‘Call the Midwife’, Series 5, Episode 5 (TV)


Please feel free to comment on my review.

This ‘Call the Midwife’ episode is a better one compared to the previous episodes I’ve seen in Series 5. That’s all down to the fact there are more positive messages brought out in many of the subplots.

At this time in the ‘Call the Midwife’ series, modern advances in medicine are starting to change things for the better. Even medical professionals in the series consider changing their own lifestyles.

I’m specifically talking about Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner and Laura Main as Shelagh. This comes about when they become concerned about the respiratory health for their patients with lung cancer.

Even their own son Timothy sees the risks that his parents are taking by continuing to smoke cigarettes. Now I know I made jokes in the past about Dr. Turner having cigarettes during the series.

But here, things become pretty serious, especially once Dr. Turner sees a ‘diseased’ lung from a patient when a colleague consults. I found that horrible to look at and had to look away from that. 😐

Dr. Turner comes to realise that smoking may not be a good thing, especially when he interacts with one of his patients who’s suffering from possible lung cancer. He even catches Timothy smoking one.

This makes Dr. Turner furious with Timothy and rightly so, since he shouldn’t be taking cigarettes at 14 years old. But Timothy rightly points out about his dad needing to cease taking cigarettes hereon.

I like how Dr. Turner takes the decision to heart to stop smoking in order to secure his son’s future that he never smokes. It might be a struggle I imagine, but I’m pleased Dr. Turner’s willing to stop. 🙂

Incidentally, this episode features Rupert Holliday-Evans as Mr. Phillips, the patient that Dr. Turner sees who’s suffering from lung cancer. Rupert was in a two-part ‘Doctor Who’ story with David Tennant. 🙂

That of course was ‘The Sontaran Strategem’/’The Poison Sky’. I like how his storyline gets resolved in that he agrees to go to a specialist clinic to overcome his smoking habits for his family’s sake here.

Meanwhile, Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane is concerned for Celeste Dodwell as Roseanne Dawley. She’s a recent mother who delivered her baby daughter but she’s become nervous and unconfident.

I liked that baby delivery scene where Kate Lamb as Delia talks to Roseanne on the phone, helping her to deliver her baby whilst Nurse Crane’s delayed on a bicycle. Nurse Crane’s car would not start.

I found myself shouting at Roseanne to do as Delia said on the phone by rubbing the baby’s back when it wouldn’t wake, saying, “Come on! Come on!” I was relieved when the baby was alright here.

Incidentally, Andrew Havill guest stars as Denis Dawley, Roseanne’s husband in the episode. I’ve seen Andrew Havill before, doing the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special called ‘Voyage of the Damned’.

He was also in the Big Finish audio ‘The Witch From The Well’ with Paul McGann. I enjoyed Andrew’s performance in this episode, playing a husband who is concerned for his wife who seems distracted.

Eventually, Roseanne Dawley leaves his husband to literally hold the baby whilst she disappears. Nurse Crane investigates and discovers that Roseanne has had a less than innocent past than seems.

It seems that Roseanne came from a poor upbringing compared to the life her older husband gave her. She’s afraid that her daughter will take after her and she doesn’t want her to end up like that. 😐

I like how Nurse Crane and Victoria Yeates as Sister Winifred find Roseanne and encourage her to not despair. I also like how Roseanne reunites with her husband and names her daughter Faith here.

There is a subplot where Annabelle Apsion does her back in and she’s forced to put her beloved shop in the cafe of Cliff Parisi as Fred. But Fred has trouble coping when he’s running his wife’s shop.

I like how Violet eventually forgives Fred for messing things up with looking after the shop, despite her not wanting him to run his shop again. It’s so nice to see how these two’s relationship develops.

Series 5, Episode 5 of ‘Call the Midwife’ is a happier effort compared to the previous efforts of the season. I liked how things ended up being positive rather than negative with certain characters appearing.

‘Series 5, Episode 5’ rating – 8/10

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