TV Review – ‘Call the Midwife’, Series 9, Episode 1

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

Series 9 of ‘Call the Midwife’ has begun! As soon as my parents and I saw ‘Spyfall – Part Two’ in ‘Doctor Who’, we went on to watch Series 9, Episode 1 of ‘Call the Midwife’. We’re currently enjoying our Sunday evenings in January 2020 with watching ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Call the Midwife’ on BBC iPlayer. 🙂

The series now takes place in 1965. So, how does Series 9 of ‘Call the Midwife’ begin? With the birth of a baby from a mother of course, conducted by Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne. I wasn’t expecting to go straight into the birth of a baby at the start of Series 9. They don’t usually start like that, do they?

The episode also announces the death of Winston Churchill. That means this episode takes place about the 24th of January 1965. My Dad recalls the day when Winston Churchill died. It was a pretty big event, especially with Winston getting a state funeral. I appreciate the historical significance of this series.

There’s an alarming outbreak of diphtheria in the episode. I don’t know much about what it is, but it’s something to do with a thick covering caused in the back of the throat, preventing someone from breathing. This occurs when a young adopted boy of a pregnant mother suffers from the condition. 😦

Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner and Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane are on the case when this alarming outbreak occurs. Meanwhile, Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle finds an abandoned baby in a dustbin. I was very shocked to see that. I wondered who would be quite cruel to leave a baby abandoned in a dustbin.

But it turns out there’s more to this mystery as the ‘Call the Midwife’ team work to find out who the mother is. The mother eventually turns up and she happens to be a priest’s housekeeper. It also seems that the baby’s father might be the priest himself. The mother is very determined to keep the baby in this.

I enjoyed Miriam Margolyes’ performance as Mother Mildred in the episode, especially when she’s determined to protect the mother’s best interests for her baby against the priest who’s rather smug and quite a jerk. It’s a really interesting side to Mother Mildred’s character since she’s religiously strict.

I enjoyed the character moments featured throughout this episode, especially when Helen George as Nurse Trixie; Leonie Elliot as Nurse Lucille and Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie go in for a competition. The issue about Valerie’s gran from Series 8 gets readdressed in the episode when her sister visits her.

There is a disturbing note in the episode when Jenny Agutter’s Sister Julienne discovers that the midwifery home and the area they’re living in is about to be closed down within two years. I don’t know how it’s going to affect the rest of Series 9 as well as the series. It will provide a very big change here.

Overall, this episode has been a pretty good beginning to Series 9 of ‘Call the Midwife’. I enjoyed the emotional character drama and it was intriguing how the diphtheria case is tackled as well as the abandoned baby that’s found in a dustbin before the mother returns. I wonder what will happen next!

Stay tuned for my review on Series 9, Episode 2 of ‘Call the Midwife’ on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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