team going to the Outer Hebrides. Miriam Margolyes as Mother Mildred declares that God has called her to set up a branch house there. She selects certain members of the ‘Call the Midwife’ team to join her to the Outer Hebrides!

These include Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis, Helen George as Nurse Trixie, Leonie Elliott as Nurse Lucille, Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie, Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner, Laura Main as his wife Nurse Shelagh and Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle. Not all are very keen on this trip.

Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica also comes along to join the ‘Call the Midwife’ team, even though she wasn’t selected by Mother Mildred. Mother Mildred is far from happy when Sister Monica turns up via train. Sister Monica is determined however to see a white stag there, having seen it in a vision. 🙂

It was interesting to watch this episode with my parents. We’ve been to the Outer Hebrides before on our Scotland holidays from years ago. We visited the Isle of Lewis once, one of the Outer Hebrides. I was amazed my Dad recognised landmarks in the episode e.g. Callanish Standing Stones.

The ‘Call the Midwife’ team have to cope with the run-down conditions of where they have to stay in the Outer Hebrides, including coping with the cold. This is a contrast to how comfortable they’ve been in London. They also have to deal with the religious differences found within the local community. 🙂

In the episode, Dr. Turner, Lucille, Valerie and Mr. Buckle have to help a lighthouse keeper and his wife who’s about to give birth. The baby is born thankfully but the mother suffers a terrible condition after giving birth. It was interesting to see Dr. Turner scared before conducting a operation.

It was also compelling to see a young teenager go on a depressive path and abandon her younger cousin who had received burns. Nurse Phyllis and Nurse Trixie observe this as they attend to the little cousin (which involves getting a calf to calm her down 😀 ) and help the teenager through her misery.

The 2019 ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special was great to watch on Christmas Day! There’s a lot going on, especially for 90 minutes. There is a sense of Christian messages going on throughout the ‘Call the Midwife’ series which must be very appealing. This is especially for a period drama like that.

Series 9 of ‘Call the Midwife’ starts on the 5th of January 2020. That means ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Call the Midwife’ on Sunday evenings for my parents and me in early 2020! Oh goody! 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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