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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  • #207 — Call The Midwife |
    Friday, Oct 21 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #208 — Call The Midwife |
    Monday, Oct 24 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #301 — Call The Midwife |
    Tuesday, Oct 25 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #302 — Call The Midwife |
    Wednesday, Oct 26 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #303 — Call The Midwife |
    Thursday, Oct 27 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
  • #402 — Call The Midwife
    Two things become clear: new nurse Phyllis Crane is not going to fit in easily and Sister Julienne and a prospective benefactor knew each other many years ago. Meanwhile, everyone involved in a difficult birth is overwhelmed by the outcome, Patsy is poised to take over as scout leader and Tom dampens Trixie's plans for an extravagant engagement party.
    Monday, Nov 7 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #403 — Call The Midwife
    A mother's life is turned upside down when her husband is arrested for gross indecency with a man. After Nurse Crane meets a clearly malnourished pregnant woman, a home visit reveals that she has given a false address and seems to have disappeared. Trixie is delighted when Tom asks her to oversee an official church duty. At Nonnatus House, Sister Monica Joan deliberately undermines Fred's attempts to bring a rat infestation under control.
    Tuesday, Nov 8 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #404 — Call The Midwife
    Sister Winifred's eyes are opened to Poplar's seedy underworld when she cares for an expectant prostitute. Meanwhile, Barbara struggles to understand why an expectant father would put undue pressure on his wife to bear a son, and Sister Monica Joan feels redundant as the busy midwives go about their work. The bishop's meeting with Tom leads to an argument between Trixie and Tom.
    Wednesday, Nov 9 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #405 — Call The Midwife
    Sister Julienne questions the nature of absolute faith when she meets a Christian Science couple who refuse medicine for their newborn. Things become more complex when they're accused of harming their child. Meanwhile, Barbara tries to communicate with a pregnant woman who can't speak English. Using the woman's young son to translate presents a new set of problems. Sister Mary Cynthia returns, and Fred meets a woman who catches his eye.
    Thursday, Nov 10 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #406 — Call The Midwife
    A secret romance faces heartbreak when teenager Paulette becomes pregnant, a situation complicated by her diabetes and her boyfriend's criminal past. Nurse Crane helps support the young couple, but Paulette's life is endangered when the two run off together. Meanwhile, a group of itinerants comes to the attention of the Nonnatus team when Noakes accuses them of theft. The midwives are drawn into their closed world when they treat a newborn. Patsy organizes a fundraising square dance, to which Fred asks Violet on a date.
    Friday, Nov 11 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #407 — Call The Midwife
    Shirley and Marion, each pregnant with her first child, meet again. The old school friends are now worlds apart, but are brought together later in an unexpected way. Elsewhere, Barbara makes a revolutionary suggestion to help Sister Mary Cynthia's bedsore patient, Tommy. However, it turns out that his wife, Gert, most needs care. The love between Tommy and Gert makes Fred think about taking the next step with Violet.
    Monday, Nov 14 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #408 — Call The Midwife
    Trixie and Sister Mary Cynthia team up to support a deaf mother-to-be, while a case of morning sickness proves more serious than initially suspected. Elsewhere, Fred's daughter is less than delighted about his forthcoming wedding.
    Tuesday, Nov 15 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #501 — Call The Midwife
    Witness a couple's disagreement over the future of their child, born without arms and legs. Patsy, elated to find Delia fully recovered from her accident, is dismayed to learn that Delia's mother wants her to move back home to Wales.
    Wednesday, Nov 16 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #502 — Call The Midwife
    Barbara is caught between a stressed expectant mother and her impecunious husband. Sister Evangeline's vocal objection to the sale of baby formula distresses a new mother who's unable to breastfeed.
    Thursday, Nov 17 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #503 — Call The Midwife
    Learn why the pressure is on at Nonnatus House to find the source of a dangerous case of typhoid. Witness the reactions to an unwed schoolteacher's pregnancy.
    Friday, Nov 18 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #504 — Call The Midwife
    See how Sister Julienne's faith is tested by a limbless child and how a teenage pregnancy poses a problem for a young man who must choose between pursuing his studies or staying in the tenements to provide for his fiancee and their child.
    Monday, Nov 21 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #505 — Call The Midwife
    Learn why professionals like the Turners are reassessing their lifestyles as they fight for respiratory health for patients. See the unforeseen consequences of Fred's oversight of Violet's shop and how a new mother's past wreaks havoc on her family.
    Tuesday, Nov 22 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #506 — Call The Midwife
    See the consequences of a woman's decision not to report a rape and a mother's decision to conceal her daughter's pregnancy. Shelagh and Timothy secretly organize a long-overdue family camping holiday.
    Wednesday, Nov 23 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #507 — Call The Midwife
    Witness Dr. Turner's excitement about the contraceptive pill, Patsy's struggles to help a transient woman determined to avoid the maternity home, Nurse Crane's help in a post-natal emergency and the return of Sister Evangelina.
    Thursday, Nov 24 at 3pm TPT LIFE
  • #508 — Call The Midwife
    Join the residents of Poplar as Dr. Turner jumps into action to prevent further infant deformities, Nonnatus House tries to cope with a tragedy and there's joy all around at a wedding reception.
    Friday, Nov 25 at 3pm TPT LIFE
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