TV Review – ‘Call the Midwife’, Christmas Special 2022


Hello everyone! 🙂

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

On Christmas Day, I saw the latest ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special on BBC One. I enjoyed seeing the Christmas Special and I’m sure I’ll be seeing Series 12 in the New Year. Mind you, I’m wondering if the series is getting a little tired by this point, especially when it’s being going on for a long time. 😐

I mean, we’re coming up to 12 years of ‘Call the Midwife’ and I appreciate the series has been going through the years from the 1950s into the 1960s to depict how midwifery was handled. But there’s a sense of the series being repetitive. I wonder how many ideas the series can have to keep it going.

I’m not sure if we’re going to be entering the 1970s at all if ‘Call the Midwife’ reaches up to Series 15 or something like that. There must be a time when the series will stop, especially with the turnover of characters coming in and out. I might be wrong on this, as we’ll have to see how Series 12 turns out.

The 2022 Christmas Special takes place in 1967. Life seems to be returning to normal in Poplar after the terrible train crash that occurred in Series 11. I wondered how things would be for the ‘Call the Midwife’ cast in the Christmas Special. I appreciate the nods to the train crash episodes in Series 11.

Once again, Jenny Agutter returns as Sister Julienne, along with Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George as Trixie (Yes, she’s back after her absence in some Series 11 episodes), Leonie Elliot as Lucille, Laura Main as Shelagh and Stephen McGann as Dr. Patrick Turner. It was nice to see many of the ‘Call the Midwife’ cast back, except Sister Hilda sadly. 😦

Yeah, Fenella Woolgar isn’t in this special, as her character has gone to do God’s work. Shame. It’s like when Jennifer Kirby as Valerie decided not to return for the 2020 Christmas Special and Series 10. I hate it when that happens in ‘Call the Midwife’, as some characters aren’t given proper farewells.

Speaking of farewells, it seems Ella Bruccoleri as Sister Frances has left the show by the end of this special. I’m rather sad about this, as I liked Sister Frances’ character in ‘Call the Midwife’. Hopefully Sister Hilda and Sister Frances as well as Valerie will return to the ‘Call the Midwife’ series someday.

Maybe Ella Bruccoleri will appear in Series 4 of the new ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ series. Who knows? 😀 There’s Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle, Annabelle Apsion as Violet and Daniel Laurie as Reggie. And there’s Megan Cusack as Nancy, Georgie Glen as Miss Higgins and Zephryn Taitte as Cyril in this.

Olly Rix also appears as Matthew Aylward in the Christmas Special and even pops the question to Trixie by the end of the special. I’m pleased that happened, since the two have had a blossoming romance since Series 10. I hope Trixie will be able to find happiness when with Matthew in Series 12.

Max Macmillan also returns as Timothy Turner in the special. Liz White as Rhoda Mullucks also appears in the special, having followed her storyline with her daughter Susan involving thalidomide in Series 5 and 6. I like how that gets followed up on, especially when Rhoda is to have another baby.

There’s also a storyline involving Rhoda’s husband, Chris Reilly as Bernie Mullucks, who goes through a drinking problem when his wife is at hospital as well as his daughter Susan. I like how Trixie comforts him and helps him out of his drinking problem, since she’s also been through that process.

And there’s a storyline where Nurse Crane cares for a heavily pregnant single mother who was released from prison recently. Sister Frances gets called out to help deliver a Sylheti mother’s child in a garment factory in a rough area of Poplar, causing her to have an accident when she’s on her bike.

The special also includes a festive talent show called ‘Poplartunity Knocks!’ where Fred tries to raise money to help those who are still affected by the train crash in Series 11. It was fun to watch the contestants in the show, including Reggie, who gets to play his guitar and has help from someone. 🙂

The 2022 ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special has been nice to watch over the Christmas period. As usual with previous Christmas Specials, it delivers. The series still has appeal to many people. Even though it’s a matter of time before the series comes to an end, I’m sure it’ll be still enjoyed by many.

Thanks for reading!

See you soon for Series 12 of ‘Call the Midwife’! 🙂

Bye for now!

Tim 🙂

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