Call The Midwife

Season 5 Behind the Scenes | Thalidomide

Clip: It’s a horrifying time for the people of Poplar as Thalidomide use spreads. Nobody knows what’s going on as the drug's early impact on the community begins to be seen.

 
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This moving, intimate, funny and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London's East End in the 1950s. Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work in the poorest area of the city. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of women who minister to expectant mothers, many of whom give birth at home in appalling conditions. The drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients and learns to love the people who live in the East End.
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  • #101 — Call The Midwife |
    Wednesday, Oct 5 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #102 — Call The Midwife |
    Thursday, Oct 6 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #103 — Call The Midwife |
    Friday, Oct 7 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #104 — Call The Midwife |
    Monday, Oct 10 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #105 — Call The Midwife |
    Tuesday, Oct 11 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #101 — Call The Midwife
    In the spring of 1957, newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee arrives in the East End of London to begin her career. After overcoming the initial shock that her new home, Nonnatus House, is a convent and not a private hospital, she quickly becomes immersed in her new life. Living with nuns and working in a community of colorful characters are different from anything Jenny has encountered previously. Through her, experience the sorrows and joys that come with being a midwife.
    Wednesday, Oct 5 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #102 — Call The Midwife
    As Jenny Lee settles into her role, there is a new arrival at Nonnatus House - Chummy. A welcome pair of extra hands, Chummy sets about showing her worth, but her overwhelming desire to please and her inability to ride a bike prove obstacles in gaining the respect of Sister Evangelina. Meanwhile, a chance encounter with Mary, a pregnant young runaway, forces Jenny to see an unfamiliar, darker side of life.
    Thursday, Oct 6 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #103 — Call The Midwife
    Jenny is placed on the district nursing roster for a few weeks, to extend her experience of community practice. During her rounds, she attends to Joe, a gentle old soldier, and a friendship forms. At the antenatal clinic, Trixie and Cynthia enroll Winnie as a new patient. In her 40s, Winnie, who thought her days of diapers and babies were long gone, seems upset by her pregnancy. By contrast, her husband, Ted, is overjoyed. However, at the baby's birth, everyone gets a little surprise.
    Friday, Oct 7 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #104 — Call The Midwife
    A baby girl, recently delivered by Jenny, is snatched from her baby carriage, causing great anguish to her family and uniting the local community as they search for the missing child. Meanwhile, Cynthia witnesses another type of loss as she assists in the case of soon-to-be parents David and Margaret. Newly married and excited about their future, everything is put in jeopardy when Margaret develops eclampsia.
    Monday, Oct 10 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #105 — Call The Midwife
    Jenny finds herself for once not involved in the beginning of life, but at its end. When Nonnatus House cleaner Peggy's brother Frank is diagnosed with cancer, Jenny and the nuns are called upon to care for him. In doing so, Jenny comes to know the siblings better, learning of their upbringing in a workhouse and the profound effect it had on their relationship. As Jenny tends to Frank, the other residents of Nonnatus House become involved in helping Fred with his latest money-making venture - a pig named Evie. Fred's plan had been to make his fortune from bacon, but this unravels when they realize the pig is pregnant. The nuns and nurses help out Fred and Evie in the manner they know best.
    Tuesday, Oct 11 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #106 — Call The Midwife
    Sister Monica Joan is found wandering near the docks and returned to Nonnatus House by the police. Her adventure takes its toll on her health and she develops pneumonia. When she eventually recovers she returns to the community, only to find herself in trouble with the law when she is accused of theft. As Sister Monica Joan's case progresses to trial, the Nonnatus House community fears that the elderly nun could go to jail. Chummy is worried when her mother decides to make a trip to "inspect" her new beau.
    Wednesday, Oct 12 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #201 — Call The Midwife
    It's 1958. Returning from a long day of duties, Nurse Jenny Lee finds the Nonnatus House community gathered to wish her a happy birthday, before she, Chummy, Trixie and Cynthia head off to the cinema - a joyous celebration. However, the midwife's good cheer is short-lived when the next day she's assigned a new patient, Molly Brignall. Molly's due date is imminent and Jenny worries about the harm that could come to Molly and her children. Meanwhile, Trixie and Sister Evangelina find themselves aboard a Swedish cargo ship looking after the captain's daughter, who is about to have her first baby.
    Thursday, Oct 13 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #202 — Call The Midwife
    The Nonnatus community is rocked when the Kelly family's newborn son dies in unexplained circumstances. Cynthia, who had attended the birth, comes under intense scrutiny from the police and the pregnant women of Poplar. Despite reassurances from her friends and colleagues, Cynthia questions her own abilities and the strain takes its toll on her work and health. Now fully ensconced in married life with PC Noakes, Chummy decides to pursue her dream, bringing about a different sort of pressure. Meanwhile, a chance encounter returns Jimmy to Jenny's life.
    Friday, Oct 14 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #203 — Call The Midwife
    Jenny is seconded to a short-staffed London Hospital to work on the male surgical ward. Hesitant about her temporary assignment, she becomes increasingly uneasy when she finds herself working under an intimidating surgeon. Back in Poplar, Jane, a new addition to the household, lends a hand in Jenny's absence. In one of their most unusual cases, the nuns and midwives meet a forthright pair of identical twins, one of whom is pregnant. As the two come to terms with the impact a baby will have on each of them, Jenny unexpectedly helps to save the life of an old friend.
    Monday, Oct 17 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #204 — Call The Midwife
    Returning from her stint at the London Hospital, Jenny needs all her midwifery skill when she and Sister Evangelina assist at the birth of a baby born with spina bifida. The parents struggle to understand and accept their son's condition. Jenny, who has never delivered a disabled child, struggles to accept the implications the illness could have for the child's future. Nonnatus House, meanwhile, plays host to an acquaintance of Chummy's - an eccentric cleric who befriends Jane.
    Tuesday, Oct 18 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #205 — Call The Midwife
    The whole Poplar community pulls together to prepare for the annual Summer Fete. This year, with the introduction of a baby show, the midwives will be more involved than ever, especially Trixie, who assumes responsibility for securing a celebrity judge. At the ante-natal clinic, Jenny meets Nora, an impoverished mother of eight, who is distraught that she may soon have another mouth to feed. Jenny's attempts to reassure her fall on deaf ears, and a desperate Nora takes matters into her own hands.
    Wednesday, Oct 19 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #206 — Call The Midwife
    Dr. Turner is determined that Poplar will no longer live under the threat of tuberculosis. While the nuns and nurses support his campaign to bring screening facilities to the area, Jenny's nursing rounds lead her to a family that has suffered devastating misfortune from the disease. Now, Jenny works to reconcile the dying father man and his only remaining daughter. Having secured a visit from a TB screening van, Dr. Turner pulls off an epic day, backed by the midwives, but little can prepare them for what the results will mean for one of their own.
    Thursday, Oct 20 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #207 — Call The Midwife
    On Cynthia's district rounds, she administers daily insulin to a man who consistently belittles his wife, Annie. A visit from Annie's son and support from Cynthia help Annie gain confidence and start to change her life. Jenny witnesses persecution of a different kind when she looks after a black mother-to-be who is subjected to racial prejudice from neighbors. Funded by the success of the Summer Fete, Nonnatus House takes ownership of a scooter to help with rounds. Fred teaches the midwives to ride - with amusing and unforeseen results. Everyone is thrilled when Chummy and Peter return from Sierra Leone with a surprise.
    Friday, Oct 21 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #208 — Call The Midwife
    Chummy and PC Noakes meet with new challenges as they settle back into life in Poplar. Fred is in high spirits when his pregnant daughter, Dolly, and her young son, Anthony, arrive to stay with him. Jenny's own jubilation comes in the form of potential love interest. The winds of change are blowing through Poplar, as old buildings are demolished to make new way for new flats, a situation that reaches crisis point when the convent comes under threat.
    Monday, Oct 24 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #301 — Call The Midwife
    The nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premises, and Sister Winifred, a warm-hearted, slightly innocent young woman, arrives from the Mother House. Sister Monica Joan's increasingly eccentric behavior causes concern, yet she's the one who solves a perplexing medical mystery. New housewife and mother Chummy spearheads an Open Day at the Community Centre. After helping to deliver a neighbor's baby, she decides she wants to return to midwifery.
    Tuesday, Oct 25 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #302 — Call The Midwife
    Trixie is upset when Sister Julienne promotes Jenny to "acting sister, " but their relationship is eventually restored. A patient who's carrying a baby who wasn't fathered by her husband accepts that the only solution is adoption. Cynthia, inspired by a lecture on the art of natural childbirth, helps a patient experience a peaceful and calm birth. Alec and his friends try to persuade Jenny to go on a nuclear disarmament march, but she declines for the sake of her patients.
    Wednesday, Oct 26 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #303 — Call The Midwife
    Sister Julienne and Trixie assist a pregnant prison inmate who's worried that social services will deem her an unfit mother and take her baby. Sister Julienne puts her reputation on the line to help mother and child stay together. Shelagh suffers heartbreak when a routine pregnancy check turns out to be something far more serious. For Chummy's birthday, Fred gets tickets for the gang to see My Fair Lady, but they're turned away at the box office because their tickets are forged. Alec tells Jenny he loves her, but she can't return the sentiment.
    Thursday, Oct 27 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #304 — Call The Midwife
    Jenny's patient Leah is struggling to cope with her mother's agoraphobia, as well as her own pregnancy. When her husband is offered a new job and home, Leah knows she can't leave her mother behind after all they went through to survive the Holocaust. With the arrival of new life, Mrs. Rubin seems reborn, too; with great effort and help from Sister Winifred, she manages to step outside for the first time in 12 years. Alec asks Jenny to go to Brighton for the weekend, but she questions his intentions. Later, he's seriously injured in an accident on the building site that he's been overseeing. When she learns that he has taken a turn for the worse, Jenny leaves immediately for the hospital. Shelagh takes over the local choir and helps bring it back to life.
    Friday, Oct 28 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #305 — Call The Midwife
    The midwives discover that a young Down Syndrome woman is six months pregnant, leading to difficult confessions and decisions. Dr. Turner suggests that Shelagh take over the running of Nonnatus House to allow an exhausted Sister Julienne to recuperate. This includes overseeing the arrangements for Sister Evangelina's surprise jubilee celebrations. But the atmosphere turns sour when a lemon meringue pie goes missing. Patsy, a new nurse, arrives at Nonnatus House. Her no nonsense, hard-working attitude and sense of humor mean she's an immediate hit with the nuns and midwives.
    Monday, Oct 31 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #306 — Call The Midwife
    Tom, the local curate, asks Trixie to join him for a day of cricket. She happily accepts, but their date is disastrous and she's left feeling disappointed. Shelagh decides to talk to Dr. Turner about adopting a baby. Patsy struggles to adapt to the unpredictable and chaotic working life that midwifery brings. When she upsets a young mother in the clinic, she's taken off midwifery and put on to the district rota. In the course of her work, she forms a bond with a docker and works tirelessly to find a diagnosis for his unusual symptoms.
    Tuesday, Nov 1 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #307 — Call The Midwife
    Sister Julienne calms an anxious new mother who has put her baby in grave danger. Jenny returns from the Mother House restored and is seconded to The London. Impressed at first with the facilities and efficiency, she soon begins to see cracks in the establishment, especially when her patient suffers complications and she's stopped from looking after her. Chummy is upset to learn that her mother has walked out on her father, leaving Lady Browne penniless. As Dr. Turner and Shelagh continue the adoption process, they uncover a devastating secret. Trixie struggles to hide her disappointment when Tom cancels a date.
    Wednesday, Nov 2 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #308 — Call The Midwife
    As preparations are made for Chummy to nurse her dying mother at home, Jenny feels drawn to help. While Shelagh and Dr. Turner await news from the Adoption Society, Shelagh pulls out all the stops when she enters her choir into a competition.
    Thursday, Nov 3 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #401 — Call The Midwife
    Nurse Barbara Gilbert arrives at Nonnatus and, after a disastrous start, earns the respect of her colleagues by helping a new mother overcome difficulties. Trixie faces one of the most emotionally draining cases of her career, and the Turners broker a domestic deal that breaks the mold for the 1950s and 60s. Sister Evangelina finally agrees to undergo tests for her abdominal pain.
    Friday, Nov 4 at 3pm TPT LIFE
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