Quick TV Series Review – ‘Call the Midwife’ (Series 11)

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

From January to February 2022, I’ve been enjoying eight weeks of Series 11 of ‘Call the Midwife’! Yes, the series has gone back to eight episodes in Series 11 as opposed to seven episodes in Series 10. And this time, it was back to its January-February slot as opposed to the April-May slot in 2021. 🙂

I decided to save doing in-depth reviews on each of the eight episodes of Series 11 until I receive the Series 11 DVD in the post from Amazon. In the meantime, here’s a summary of how I’ve found Series 11 overall. To be honest, I found this a pretty enjoyable and improved season compared to Series 10.

Series 11 takes place in 1967. The cast of characters include Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George as Trixie, Leonie Elliot as Lucille, Zephryn Taitte as Cyril, Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner, Laura Main as Shelagh and many more.

A couple of characters like Trixie and Nurse Crane depart the series for a bit and they’re absent for a few episodes. Nurse Crane manages to come back at the series’ conclusion, but Trixie is yet to return, due to Helen George having left on maternity leave. Hopefully, we will see Trixie again soon.

It’s likely Trixie will be back in time for the 2022 Christmas Special later this year. I liked the romantic relationship she’s formed with Olly Rix as Matthew in Series 11. Granted, we don’t see them kissing each other much due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions during the making of this certain season.

In fact, you might have noticed how the cast members have gotten round to avoiding too much physical contact with each other, whether it be hugging or kissing each other. But I can forgive the series for that aspect, as I found myself immersed in many of the stories told throughout Series 11. 🙂

I like how the marriage between Lucille and Cyril is turning out so far in the series. It was nice when Lucille got pregnant, but it became a shock when she suffered a miscarriage and lost the child. I’m hoping Lucille and Cyril will get another chance in having a baby, whether it’ll be in Series 12 or 13. 🙂

I like how Ella Bruccoleri as Sister Frances has turned out as a character in Series 11, since she’s grown confident since her beginnings in Series 8. Megan Cusack as Nancy Corrigan also seems to have developed into a confident character compared to how she made her debut during Series 10.

I enjoyed the second episode of Series 11 where Georgie Glen as Miss Higgins spent some time living in Nonnatus House before she ended up owning the house that once belonged to Tom and Barbara in Series 7. It was also great to see Fenella Woolgar playing Sister Hilda again in ‘Call the Midwife’. 🙂

The last two episodes of Series 11 were pretty dramatic, especially when Episode 7 ended on a cliffhanger with a train crash and the fates of Sister Julienne and Dr. Turner uncertain as to whether they survived or not. I felt anxious that one or two of these well-loved characters was going to die. 😐

Thankfully, in the eighth episode, it turns out alright in the end and Sister Julienne and Dr. Turner survive to tell another tale. I did wonder whether Sister Monica Joan was going to die at some point in Series 11, especially with the black raven that flew by in Episodes 6 and 7. Thankfully, it wasn’t the case.

Series 11 of ‘Call the Midwife’ has been very good to check out this year. I hope to revisit the season again someday soon and do in-depth reviews on each of the eight episodes. The performances of the cast are very good throughout each episode. The storytelling and drama is compelling as ever. 🙂

We’ll soon have the 2022 Christmas Special and Series 12 of ‘Call the Midwife’ with us before we know it. 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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