TV Review – ‘Call the Midwife’, Series 9, Episode 6

Hello everyone!

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

I have to tell you, the latest ‘Call the Midwife’ episode was a tough one to sit through. This was for me and my parents since it concerned a baby with a heart problem who sadly died. My parents had a similar experience in losing my sister Bethan with a similar condition. She was six years when she died.

It was worse in the ‘Call the Midwife’ episode since the baby had weeks to live. This was from the mother contradicting someone with German measles. My Mum told me it happened when she had Bethan. I did wonder if a cure would get found for that baby and whether all will be happily ever after.

But the episode stuck to its guns and the baby passed away quietly. It was pretty upsetting and emotional to watch. I can’t say my parents and I enjoyed the episode as my Mum had tears in her eyes from watching it. But despite that, it was a really good and well-written episode with emotional drama.

The episode stars Juliet Oldfield as Maureen Bryant, Valerie’s cousin who has the baby that sadly dies in the episode. There’s also Jack Gordon as her husband Charlie who supports his wife during this difficult time. The performances of the cast are greatly appreciated throughout this dramatic episode.

Despite the toughness my parents and I had watching this episode, there were other good moments peppered throughout. I liked the subplot where Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle organised the Poplar Horticultural Show and the midwifery team at Nonnatus House help out with their own contributions.

I liked how the episode ended with everyone gathering for the Horticultural Show and Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica’s contribution involved gathering the babies of Poplar. 😀 I was amused by Judy Parfitt having a teddy bear in her room at Nonnatus House. 😀 Leonie Elliot as Nurse Lucille placing a photograph of Maureen and Charlie’s deceased baby among the babies at the Horticultural Show was so touching.

There was another subplot going on in the episode where the little Chinese girl May, who’s become an adopted daughter of Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner and Laura Main as Shelagh, has her mother return to her life. It was pretty tense when that mother wanted to see her daughter but not vice versa.

It was a nice surprise to see Lee Armstrong as Dr. Kevin McNulty back to help the ‘Call the Midwife’ team for a while, following his previous appearance in Series 9, Episode 4. Georgie Glen as Miss Higgins was a bit sharp with him though. I did like his scenes with Ella Bruccoleri as Sister Frances here.

It was nice to see Zephryn Taitte back as Cyril for this episode. It was tense between Cyril and Lucille when they seemed to argue about not seeing each other very often enough. But I liked how things resolved between at the episode’s end, especially when Cyril was coming to the Horticultural Show. 🙂

So yeah, the latest ‘Call the Midwife’ episode was an emotionally-charged and tough episode to sit through concerning the baby with the heart problem. But it was well-written and peppered with nice moments. I’m looking forward to the next episode. I recognise a blind actress from ‘Doctor Who’ in it. 😀

Stay tuned for my review on Series 9, Episode 7 of ‘Call the Midwife’ on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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