Call the Midwife (2012– )

Episode #7.8 

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A nearby maternity home closes, bringing new patients to Nonnatus, while Tom deals with his grief and Sister Monica Joan is given a surprise.


Syd Macartney


Heidi Thomas (created and written by), Jennifer Worth (inspired by the memoirs of)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Mature Jennifer Worth (voice)
Jennifer Kirby ... Nurse Valerie Dyer
Victoria Yeates ... Sister Winifred
Jack Ashton ... Tom Hereward
Leonie Elliott ... Nurse Lucille Anderson
Linda Bassett ... Nurse Phyllis Crane
Cliff Parisi ... Fred Buckle
Judy Parfitt ... Sister Monica Joan
Jenny Agutter ... Sister Julienne
Annabelle Apsion ... Violet Buckle
Simon Wright Simon Wright ... Rector
Stephen McGann ... Dr. Patrick Turner
Laura Main ... Nurse Shelagh Turner
Daniel Laurie Daniel Laurie ... Reggie Jackson
David Bamber ... Stanley Hodgkiss


As a grieving Tom considers his future Sister Monica Joan wanders into a cinema, meeting projectionist Stanley Hodgkiss. His daughter Olive, separated from her husband, is heavily pregnant but is annoyed that her father is more concerned for his old friend Donald, a dementia sufferer. With the local maternity hospital closed down the midwives are under extra pressure and Phyllis crosses swords with cheeky teenager Josie Winterlee but is there for her when it counts. As with Olive and Stanley a new arrival brings reconciliation and the staff assemble for the memorable occasion that is Sister Monica Joan's birthday. Written by don @ minifie-1

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6 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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The poem which Phyllis reads at the funeral is "Turn Again to Life" by Mary Lee Hall. See more »


Events in the latter half of the episode take place around the assassination and funeral of President John F. Kennedy (November 22, 1963 - November 25, 1963). However earlier in the episode Sister Monica Joan had seen It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World at the cinema; a film that did not release until December 2, 1963 in the UK. See more »


Sister Winifred: [reading Sister Monica Joan's prayers] For those preparing for the by-election in Dumfriesshire, and for all those called upon to participate in the Royal Variety Performance. May the Lord sustain and help them.
Sister Julienne: Lord have mercy.
Sister Winifred: For the British nylon industry, most notably those workers engaged in the manufacture of beachwear, lingerie, novelty embroidered hose, and concealed zip fasteners. May the Lord sustain and help them.
Sister Julienne: Lord have mercy.
Sister Winifred: For Mr Spencer Tracy, so selflessly engaged in the ...
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References It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) See more »

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