History YMMV / CallTheMidwife

12th Mar '17 7:54:08 PM RoseAndHeather
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* WriterCopOut: [[spoiler: The 2015 ChristmasSpecial builds and builds to what looks like a [[TearJerker emotional and poignant death]] for Sister Monica Joan. Then right at the end...she just gets better. Out of nowhere. [[StatusQuoIsGod And everything goes back to the way it was.]] It's so unexpected that it honestly seems like the writers planned to kill her off but changed their minds right at the last moment. Perhaps because Sister Monica Joan is such a beloved character and staple of the series.]]

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* WriterCopOut: [[spoiler: The 2015 ChristmasSpecial builds and builds to what looks like a [[TearJerker emotional and poignant death]] for Sister Monica Joan. Then right at the end...she just gets better. Out of nowhere. [[StatusQuoIsGod And everything goes back to the way it was.]] It's so unexpected that it honestly seems like the writers planned to kill her off but changed their minds right at the last moment. Perhaps because Sister Monica Joan is such a beloved character and staple of the series -- or because Pam Ferris (Sister Evangelina) had by then decided to leave the show and retire from acting, resulting in Evangelina's death at the end of the subsequent series.]]
12th Mar '17 7:52:06 PM RoseAndHeather
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* FanservicePack: For the entire non-nun cast in Season 6 as they change uniforms... some of them literally. Particularly for Helen George (Trixie) who had appeared on ''Series/StrictlyComeDancing'' during filming; Trixie ends up with multiple scenes in tight clothing, in her undies or showing off her stockinged leg. In character, she's attending a Keep Fit class with the result that she's dropped two inches of her waist and gone up a cup size.
** The ''Daily Mail'' predictably described this as 'sexing up' the show.

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* FanservicePack: For the entire non-nun cast in Season 6 as they change uniforms... some of them literally. Particularly for Helen George (Trixie) who had appeared on ''Series/StrictlyComeDancing'' during filming; Trixie ends up with multiple scenes in tight clothing, in her undies or showing off her stockinged leg. In character, she's attending a Keep Fit class with the result that she's dropped two inches of her waist and gone up a cup size.
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size. The ''Daily Mail'' predictably described this as 'sexing up' the show.



* NarmCharm: ''Call the Midwife'' definitely contains a few elements that could be considered a bit... Narm-y. There's that treacly voiceover for starters, not to mention the endless references to 'doing it for love'. Hallmark moments occur at least once an episode. Such a bucketload of sentimentality really ought to be off-putting and yet somehow it just... isn't. (And even if you're terribly cynical and think that it might be, ''CTM'' always has the ultimate trump card of loads and loads of brand new real life babies. Watch it and weep.) The only seriously distracting thing is when Dr Turner goes off about some disease or the wonders of the National Health.

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* NarmCharm: ''Call the Midwife'' definitely contains a few elements that could be considered a bit... Narm-y. There's that treacly voiceover for starters, not to mention the endless references to 'doing it for love'. Hallmark moments occur at least once an episode. Such a bucketload of sentimentality really ought to be off-putting and yet somehow it just... isn't. (And even if you're terribly cynical and think that it might be, ''CTM'' always has the ultimate trump card of loads and loads of brand new real life babies. Watch it and weep.) The only seriously distracting thing is when Dr Turner goes off about some disease or the wonders of the National Health.)



** When Shealagh and Dr. Turner adopt their daughter, the social worker comments that the placement was last minute because the teenage birthmother's ''parents'' changed their mind about letting her bring the baby home ''after the baby was born.''

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** When Shealagh Shelagh and Dr. Turner adopt their daughter, the social worker comments that the placement was last minute because the teenage birthmother's ''parents'' changed their mind about letting her bring the baby home ''after the baby was born.''



* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: On Tumblr, there are a few fans who ship Nurse Barbara Gilbert with Trixie's former fiance, Rev. Tom Hereward, with the explanation that their personalities are better suited. Also, Barbara is a vicar's daughter, which might make her more understanding of the life of a curate than Trixie seemed to be. There have even been a few fanfictions featuring this ship. This shipping is despite the fact that in canon, Tom and Barbara have shared very few scenes together and have had no conversations of any substance. [[spoiler:Until the 2015 Christmas special, during which the two shared some adorably flirty moments and Tom couldn't seem to take his eyes off Barbara whenever they were in the same room. Does the fandom know their head writer, or what?]]

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* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: On Tumblr, there are a few fans who ship Nurse Barbara Gilbert with Trixie's former fiance, Rev. Tom Hereward, with the explanation that their personalities are better suited. Also, Barbara is a vicar's daughter, which might make her more understanding of the life of a curate than Trixie seemed to be. There have even been a few fanfictions featuring this ship. This shipping is despite the fact that in canon, Tom and Barbara have shared very few scenes together and have had no conversations of any substance. [[spoiler:Until the 2015 Christmas special, during which the two shared some adorably flirty moments and Tom couldn't seem to take his eyes off Barbara whenever they were in the same room. By the 2017 special, they were married. Does the fandom know their head writer, or what?]]
9th Mar '17 1:15:25 AM JahBulOn
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*** As a baby I was left to sleep, in a pram not dissimilar to the ones we see in CTM, on the front path looking out into the street. This was partly for the fresh air, partly because it decreased the likelihood of my waking up bumping up the steps and partly because I'd have something to look at when I woke. This was in the late 1960s.

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*** As a It was still not unusual in the late sixties for baby I was to be left to sleep, in a pram not dissimilar to the ones we see in CTM, on the front path looking out into the street. This was partly for the fresh air, partly because it decreased the likelihood of my the baby waking up bumping up the steps and partly partly, it was said, because I'd they'd have something to look at when I they woke. This was in the late 1960s.
8th Mar '17 6:33:40 AM JahBulOn
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*** As a baby I was left to sleep, in a pram not dissimilar to the ones we see in CTM, on the front path looking out into the street. This was partly for the fresh air, partly because it decreased the likelihood of my waking up bumping up the steps and partly because I'd have something to look at when I woke. This was in the late 1960s.
7th Mar '17 3:01:14 PM RoseAndHeather
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7th Mar '17 2:57:43 PM RoseAndHeather
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** Dr Turner prescribes thalidomide to a patient, since the side effects weren't known at the time, and she says she'll recommend it to all her friends. So the baby might be born with severe or even fatal birth defects ("[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide#Birth_defects_crisis Of the approximately 2,000 babies born with defects [in the UK], around half died within a few months]]"), or the mother's friends' babies if they end up taking it. Also, a few episodes earlier, we saw Dr Turner get really distraught after making a (reasonably fixable) medical mistake. If several babies are born with birth defects because of something he prescribed, he'd feel ''really'' guilty. And imagine all the hundreds of real-world doctors who were in that situation. [[spoiler: The impact of thalidomide ends up being one of the ongoing plot points of season 5.]]

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** Dr Turner prescribes thalidomide to a patient, since the side effects weren't known at the time, and she says she'll recommend it to all her friends. So the baby might be born with severe or even fatal birth defects ("[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide#Birth_defects_crisis Of the approximately 2,000 babies born with defects [in the UK], around half died within a few months]]"), or the mother's friends' babies if they end up taking it. Also, a few episodes earlier, we saw Dr Turner get really distraught after making a (reasonably fixable) medical mistake. If several babies are born with birth defects because of something he prescribed, he'd feel ''really'' guilty. And imagine all the hundreds of real-world doctors who were in that situation. [[spoiler: The impact of thalidomide ends up being one of the ongoing plot points of season 5.]]
series five and extends into the sixth as well.]]



* SheReallyCanAct: Miranda Hart had already demonstrated considerable range by this point, but in the episode where Nurse Noakes [[spoiler: nurses her dying mother]] she delivers a raw and heartbreaking performance.
7th Mar '17 2:41:58 PM Kyrillion
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* SheReallyCanAct: Miranda Hart had already demonstrated considerable range by this point, but in the episode where Nurse Noakes [[spoiler: nurses her dying mother]] she delivers a raw and heartbreaking performance.
21st Feb '17 9:04:48 PM fireheart
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* FairForItsDay: There are a handful of scenes on the show that depict practices or values that would not be acceptable nowadays, such as the chemical castration of male homosexuals, abortion being a criminal act, the use of shaving and enemas during childbirth (neither of which are used nowadays), the forced removal of children from unwed mothers or teenagers (eg Mary in the second episode) and infants being left outdoors. The show does however, attempt to show the midwives in a way that makes it clear that these values are not necessarily the most fantastic ones.
15th Jan '17 1:02:00 AM Rts1
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** Dr Turner prescribes thalidomide to a patient, since the side effects weren't known at the time, and she says she'll recommend it to all her friends. So the baby might be born with severe or even fatal birth defects ("[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide#Birth_defects_crisis Of the approximately 2,000 babies born with defects [in the UK], around half died within a few months]]"), or the mother's friends' babies if they end up taking it. Also, a few episodes earlier, we saw Dr Turner get really distraught after making a (reasonably fixable) medical mistake. If several babies are born with birth defects because of something he prescribed, he'd feel ''really'' guilty. And imagine all the hundreds of real-world doctors who were in that situation. [[spoiler: It ends up being one of the ongoing plot points of season 5.]]

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** Dr Turner prescribes thalidomide to a patient, since the side effects weren't known at the time, and she says she'll recommend it to all her friends. So the baby might be born with severe or even fatal birth defects ("[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide#Birth_defects_crisis Of the approximately 2,000 babies born with defects [in the UK], around half died within a few months]]"), or the mother's friends' babies if they end up taking it. Also, a few episodes earlier, we saw Dr Turner get really distraught after making a (reasonably fixable) medical mistake. If several babies are born with birth defects because of something he prescribed, he'd feel ''really'' guilty. And imagine all the hundreds of real-world doctors who were in that situation. [[spoiler: It The impact of thalidomide ends up being one of the ongoing plot points of season 5.]]
15th Jan '17 12:59:44 AM Rts1
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** Dr Turner prescribes thalidomide to a patient, since the side effects weren't known at the time, and she says she'll recommend it to all her friends. So the baby might be born with severe or even fatal birth defects ("[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide#Birth_defects_crisis Of the approximately 2,000 babies born with defects [in the UK], around half died within a few months]]"), or the mother's friends' babies if they end up taking it. Also, a few episodes earlier, we saw Dr Turner get really distraught after making a (reasonably fixable) medical mistake. If several babies are born with birth defects because of something he prescribed, he'd feel ''really'' guilty. And imagine all the hundreds of real-world doctors who were in that situation.

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** Dr Turner prescribes thalidomide to a patient, since the side effects weren't known at the time, and she says she'll recommend it to all her friends. So the baby might be born with severe or even fatal birth defects ("[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide#Birth_defects_crisis Of the approximately 2,000 babies born with defects [in the UK], around half died within a few months]]"), or the mother's friends' babies if they end up taking it. Also, a few episodes earlier, we saw Dr Turner get really distraught after making a (reasonably fixable) medical mistake. If several babies are born with birth defects because of something he prescribed, he'd feel ''really'' guilty. And imagine all the hundreds of real-world doctors who were in that situation. [[spoiler: It ends up being one of the ongoing plot points of season 5.]]
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