History Series / CallTheMidwife

12th Sep '17 8:24:13 PM RoseAndHeather
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Later additions include [[{{Adorkable}} adorably dorky]] Sister Winifred (Victoria Yeates), briskly lively Patsy Mount (Emerald Fennell), sweet-but-naive Barbara Gilbert (Charlotte Ritchie), gruff veteran nurse Phyllis Crane (Linda Bassett), local [[TheVicar curate]] Tom Hereward, shy, competent Delia Busby (Kate Lamb), and experienced Army nurse Valerie Dyer (Jennifer Kirby). Weaving in and out of all these characters' lives are the colourful working-class folk who populate the district of Poplar.

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Later additions include [[{{Adorkable}} adorably dorky]] Sister Winifred (Victoria Yeates), briskly lively Patsy Mount (Emerald Fennell), sweet-but-naive Barbara Gilbert (Charlotte Ritchie), gruff veteran nurse Phyllis Crane (Linda Bassett), local [[TheVicar curate]] Tom Hereward, Hereward (Jack Ashton), shy, competent Delia Busby (Kate Lamb), and experienced Army nurse Valerie Dyer (Jennifer Kirby). Weaving in and out of all these characters' lives are the colourful working-class folk who populate the district of Poplar.
12th Sep '17 9:39:20 AM NEinDC
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* AmicableExes: [[spoiler: Trixie and Tom]] eventually become this, a realistically long time after [[spoiler: Trixie]] calls off their engagement.
5th Jun '17 6:55:34 PM wrestlingdog909
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* FamilyOfChoice: The nuns and midwives appear to have little family between them, and certainly not nearby. They act as each other's family, the nurses often like sisters to one another.

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** Also qualifies with [[spoiler: Barbara's wedding dress]], though instead of a veil it has a gorgeous white cloak.
* FamilyOfChoice: The nuns and midwives appear to have little family between them, and certainly not nearby. They act as each other's family, the nurses often like sisters to one another. another.
** Outright stated in series 2 when Chummy nearly dies in labor- one character laments that her family is so far away that they don't know that she's ill, and Jenny replies "Yes they do. Hr family is here."


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* GrandRomanticGesture: [[spoiler: the carousel at Barbara and Tom's wedding in the series 6 finale.]]
21st May '17 7:24:06 PM wrestlingdog909
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** In season 6, Phyllis hitting the son of a patient with her car. While the kid survives and she is cleared of any wrongdoing, she is guilt-stricken for the rest of the show.


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** Sister Evangelina gets this again when a patient is so unwilling to use formula (even though she has inverted nipples and the child will not latch) based on the nun's strong opinions on the matter that the child nearly starves. She responds by leaving to go to a silent convent for several months.
** Everyone involved in the thalidomide scandal, but especially Dr. Turner.
** The Chinese mother in law in series 6- after she had lost a baby daughter that had frozen to death while fleeing their village, she insisted that her daughter-in-law stay confined inside the apartment with the baby with the windows closed. The child nearly dies of carbon monoxide poisoning.
** In the same episode as above, Sister Ursula has a moment of this after the child's condition is nearly missed by the midwives because Sister Ursula has ordered them to stick to an extremely severe timetable for visits due to a fear of inefficiency (for which her former hospital was closed down).
15th Apr '17 7:47:15 PM RoseAndHeather
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* RelationshipReveal: Delia Busby is initially introduced simply as a friend of Patsy's, as she comes to help Patsy's Cub Scouts with their first aid badges. We see a bit more of her over subsequent episodes, but any notion of the two being only friends is rapidly put to bed with a shovel when Patsy, devastated after attending a stillbirth, goes to Delia's bedroom late at night and [[CryIntoChest breaks down in Delia's arms]] while an obviously concerned Delia [[CoveredInKisses covers her in kisses]]. It's later revealed that the two have been romantically involved for several years at least, possibly even since nursing school.
15th Apr '17 3:06:52 PM NOYB
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** Possibly not as unlikely as you might think. Rationing in the UK ended in 1954 and 1957, the year the show begins, is when Harold MacMillan commented on an improving standard of living and said Britain "never had it so good." So it's possible the affordability of food was improving.

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** Possibly not as unlikely as you might think. Rationing in the UK ended in 1954 and 1957, the year the show begins, is when Harold MacMillan [=MacMillan=] commented on an improving standard of living and said Britain "never had it so good." So it's possible the affordability of food was improving.
15th Apr '17 2:57:52 PM NOYB
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** Although Sister Winifred never allows her feelings to get in the way of helping her patients, she does betray a slightly judgemental attitude when she visits a brothel to take care of a pregnant prostitute in 4x04, and a rather more judgmental attitude towards an unmarried teacher who is pregnant by her married boyfriend in 5x03, which leads to a MyGodWhatHaveIDone.

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** Although Sister Winifred never allows her feelings to get in the way of helping her patients, she does betray a slightly judgemental attitude when she visits a brothel to take care of a pregnant prostitute in 4x04, and a rather more judgmental attitude towards an unmarried teacher who is pregnant by her married boyfriend in 5x03, which leads to a MyGodWhatHaveIDone.MyGodWhatHaveIDone on Winifred's part.
15th Apr '17 2:57:33 PM NOYB
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** Although Sister Winifred never allows her feelings to get in the way of helping her patients, she does betray a slightly judgemental attitude when she visits a brothel to take care of a pregnant prostitute in 4x04, and a rather more judgmental attitude towards an unmarried teacher who is pregnant by her married boyfriend in 5x03.

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** Although Sister Winifred never allows her feelings to get in the way of helping her patients, she does betray a slightly judgemental attitude when she visits a brothel to take care of a pregnant prostitute in 4x04, and a rather more judgmental attitude towards an unmarried teacher who is pregnant by her married boyfriend in 5x03.5x03, which leads to a MyGodWhatHaveIDone.
15th Apr '17 2:56:50 PM NOYB
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* GivenNameReveal: As the nuns chose their convent names when they joined, their birth names are almost never used in-series, but were revealed at a rate of 1 per season for seasons 1-4. Breaking the pattern, we did not learn anyone's given name in season 5 (though season 4 had something of an additional inverted reveal, when [[spoiler:Cynthia returns from postulant training, now known as Sister Mary Cynthia)]].

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* GivenNameReveal: As the nuns chose their convent names when they joined, their birth names are almost never used in-series, but were revealed at a rate of 1 per season for seasons Seasons 1-4. Breaking the pattern, we did not learn anyone's given name in season Season 5 (though season Season 4 had something of an additional inverted reveal, when [[spoiler:Cynthia returns from postulant training, now known as Sister Mary Cynthia)]].
6th Apr '17 7:24:38 PM danlansdowne
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** The original Nonnatus House is demolished ahead of schedule after being damaged by the controlled detonation of a nearby unexploded German bomb. It's a rare construction site in central London that ''doesn't'' unearth one of these.
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