TV Review – ‘Call the Midwife’, Series 9, Episode 3

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

It was another enjoyable Sunday evening with ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Call the Midwife’ recently. The latest ‘Call the Midwife’ episode I’ve seen had some solid character drama again. It was also intriguing to explore medical practices being handled in the 1960s. That would be different compared to nowadays.

I must point out that the first thing I noticed about this ‘Call the Midwife’ episode was that it was by Helen Raynor. Helen was the script editor for new series ‘Doctor Who’ for its first four seasons as well being a writer for two 2-part stories. It was so amazing finding her writing a ‘Call the Midwife’ episode.

In this episode, Leonie Elliot as Nurse Lucille has been seconded to help out at St. Cuthbert’s Hospital when a ward sister goes off sick. Lucille willingly helps out, but finds herself facing challenges involving a difficult mother in one of the wards. This is especially when the mother has her baby delivered in a lift. 😀

This episode also features the return of Zephryn Taitte as Cyril, Lucille’s boyfriend. It was nice to see Cyril back in this as well as his motorcycle and side-car. 😀 Cyril does have to wait for Lucille to return from her overrunning hospital jobs to be charmingly entertained by Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan.

But at least he’s patient about it and he’s happy to see Lucille once she does return to the midwives’ home. I enjoyed the scenes where they have their dates together at a Caribbean restaurant. I also liked how Cyril shares how he does in his exams. Cyril also gets to preach at Lucille’s worship group. 🙂

Also, in the episode, Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane gets to deal with the mother of two brothers Rahul and Jalal who come from East Pakistan (Bangladesh). The mother happens to have a serious bladder problem following a prolonged pregnancy and labour. She’s quite ill and does not speak much English.

Nurse Crane acquires the help of two brothers Rahul and Jalal to find their father who abandoned their mother in order to persuade her to receive help from the doctors and nurses. Nurse Crane also gets Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner to help out when they visit the mother’s quite run-down home. 😦

The episode features subtitles when the Pakistani husband and wife speak to each other in another language. The episode also features some of the ‘Call the Midwife’ cast putting on a charity fashion show for the community to raise some money for the incubator fund. Shelagh, Violet, Trixie, Sister Frances and Valerie get involved in it.

The fashions featured in the show are pretty unique to say the least. Trixie’s fashion outfits put people off, making them disapprove and walk out since they’re…well, revealing for their time. It was amusing to see that in the episode. Thankfully, it raises the money for the incubator fund. All things are well. 🙂

I enjoyed Series 9, Episode 3 of ‘Call the Midwife’ very much. I enjoyed Lucille’s journey in how she copes at a hospital and how her relationship with Cyril develops. It was also interesting to see how Nurse Crane helped a suffering Pakistani lady with two little boys and how her husband helped in the end. 🙂

Stay tuned for my review on Series 9, Episode 4 of ‘Call the Midwife’ on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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