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A [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] series [[{{Showrunner}} created by Heidi Thomas]] and based on a trilogy of books by Jennifer Worth, ''Series/CallTheMidwife'' follows a group of [[TheFifties 1950s]] midwives working in London's poverty-stricken East End, and the nuns with whom they live. The series received a virtual confetti shower of glowing reviews praising everything from its gritty storylines to its handling of women's issues, with the ''Radio Times'' citing it as "[[http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-02-24/call-the-midwife-is-the-torchbearer-of-feminism-on-television the torchbearer of feminism on television."]]

Characters include [[NaiveNewcomer Jenny Lee]] (Jessica Raine), the lead character; Jenny's fellow nurses, clumsy but lovely [[HugeSchoolgirl Chummy]] (Miranda Hart), quietly sweet [[NotSoWeak Cynthia]] (Bryony Hannah), and bubbly glamour girl [[EveryoneLovesBlondes Trixie]] (Helen George); the nuns of Nonnatus House, spirited, saintly nun-in-charge [[TeamMum Sister]] [[SilkHidingSteel Julienne]] (Creator/JennyAgutter), snarky and hard-nosed [[BattleaxeNurse Sister]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Evangelina]] (Pam Ferris), gentle, young, dedicated [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold Sister]] [[TheReliableOne Bernadette]] (Laura Main), and possibly-senile, possibly-profound, elderly [[CloudCuckoolander Sister Monica Joan]] (Judy Parfitt); [[{{Handyman}} Fred]] Buckle (Cliff Parisi), the good-natured handyman; and [[TheMedic Dr Patrick Turner]] (Stephen [=McGann=]), the compassionate, widowed local physician who works with Nonnatus House, as well as the colourful characters who populate the district of Poplar. Later additions include [[{{Adorkable}} adorably dorky]] Sister Winifred (Victoria Yeates) and briskly lively Patsy Mount (Emerald Fennell).

The programme debuted in January 2012, and has recently aired its third series, with a fourth already confirmed.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}:
** Enormous glasses? Goofy smiles? Yep, Sister Bernadette definitely qualifies.
** Dr Turner, he of the questionable sartorial choices and inappropriate ties. Totally a dork, and totally freakin' adorable.
** Chummy and Constable Noakes count, especially during their courtship of each other. Just look at their dancing together!
* AdultFear:
** The entire plot of the fourth episode. [[spoiler:Not only is a couple's baby kidnapped from the pram, but the mother has to deal with malicious gossip that she secretly wanted to harm her child.]]
** And in the end, the person behind [[spoiler:the kidnapping? A teenage girl who, after being tricked into a life of prostitution, had her own baby taken and put up for adoption without her consent, leaving her to go insane all alone.]]
** The first episode has a mother of twenty-four children concuss herself just before going into labor. She's too confused to realize what the contractions are, so her husband does his best to keep her calm while she screams in pain. Meanwhile, her other children are clearly terrified and have no idea what's going on. [[spoiler:And then it looks like the baby is stillborn, though it thankfully begins breathing.]]
** When Shelagh and Dr. Turner adopt their daughter at the end of Season 3, the social worker comments that parents of the teenager mother ''changed their minds after the baby was born'' and said the mother couldn't bring her home. To clarify, the young mother was not given any choice and her own parents took her child away. Right up to the end, this poor girl must have thought she'd be bring her child home with her.
** Timothy Turner suddenly coming down with polio. By the time his father gets there, [[spoiler: he's trapped in an iron lung, and his stepmother is in hysterics. He does recover, though.]]
* AfraidOfDoctors: Meg & Mave Carter, of 2x03. And it isn't just doctors they hate; nurses, midwives, terrified medical orderlies bearing gifts...all personae non gratae. They'd much rather have tarot cards and a 17th century herbalist than any of your new-fangled nonsense. ([[SarcasmMode Strangely enough]], they change their minds after [[spoiler:Mave has twins, a post-partum haemorrhage and a near-death experience and only survives thanks to modern medicine]].)
** Mrs Jenkins in the first Christmas special also fits.
* AlternateContinuity: While many of the cases of the first two series are drawn directly from Jennifer Worth's memoirs, the television series is not a direct adaptation of the books, and aspects of the characters and their storylines have been changed.
* AnAesop: Mature Jenny is rather given to these. Lampshaded in the 2013 Red Nose Day special.
-->'''The Whole Cast''': NOT NOW, VANESSA REDGRAVE!!!
* AngerBornOfWorry: Sister Evangelina is quite prone to this trope. The more worried she is, the more she snaps.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Dr Turner manages a ''completely nonverbal'' one when he [[IKissYourHand kisses Sister Bernadette's hand]] after she's scraped it. Every moment they had shared before then could have been explained away, but with that gesture, everything changed and there was no turning back.
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: [[spoiler:Leaving her patient]] in 2x02 should have got Cynthia into a ''lot'' of trouble, and she was very lucky that [[spoiler:no tragedy occurred between her leaving and her backup arriving]], which meant that [[spoiler:the whole incident could be dealt with quietly]] by Sister Julienne. Even so, [[spoiler:her panic attack]] was completely understandable.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Sister Evangelina, despite sparring with her throughout the series, becomes distraught at the thought of [[spoiler: potentially losing Sister Monica Joan to pneumonia in the Series 1 finale, and nurses her back to health]].
* BasedOnATrueStory: To a degree somewhere in between {{Dramatization}} and VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory.
* BattleaxeNurse: Sister Evangelina, but the goodhearted variety. She doesn't ''enjoy'' hurting her patients, but she has absolutely no issues doing so if it's for the patient's own good -- and she doesn't have much sympathy for them, either.
* BechdelTest: Unsurprisingly, given the subject matter, ''Call the Midwife'' passes -- with every single episode, and usually within the first five minutes. To wit, a) there's a whole cast of named female characters with actual, distinct personalities who b) talk to each other, about c) subjects ranging from enemas to motorbike acquisition, via standards of housing provision and the will of God. Oh yes, and babies--and not their own babies as children they have or would like to have, but other women's babies as ''patients'' (and therefore exempt from the sometimes-included caveat that the women can't talk about babies, either). Men are definitely present, and a number of the ladies of Nonnatus House like to talk about them, but the real focus is on their relationships with each other and with the women they serve.
* BetaCouple: The HappilyMarried Chummy and Peter to Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette during the second series.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette, both incredibly kindhearted healers devoted to a common cause and very much cut from the same cloth. The [[UnresolvedSexualTension results]] are predictable. That whole 'nun' thing, however, proves a bit of a roadblock...
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Happens often. The most notable, though, is probably in Series 2, Episode 6, when [[spoiler:Julia Masterson gives birth across the corridor from her father on his deathbed; he dies with his newborn grandson in his arms.]]
** It actually becomes a plot point in Series 3 Episode 8, in which [[spoiler:Jenny]] weighs up the appeal of delivering babies and nursing the terminally ill, and leaves to take up a job doing the latter. Also in that episode, a baby's birth is juxtaposed with [[spoiler: the death of Chummy's mother]].
* BlackSheep: Chummy and [[spoiler: Sister Monica Joan]] are regarded this way by their respective upper class families, for working as midwifes in the East End, not mention Chummy marrying a policeman and [[spoiler: Sister Monica Joan]] becoming a nun.
* BlatantLies: "Well! That's all tickety-boo and marvellous!" says Dr Turner when he hears that Sister Bernadette is writing to everyone except him from [[spoiler:the sanatorium]]. Especially since he'd already sent her half a dozen letters. It doesn't take a genius to see that absolutely ''nothing'' is 'tickety-boo and marvellous' in his world, especially since he spends the entire scene doing what can be most charitably described as 'moping'.
* BloodFromTheMouth: This is what alerts Dr Turner to the fact that there's a tuberculosis epidemic in Poplar. He [[spoiler:manages to get the entire community an x-ray screening van to allow medical intervention before the disease turns fatal]], but it [[spoiler:gets personal]] when [[spoiler:Sister Bernadette is diagnosed with TB]]. Fortunately, [[spoiler:this was the age of antibiotics, and she lives]].
* BrandX: Averted, despite this being the BBC. In series two, episode one, a box of condoms is explicitly said to be a very reliable brand. The name on the box is very clearly Durex, which is still the UK's market leader in real life; it's actually genericised in much the same way Trojans are in the US, which is probably why it got past the BBC's ban on ProductPlacement.
** Horlicks (see below) is also a branded product, as are Babycham (Trixie's tipple of choice) and The Glenlivet (which Chummy mentions by name in the second episode). And Nivea, and Brylcreem...
* BritishAccents: Naturally, as the series is set in the East End of London, but the variety of accents on display, which are used to enhance characterisation and denote social class, are worthy of note --
** Sister Evangelina has a brisk south east London accent, which suits her no-nonsense demeanor. Nurse Cynthia has the same accent, although she is ''far'' more softly spoken.
** Sister Bernadette speaks with a very gentle, soft Scottish accent befitting her sweet character.
** Nurses Jenny, Trixie and Patsy all speak with a moderate, middle-class RP accent (Patsy's is a little more clipped and jolly-hockey-sticks; Trixie's is ''slightly'' forced), which provides great contrast with their cockney-accented clientele, and emphasises the palpable class ''chasm'' between nurse and patient.
** The same goes for Doctor Turner, who's ''very'' well-spoken, the effect heightened by being TheStoic (and MrExposition) as well.
** Chummy, as the most patrician of all the characters, speaks with a marvelous ''heightened'' RP accent, and peppers her dialogue with old-fashioned, typically [[IAmVeryBritish rah]] expressions like "what-ho", and "old bean", and refers to her mother as "mater" (characteristic of aristocratic children sent to boarding school, as Chummy was).
** Sister Julienne speaks with a soft, mostly-RP accent slightly influenced by her actress's West Country origins.
* BritishBrevity: Six episodes for the first series, eight for the second, plus a yearly [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Special]].
* BumblingDad: Dr Turner can come off this way sometimes, albeit in his own {{adorkable}} way. He manages to combine this at times with its polar opposite, the StandardFiftiesFather.
* CallForward: From the very first episode, referencing some technology that had not yet become widely available at the time:
---> '''Sr. Evangelina''': There are between 80 and 100 babies born each month in Poplar. Soon as one vacates its pram, another one takes its place. And thus it was, and ever shall be, until such time as they invent a magic potion to put a stop to it.
** As it happens, they invented that magic potion that very year--1957--but it wasn't approved for wide use for some time later.
* TheCastShowoff: Possibly the most understated use of this trope in the history of television. Sister Bernadette leads the hymns for prayer, and that's Laura Main, a trained soprano, actually singing. All the vocal solos are hers.
* CheshireCatGrin: [[SilkHidingSteel Sister Julienne]] has one. It's the smile she uses when she's oh-so-politely "[[ThatWasntARequest asked]]" someone to do something, and it basically says, "You are going to do this thing, and you are going to like it. ''Or else.''"
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Notably averted. Sister Julienne and her fellow nuns are Anglican. The Anglican Communion really does have religious orders like the one depicted; the Order of St. Raymond Nonnatus is Jennifer Worth's [[FictionalCounterpart fictional renaming]] of the Community of St. John the Divine.
* ChocolateBaby: A classic case [[spoiler: with the heartwarming twist that Ted, the husband, accepts what happened and dotes on his newborn son, even though the kid couldn't be any more obviously unrelated to him.]]
** And then a more typical case, with the awful twist that the husband is jealous and prone to violence. The mother wants to go away to have the baby, and the midwives agree. [[spoiler:She goes into labour too early, and the husband finds out. The baby is put up for adoption; the husband seems to take all this badly, but not [[DomesticAbuse as badly as feared]].]]
* ComfortFood: Well, Comfort Drink. Anything and everything can be solved or celebrated with a mug of Horlicks[[note]]a malted milk beverage similar to Ovaltine - both brands existed as rival products in the UK then and still do today[[/note]].
* CompositeCharacter: The Sister Bernadette of the television programme appears to also have elements of Novice Ruth, a character from the books who is not present in the adaptation.
* TheConfidant: Sister Julienne for Sister Bernadette, particularly during the second series. Unsurprising given that Julienne is essentially Bernadette's [[ParentalSubstitute mother figure]].
* CostumePorn: There are some nice dresses, but most of the characters are too poor to afford really lovely clothes. Well either that or they're nuns.
* CloudCuckoolander: Sister Monica Joan.
* CrazyCatLady: Mrs. Jenkins in the Christmas episode. Notably, once Sister Evangelina and Jenny are able to clean her up and persuade her to go to the doctor for her various medical problems, she becomes significantly more outwardly sane.
* CreepyPhysical: PlayedForDrama when Dr Turner has to conduct a physical on Sister Bernadette, with whom he is desperately (and mutually) in love, in order to [[spoiler:confirm her diagnosis of tuberculosis]]. The {{UST}} is incredibly thick, he has to open her dress and put his stethoscope on her bare skin, and all three hearts in that room -- his, Bernadette's, and Sister Julienne's -- are visibly breaking. Their desperate attraction only makes the situation worse, as not only can they not act on it due to Bernadette being a ''nun'', but [[spoiler:he is confirming a diagnosis that might very well be a death sentence]]. It's a true testament to how much he not only loves her, but ''respects'' her, that he is absolutely, 100% professional, despite the ridiculously powerful sparks flying between them.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Timothy Turner, Dr Turner's ten-year-old son.
** Sister Evangelina. ''All. The. TIME.''
* DefrostingIceQueen: Julia Masterson, from 2x06.
* TheDiseaseThatMustNotBeNamed: Defied. When [[spoiler:Chummy's mother]] is in her final illness, she mentions that people often refuse to mention its name. She more or less says that's for people with no backbone, says she has cancer, and says, "The beast is named."
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Apparently, Jenny can't stand shellfish. Also, Sr Monica Joan literally does not like Spam.
* DressedToHeal: Dr Turner. Becomes a plot point in 2x01 when the nurses [[spoiler:gossip about how his lab coat is always losing buttons]]. Sister Bernadette [[spoiler:[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness sharply orders them to "show more respect to Doctor, please]]," in the first overt clue of her feelings for him]]. The episode ends with [[spoiler:Bernadette carefully re-stitching the buttons]].
* DrinkOrder: Horlicks, of course, for everyone. The nurses also smuggle in small bottles of whatever they can into Nonnatus House, but Trixie has developed a fondness for Babycham sparkling perry, and Cynthia and Jenny join her (historically accurate; Babycham was very popular among young women in the late 50s). It also seems that both the nuns (on the rare occasions they tipple; it seems that whisky sours before carolling are a Nonnatus House tradition) and Peter Noakes like whisky.
* DrJerk: Mr Tracey, the surgeon at The London in 2x03. Portrayed somewhat sympathetically: he probably has Parkinson's, and that can affect temper.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Dear ''God''. After months of heartache, [[spoiler:a bout of tuberculosis, and the agony of love that couldn't be spoken as Bernadette was torn between her vows to God and the man she loved, all was said and settled in about sixty seconds on the side of a foggy English country road. She said yes before she even knew his first name]].
* EmotionallyTongueTied:
** Neither Sister Bernadette nor Dr Turner can put their feelings into words. Dr Turner's IKissYourHand (see below) is [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove a declaration in and of itself]], but Sister Bernadette is torn between her love for Dr Turner and her vows to God, and Dr Turner loves her far too much to speak of it when she is so obviously struggling. [[spoiler:Judging by the look on Sister Bernadette's face when she finally reads his letters while she's in the sanatorium, however, it seems that, at least in writing, he's un-tongue-tied himself.]]
** Jane, basically all the time, but especially with The Reverend Appleby-Thornton.
* EndOfAnAge: The show covers, or at least hints at, a lot of aspects that will change things irrevocably for the people of the East End, and indeed society in general:
** Some of the changes are good, such as the NHS, increased availability of painkillers that make birth much easier and the future invention of the Pill, allowing women at last to fully control their fertility, and thus their sexuality.
** Some will be disastrous, like the impending clearing of the East End and moving residents to council flats, the decrease in importance of midwives as the result of fewer births thanks to the Pill and, as outright stated in the show, the fact that fewer young women are choosing to become nuns each year, leading to the decline of nunneries.
* EnglishRose: Sister Bernadette stands out as an archetypal example (apart from being Scottish); modest, petite, SilkHidingSteel, gentle, fair-skinned blonde, and [[spoiler:after leaving the convent, a devoted wife and mother]].
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Bubbly, fun-loving glamour girl Trixie.
* EverybodySmokes: Pretty much all the characters (except, with one significant exception, for the nuns) have a casual smoke every so often -- it's even a bonding moment for Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette, who share a smoke after a particularly difficult delivery. He does seem a bit surprised when she takes him up on his offer, but it's likely that's only because he's never seen her (or, again, any of the nuns) smoke before. Justified, though, given the time period.
-->'''Dr Turner:''' We're like an officer and a sergeant the morning after the Somme! And that's not to say I see myself as the officer. [''takes a smoke''] I feel as though I should offer you one.
-->'''Sister Bernadette''': Just a puff.
-->'''Dr Turner''': Of this?
-->'''Sister Bernadette''': Quickly, just a wee one. [''takes a puff''] What kind are these?
-->'''Dr Turner''': [''watching her admiringly''] Henleys.
-->'''Sister Bernadette''': Oh, Henleys! I loved Henleys. They were the kind my father used to smoke. I used to sneak one out of his desk sometimes when I was about fourteen. [''hands back''] Thank you.
-->'''Dr Turner''': You've earned it.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: ''Everyone'' notices what's going on between Chummy and Constable Noakes. Except, unfortunately, the two people involved. Luckily, Sister Evangelina gets rather exasperated and solves the whole matter.
* FacialDialogue: Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette are past masters at this, saying volumes without speaking a word. Most notably, [[spoiler:when he asks her to marry him, her answer is completely nonverbal -- the word 'YES!' is blazing on her face]] to the point where words are entirely superfluous.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: [[spoiler:Shelagh gets one in the 2013 Christmas special, after a near-brush with a very neat but not at all bridal grey suit. Snow-white, poofy skirt, lace sleeves, a chiffon veil -- she ticks all the boxes.]]
** Averted for Chummy at the end of Series 1. After delivering triplets--and being forced to shed more and more of her uniform to clothe the babies--she wearily rides to the police station and informs Peter that under her coat, she is "practically naked." She calls her mother the next day to inform her that the wedding is on again. She also insists that the wedding dress be simple, "preferably Crimpline." Her mother asks if at least the wedding dress will be white, and she replies: "Sorry, Mater. No longer entitled."
* FascinatingEyebrow: Jenny Agutter's eyebrows deserve their own award for all the acting they do -- Sister Julienne can snark up a storm while her words are never anything less than unfailingly polite.
* FireForgedFriends: Jack was inveterately mean to Chummy until she helped his mother give birth in the second episode, relying on him for important duties. After that, he became her chief helper, particularly in the Cub Scout pack.
** Similarly, in Series 2 Episode 7, Mrs Bailey was extremely rude and racist toward Mrs Hyde, but when Mrs Hyde saved Mrs Bailey from a nasty fall and Mrs Bailey helped Mrs Hyde get to Nonnatus House when Sr Monica Joan's senility kept the actual midwives from showing up, they're shown to have substantially better relations.
* FirstNameBasis: [[spoiler:Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette, after their RelationshipUpgrade. Let it be noted that the ''first'' thing they bothered to establish after she'd been released from the sanatorium was that they are, in fact, absolutely certain they're quite desperately in love with each other. ''Then'' they told each other their first names -- Patrick and Shelagh]].
* FriendshipMoment: Quite a few between Dr Turner and Sister Julienne, who are not just colleagues but old and solid friends.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Earlier in the season 2 finale, Jenny makes a comment about liking the star cluster the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters, because she liked the idea of "a cluster of girls all clinging to each other in the heavens". Later, while [[spoiler:Chummy is having complications while in labour,]] seven of the Nonnatus women are silently knitting a quilt together while waiting for any news.
** A positive version in the Series 1 finale: When Chummy throws her bouquet after her wedding, [[spoiler:Trixie]] catches it. Of the other Nonnatus midwives (who aren't nuns), [[spoiler:Trixie is the next to find someone. Well, technically Jenny is, but he dies before he gets a chance to propose.]]
* FullyClothedNudity: Shows up from time to time, when one of the men (most typically Fred) runs into one of the nurses in their dressing gowns; there's also a rather amusing incident when Peter walks into the kitchen to complain about a nun holding up the bathroom while Trixie is in her dressing gown and wearing a thick layer of mask cream.
* GirlsNeedRoleModels: Stephen [=McGann=] has remarked that while his character (Dr Turner) plays an important role in the cast, he's quite peripheral to the core of the story, which is the relationships between the almost-entirely-female main characters. Despite being set in the 1950s, ''Call the Midwife'' has been hailed as "[[http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-02-24/call-the-midwife-is-the-torchbearer-of-feminism-on-television the torchbearer of feminism on television]]."
* GivenNameReveal: As the nuns chose their convent names when they joined, their birth names are almost never used in-series. So far, three have been revealed; based on the pattern, Sister Julienne's will likely be revealed in the fourth series.
** Sister Monica Joan's is [[spoiler:Antonia]].
** Sister Bernadette's is [[spoiler:Shelagh]].
** Sister Evangelina's is [[spoiler:Enid]].
* GodBeforeDogma: Sister Julienne and her fellow nuns live this trope, caring far more about helping their patients as best they can than about passing judgment on them. Sister Julienne in particular makes her opinion very clear when Jenny lets her upper-middle-class morality get in the way of doing her job, and that opinion can be charitably phrased as "Get over yourself."
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion:
** Averted with Nora Harding in the second series. The result is one of the most heartbreaking episodes to date, [[spoiler:although after a ''lot'' of heartache and suffering, [[EarnYourHappyEnding everything turns out all right]]]], largely thanks to a gut-wrenching performance by guest star Creator/SharonSmall.
** Mary the teenage prostitute leaves the life she was stuck in ''because'' she knew she'd be forced by her pimp to have an abortion. [[spoiler:Sadly, it doesn't turn out well even after she escapes and has her baby.]]
* GrandeDame: Chummy's "Mater" Lady Fortescue-Cholmondeley-Browne is the spitting image of a Grande Dame of the last era of their dominance. Made even more typical by virtue of being married to a former India Office official (Chummy was born in [[TheRaj India]]!) and very religious to boot.
** Sister Monica Joan gives every indication that she would be one of these were she not a senile nun.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Despite working for years in the worst slums of London's East End, young, lovely, devoted, soft-spoken Sister Bernadette remains as kind and hopeful as ever, her spirit shining as brightly as her seldom-seen golden hair. After enduring a crisis of faith over her calling when she falls in love with Dr Turner, she comes out of it [[spoiler:radiantly in love and determined to continue serving God as a wife, mother, and midwife]].
* HappilyMarried: A number of cases, most notably with the Warrens. The mother can't speak a word of English, the father can't speak a word of Spanish, they have twenty-four children with a twenty-fifth on the way, and their home is a complete mess, yet they still are madly in love.
* HeldGaze: Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette, particularly in the second series. Put those two in the same room and they can't seem to take their eyes off each other for more than ten seconds at a time! Taken up to eleven in the second series finale; they are actually, physically unable to tear their eyes away from each other for more than five seconds at a stretch, and those stretches are few and far between.
* HeroicBSOD: Mary, in the second episode, [[spoiler: when her baby is put up for adoption without her consent]].
* HiddenDepths: Not one character on this show is exactly what they appear at first glance, whether it's the seemingly soft-spoken Sister Bernadette's surprisingly sparkling wit or the outwardly frivolous Trixie's dedication to her profession. Basically, HiddenDepths is this show's bread and butter.
* HonoraryTrueCompanion: Dr Turner, to the nurse-midwives of Nonnatus. He's not ''quite'' One Of Them, as he's a doctor with different responsibilities, but he is still their firmest friend and is just as deeply committed to serving the residents of Poplar.
* TheHouseOfWindsor: Princess Margaret shows up (in a non-speaking role) in Series 3, Episode 1, to open the Poplar Community Centre.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Though not actually a ''schoolgirl'', Chummy fits the character archetype in every other way.
* InspiredBy: The memoirs of Jennifer Worth.
* IKissYourHand:
** After cleaning up a scrape on Sister Bernadette's hand, Dr Turner [[UnresolvedSexualTension gives in to his feelings for her]] and tenderly kisses her palm in an ''incredibly'' charged scene. The devoted nun jerks her hand away:
--->'''Turner''': I'm sorry. That was unforgivable.
--->'''Bernadette''': Who is it who decides what is forgivable or unforgivable?
--->'''Turner''': I think you know that better than I do.
--->'''Bernadette''': At this moment I only know that I'm not turning my back on you because of you. I'm doing it because of Him.
--->'''Turner''': And if I didn't accept that, I wouldn't deserve to live.
** Three episodes later, [[spoiler:Turner does it again -- this time after she says 'yes' to marrying him]]. For bonus points, [[spoiler:they're in the exact same place he did it last time]]. Only this time, [[spoiler:she's smiling]].
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Horlicks makes everything better... but sometimes that Horlicks needs a little something extra.
-->'''Cynthia''' ''to Trixie, shortly after [[spoiler:her near-rape]]'': Drink this ''*gestures to a mug of Horlicks*'' and I can either put some [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advocaat advocaat]] in it or fetch you a couple of aspirin.
-->'''Trixie''': Advocaat.
-->'''Jenny''' ''as Cynthia gets up to bring the advocaat'': And bring the whole bottle!
* [[HotForPreacher In Love With A Nun]]: Dr Turner falls head over heels for the kindest, sweetest, most good-hearted character in the entire cast, and she falls just as desperately in love with him. Unfortunately for them both, that character is devoted nun Sister Bernadette. Her struggle to choose between her vows and the man she loves is a major subplot of the second series.
* ImprobableFoodBudget: This is 1950s Britain. Nobody is rolling in money, least of all, as Sr Julienne likes to point out, the Convent. Nevertheless, its inhabitants eat like kings - all of the time. (Except Tuesdays, when Mrs B, the unseen housekeeper, has a well-deserved day off). The thing is, this trope might be averted; Mrs B might just be one of those amazing old-fashioned cooks who can produce incredible meals from absolutely nothing, which is hardly improbable given that she likely had a great deal of experience managing with what was probably a very limited budget during TheGreatDepression and then rationing during the war. They might also get a sizable amount of foodstuffs via donations. Or they might just be spending all their cash on food and that's why they can't take taxis, or have a water heater, or any of the other things Sr Julienne says they can't afford. Either way, these midwives eat a lot.[[note]]Also justified -- they cover eight square miles on bicycle, which is going to burn a ''lot'' of calories.[[/note]]
* IrishPriest: The Catholic priest in the second episode is Irish.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: The aforementioned Catholic priest has this to say about Fig Newtons:
--> It tastes like...treacle. Wrapped in a doormat.
* {{ITV}}: One second season episode features a star from ATV London (then the London weekend franchise holder), who is invited to judge a baby fair. [[spoiler: He also tries to rape one of the midwives]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sister Evangelina is, underneath it all, as kind as the rest of the nurses. Part of this is the fact that she comes from the same stock as the people Nonnatus House is serving, and therefore is naturally suspicious of those midwives who come from somewhat more privileged backgrounds than she does (let alone those, like Chummy, who come from ''massively'' more privileged backgrounds), thinking of them as dilettantes and unqualified for work in the trenches. However, once they've proven themselves, she softens up significantly.
* JewishMother: Mrs Rubin in Series 3, Episode 4 is a classic example. She even [[spoiler:drums up the courage to leave her flat]] to nag her daughter about the baby.
* JourneyToFindOneself: Though it doesn't involve travelling, [[spoiler:Sister Bernadette]] describes [[spoiler:her time in the sanatorium recovering from TB]] as this, calling it [[spoiler:her "wilderness"]]. It's this that [[spoiler:forces her to confront what she ''really'' wants from life]]; she calls it [[spoiler:her "test of what [she] felt"]] regarding [[spoiler:her blooming love for Dr Turner]]. In the end, [[spoiler:she decides to "open the window", leave the Order, and be with him]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Sister Bernadette]]''': I need your strength, Sister [Julienne]. I don't have enough of my own because I don't know if God's given me a window and I'm just staring out of it because I'm afraid to open it.
* LanguageOfLove: Len & Conchita Warren. He's from Poplar, she's from Spain. He speaks only English, she speaks only Spanish. This does not, however, stop them from [[spoiler: having 25 children together, most of whom are now old enough to provide a free translation service.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: Several by series composer Peter Salem, notably "In the Mirror" for Sister Bernadette and "The Letter" for the relationship between Sister Bernadette and Dr Turner. They can all be found on "Call the Midwife: The Album".
* LethalChef: Chummy, for all her skill as a nurse and in needlework, can't try to bake a pie without overcooking the filling or burning the crust.
* LongingLook: Dr Turner casts too many of these to count at Sister Bernadette. She's just as bad, giving him the calf eyes right back.
* LoveHurts: Oh, God. ''Poor'' Sister Bernadette! Dr Turner, too, to a (slightly) lesser extent.
* LoveTriangle: Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette are desperately in love with each other, but Sister Bernadette is torn between her love for Dr Turner and her love for (and more importantly, her vows to) ''God''.
* MayDecemberRomance:
** Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette. Stephen [=McGann=] is nearly two decades older than Laura Main, and the age gap between the characters is similar. Surprisingly, this provides absolutely no angst for the pair; they're a bit too busy worrying about her status as a ''nun'' to bother with the age gap, and [[spoiler:once she's decided he is exactly what she wants, neither of them have any interest in wasting time worrying about it]].
** Winnie in 1x03 who marries Ted, an older man she likes but doesn't love for the sake of her kids from a previous marriage, and Len and Conchita Warren.
* MeaningfulEcho: At the beginning of 2x05, Sister Julienne asks Sister Bernadette to "Change nothing. Go nowhere. Stay exactly as you are. I really don't think I can do without you." At the end of 2x06, after Sister Bernadette has been [[spoiler:diagnosed with tuberculosis]] and Sister Julienne is called away on a delivery but doesn't want to leave her, Sister Bernadette tells her gently, "Sister, if you continue with your work as normal, nothing will be out of sorts. Nothing will have changed."
* MeaningfulName:
** In-universe, the midwives give the goldfish one.
** Sister Bernadette, on multiple levels. First, there's 'Bernadette' -- like the saint whose name she took (and who, incidentally, is the PatronSaint of the sick and poverty-stricken), Sister Bernadette only speaks of [[LoveHurts her agony]] -- in this case when she's torn between her vows and the man she loves -- to her most trusted confidante, Sister Julienne. She also [[spoiler:comes down with tuberculosis (though not of the bone, and it's not fatal)]]. Secondly, [[spoiler:her birth name, which she [[MeaningfulRename returns to]] when she leaves the Order, is 'Shelagh', the Irish variant of Cecilia. St Cecilia is the patron saint of music. Sister Bernadette is the soloist for the nuns' plainsong]].
** The Warren family, with 25 kids all crammed into a normal-sized house. As a "warren" is a rabbit's den, it's apt.
* MeaningfulRename: When [[spoiler:Sister Bernadette calls Dr Turner]] after [[spoiler:she's been released from the sanatorium]], he [[spoiler:calls her 'Sister Bernadette'. She gently replies that she can't answer to that name any more]], as [[spoiler:she has decided to leave the Order]]. When they [[spoiler:finally meet on the side of the road and commit to each other, she reveals her pre-Order name for the first time as they upgrade to FirstNameBasis. His is Patrick, and hers is Shelagh]].
* MedicalDrama: Albeit one not (usually) set in a hospital.
* {{Meganekko}}: Sister Bernadette! Laura Main is adorable to begin with, but with the glasses? No wonder Dr Turner's so smitten! The nurses go positively giddy when she gets a new pair of frames at the beginning of the second series.
* MissingMom: Timothy Turner's passed away a few months prior to the start of series 1. The impact of this on his life and his relationship with his dad (Dr Turner, the local physician) is definitely not shied away from.
* ModelCouple: Tom Harewood and Trixie in Series 3. The dark, handsome curate and the glamourous (if coquettish--and by that point short-haired) blonde nurse. To quote ''Series/MadMen'' on the subject of a near-contemporary couple across the pond: "They look like they could be on [a] wedding cake." Sort of the opposite of Chummy and Peter.
* MoodWhiplash: Let's go from the horror of [[spoiler:a bloody back-alley abortion]] to [[spoiler:a cheerful fete]]! And that's just ''one'' example. However, as had previously been noted about ''Cranford'' (also written by Heidi Thomas), it never devolves into a melodramatic mess.
* MouthyKid: Timothy Turner is a mild example. He's quick to (accurately) point out [[ParentsAsPeople his dad's foibles]] and does plenty of snarking, but really does love him and want him to be happy.
* MrExposition: Do we need someone to deliver a quick, somewhat awkwardly-written explanation of a medical condition or to gush somewhat some awkwardly-written praises of some new wonderful thing the 50s welfare state has made possible? Dr Turner is your man!
* UsefulNotes/NationalHealthService: The nurses--whether or not in holy orders--are directly or indirectly employed by the NHS, as are all the doctors who appear. The arrival of the NHS and the changes it brings to the East End are a significant running theme in the series.
* NaughtyNuns: Wholly averted. Despite one of them being Jenny Agutter[[note]]aka She Who Has Got Naked In Six Films To Date[[/note]] and another one [[spoiler:running off with the local GP]], the ''Call the Midwife'' nuns are definitely of the serious, non-fetishised variety. The long habits, sensible shoes and actual prayers are a dead giveaway.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Played around with. What's absent from ''Call the Midwife'' isn't so much romance as sex. The show is absolutely full of the consequences of said act -- be it babies, syphilis, abortion...you name it, ''Call the Midwife'' features it, usually in wince-inducing detail -- but crucially, almost none of the main characters are engaging in it. Probably [[TruthInTelevision Truth in Television]] here, since it's set in the 1950s and the main characters are almost all young single women or, erm, nuns. The effect is heightened by the fact that most romantic subplots (and they do exist, as demonstrated by this series page...) seem to go to shy secondary characters; not so much AllLoveIsUnrequited as All Love is Tentative, Chaste, or Happening Offscreen. Airing on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC One]] before the {{Watershed}} also limits what can be shown. It's not a bad thing -- it's actually rather sweet -- but it is noticeable in a show that's all about reproduction. Seriously, the closest we get is [[spoiler:Chummy becoming pregnant]] in the second series, and even then, [[spoiler:she's already HappilyMarried, and we ''still'' don't get more than a kiss from her and Peter]].
* NoodleIncident: Sister Julienne mentions an incident in which "four young men were found in the broom cupboard at St Thomas's". Who they were, what they were doing there, and what happened next is never explained, mostly due to the fact that Sister Julienne and Sister Evangelina are laughing too hard to speak and nobody else knows what happened.
* NostalgicNarrator: Listed as Mature Jenny, voiced by Vanessa Redgrave.
* NotSoStoic:
** Sweet, gentle Sister Bernadette always does her best to put a brave face on things, but when she's forced to confront her feelings for Dr Turner, she's brought to tears twice over. Luckily for her, Sister Julienne is there for her both times.
** Sister Julienne is moved to tears exactly once; when she [[spoiler:has to say goodbye to Bernadette, who is leaving the Order to marry Dr Turner]]. It's never been more clear that as far as Julienne is concerned, [[spoiler:Bernadette]] is the child of her heart.
* NunsAreFunny: Sometimes, especially [[TheComicallySerious Sister Monica Joan]]. Sister Julienne also has her moments, as she's an accomplished DeadpanSnarker -- the words never come out of her mouth, but her face speaks volumes. And finally, Sister Evangelina's no-nonsense style leads to a good number of snarks.
* NunsAreSpooky: Jenny is bit freaked out when she first arrives, but this is averted mostly.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: No one is quite sure how sane Sister Monica Joan actually is. This becomes a plot point in the last episode, where it's revealed that she is a [[spoiler: kleptomaniac]].
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette go up against a group of them in their efforts to get a tuberculosis screening van to Poplar. The bureaucrats [[spoiler:lose. Spectacularly]].
* OfficialCouple: Chummy and Peter in the first series, Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette in the second.
* OhCrap: When Winnie gives birth in 1x03, she's been suffering from a quiet but prolonged case of this, and it becomes clear why as soon as her son is born; [[spoiler: he's ''black.'' Cynthia, Trixie and Dr Turner silently but clearly share the 'oh crap' reaction, but surprisingly Winnie's husband, Ted, accepts the baby without comment and with a lot of joy.]]
* TheOneGuy: Doctor Turner and Fred the handyman take turns at being this.
* OneHeadTaller: Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette. It is ''adorable''.
* OneOfOurOwn: [[spoiler:Sister Bernadette]] comes down with [[spoiler:tuberculosis]], devastating all of Nonnatus House -- [[spoiler:especially Dr Turner, who makes the initial diagnosis ''and'' drops her off at the sanatorium]].
** A second example occurs when [[spoiler:Chummy's labour starts to go horribly wrong, and she almost bleeds out.]]
** Another comes in the second Christmas special, when [[spoiler: Dr Turner's son, Timmy, comes down with respiratory polio and is temporarily forced into an iron lung]].
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Chummy is called "Chummy" by pretty much everyone, except when she's "Nurse Browne". Only [[spoiler:her husband]] Peter calls her "Camilla".
* OverlyLongName: Camilla Fortescue Cholmondeley Browne. [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Everyone calls her "Chummy."]]
* OvertookTheSeries: The first two seasons exhausted the source books, so the third season will do this.
* PanickyExpectantFather: Inevitable.
* ParentalSubstitute: Sister Bernadette lost her mother when she was very young, so it's not surprising that, while Sister Julienne is the TeamMum to pretty much all of Nonnatus, her interactions with Bernadette are far more overtly maternal -- she's obviously stepped in to fill that gap over the years. They may call each other "sister", but that's not how they see each other. This really comes to the fore during the second series. The 2013 Christmas special all but makes it explicit: when [[spoiler:Shelagh walks down the aisle to marry Dr Turner, Julienne is sitting in the front left pew of the church, in the seat closest to the centre aisle -- the place reserved for the mother of the bride]].
* ParentsAsPeople: Dr Turner really does love his son, and really does try his best -- but being a single dad while working full-time as an on-call physician is not the easiest thing in the world, resulting in a lot of missed parents' nights, fish-n-chips for dinner, constantly running late, etc. [[MouthyKid Lampshaded]] by Timothy himself whenever he gets the chance.
* ParentWithNewParamour: Dr Turner, the doctor who works with the nurse-midwives of Nonnatus House, was widowed prior to the start of the first series. Then he fell desperately (and mutually) in love with Sister Bernadette. His son, Timothy, adores her and is [[spoiler:so on board with their romance that in a roundabout way ''he'' winds up doing the proposing]]; see ShipperOnDeck.
* PickyEater: Despite the ImprobableFoodBudget at Nonnatus House, Sister Monica Joan finds plenty to complain about. Foodstuffs she objects to include swiss roll ("I cannot excite myself about a fatless sponge"), ginger nuts ("...and we are faced with ginger nuts, AGAIN") and avocado pears ("On reflection, I would rather have had spam"). She also (quite literally) DoesNotLikeSpam. In fact, she only really seems happy when in possession of her TrademarkFavoriteFood, cake, which she will go to almost any lengths to get.
* PlayingATree: In the Series 2 Christmas special, the parish Nativity play Chummy organizes (as leader of the Cub Scout pack) ends up with too many players after combining the Cubs with the Brownies to put on a better show for the Mayor of Poplar (who's dropping in). Seeing this, Chummy decides to personify the gifts of the Three Wise Men and have an awfully large number of sheep.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Although the rampant poverty in the 50's is not skirted over, no characters remark when a pregnant woman reveals that not only is the child not her husband's, the father is black. This was at a time when casual racism was very widespread in Britain, and most people had very conservative attitudes towards marriage. Her husband not saying anything is justified as he is desperate to have a child, as both of them are getting older, and does not mind if it not his.
** An aversion of this occurs S2 Ep7 when the show portrays the cruel and racist treatment of a Jamaican immigrant woman by her neighbors (they insist that Jenny "come to us first"), although one of the neighbors eventually comes round and helps the Jamaican woman when she goes into labor (in part because the Jamaican woman had saved her--and presumably her baby--from a fall down the poorly-maintained stairs).
* PortmanteauCoupleName: The pairing of Sister Bernadette and Dr Turner has officially been christened "Turnadette". Also, [[spoiler:"Shulienne"]] seems to have been adopted for [[spoiler:the Shelagh/Julienne [[ParentalSubstitute mother-daughter]] relationship,]] if fanfiction.net is anything to go by.
* PreppyName: Ahem: Camilla Fortescue Cholmondeley-Browne. If her name was any posher, it'd have a seat in the Lords. (Not Chummy. Her name.)
* PresentDayPast: The Girls' Brigade feature fairly frequently in the show - but they weren't called that until 1964 (when the English, Scottish and Irish organisations merged), being known in England as the Girl's Life Brigade at that this time. In fairness, the change at the 1964 merger was in part a recognition of a fairly common shortening of the full name.
* PrettyInMink: When Princess Margaret arrives to see the center, she is wearing a light brown mink cape.
* {{Pride}}: Wounded pride (from being called a stuck-up bitch) keeps Mrs. Margaret Jones in Series 1, Episode 4 from seeing the nurses. This prevents the diagnosis of her eclampsia, and both she and her baby die.
* PutOnABus:
** Chummy, who goes off to do missionary work for a while. In her case, however, it's made clear at the start that she'll be coming back.
** In episode 2x05, Sister Evangelina is literally put on a bus to go on holiday and then doesn't appear for the rest of the episode.
** Jane is put on a bus beginning with the 2013 Christmas special. A cut line of dialogue from Sister Julienne reveals that she's gone to nursing school.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The [[spoiler:demolition of Nonnatus House]] was due to Barnet council deciding to redevelop the area where the show was filmed.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sister Julienne, the TeamMum who leads Nonnatus House with kindness, compassion, and [[SilkHidingSteel unquestioned authority]].
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler:Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette in 2x08]], ''finally''.
* TheReliableOne: Sister Bernadette, who blessedly gets some more screen time in the second series.
-->'''Sister Bernadette''': What can I do to help, Sister?
-->'''Sister Julienne''': Change nothing. Go nowhere. Carry on exactly as you are. I really don't think I can do without you.
* SaintlyChurch: This programme may very well be the single most positive depiction of Christianity to hit the airwaves in the last decade, largely thanks to the nuns' selfless GodBeforeDogma service of the residents of Poplar. Even the storyline where [[spoiler:Sister Bernadette is torn between her calling and her love for Dr Turner is played out not as Bernadette turning her back on her vows, but as God having a different plan for her life]].
* SarcasmBlind: Sister Monica Joan is, as a result of her senility. This typically manifests in a failure to understand the [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]] of Sister Evangelina.
* SecondLove: [[spoiler:Sister Bernadette]] for [[spoiler:Dr Turner]].
* ShakingHerHairLoose: When the young nurses go off to a dance in the first series, Sister Bernadette wistfully watches them go, then returns to her room, removes her veil and cap, and unpins her hair, letting it fall around her shoulders, obviously reflecting on the sacrifices she's made for her calling and wondering what might have been if she'd not taken holy orders. This is ''very'' early foreshadowing (the fourth episode of the programme!) of her storyline in the second series, where she's torn between her vows and her love for Dr Turner.
* SheCleansUpNicely:
** Jane, in 2x04. Too bad the context is [[TearJerker so sad...]]
** 2x08 sees [[spoiler:Sister Bernadette ''finally'' ditch the habit after leaving the Order. When she's in modern fashions with her hair all done up, Dr Turner visibly has the breath knocked right out of him. Then asks her to marry him -- although he was planning that bit before he saw her]]. Note, though, that [[spoiler:she was still ''in'' the habit in 2x05]], when [[spoiler:he was so overcome with his feelings for her that he gave in and kissed her hand quite passionately]] -- clearly, [[spoiler:the habit wasn't much of a roadblock]].
* ShellShockedVeteran: Alan Bridges in the second Christmas special. Originally a "[[SoldiersAtTheRear reemy]]" mechanic in UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, the [[ChineseWithChopperSupport Chinese]] advanced on his unit's position so fast and [[WeHaveReserves in such large numbers]] that he was forced to fight with bayonets. He comes back unable to sleep for more than an hour at a time and smelling blood almost constantly.
** Also, apparently, Trixie's father (who served in [[UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}} Mesopotamia]] in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI).
* ShipperOnDeck:
** Some of the nuns enjoy a spot of matchmaking. Sr Evangelina clearly ships Chummy/Peter with all the fire of a thousand suns and even goes so far as to [[spoiler: set up their first date]]. Meanwhile, Sr Bernadette not only wants all the gory detail from Chummy, but also goes out of her way to make sure that [[spoiler: Jane and the Reverend Appleby-Thornton]] spend as much time together as possible. Amusingly, it's implied they do it for very different reasons: Sister E just can't take any more [[LongingLook Longing Looks]] and explicitly states that the whole thing makes her 'glad [she] took vows'. Sister B, on the other hand, is definitely living vicariously -- especially since she can't, at that point, say anything about her feelings for Dr Turner. She's quite clearly making sure that those two have their happy ending, and it's all the more important to her because she thinks she can't have her own.
** Later on, Sr Julienne seems to like the idea of Trixie with Tom Harewood--although it's quite subtle and could easily be interpreted as either (a) needling or (b) nothing at all.
** Timothy Turner ships his dad with Sister Bernadette so much that [[spoiler:he's the one who ends up doing the proposing, in a manner of speaking; when Dr Turner asks her, he does so with a ring box wrapped in paper, on which Timothy had written, "Please will you marry my dad?" She was lost for words, but her face said everything]].
* {{Showrunner}}: Heidi Thomas, who also writes most of the episodes herself.
* ShoutOut: This is [[Series/{{Cranford}} not the first time]] Heidi Thomas has written about a passionate, dedicated doctor falling in love with a [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold devout young woman]] who [[spoiler:becomes critically ill]].
* ShrinkingViolet: Jane. [[CharacterDevelopment She gets better]].
* SilkHidingSteel: Sister Julienne. Proper, ladylike, a ''nun'', and capable of making any character in the series do exactly what she wants with nothing more than a few words, an eyebrow, and a [[CheshireCatGrin polite smile]].
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: ''All over'' this programme; every successful and happy romance on this show falls in this category.
** Chummy, with Peter.
** [[spoiler:Jane]], with [[spoiler:Rev. Appleby-Thornton]].
** [[spoiler:Sister Bernadette]], with [[spoiler:Dr Turner]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: More towards the cynical side, but still somewhat idealistic. The East End is full of terrible, terrible things (poverty, disease, abuse, filthy living conditions, prostitution, enormous families...) but there are people willing to attempt to make living there possible (such as the midwives).
* SlummingIt:
** Chummy isn't concealing her upper class origins, but seems to view them as being unimportant to her current situation. Her mother disagrees.
** [[spoiler: Sister Monica Joan]] is revealed to come from a fairly well-off family, as well (although, being a nun, almost no one knew this). Then again, [[spoiler:even ''she'' forgets it at times.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: [[spoiler:Former-Sister Bernadette's first name is pronounced "Sheila", but spelt "Shelagh", per WordOfGod. No surprise there; "Shelagh" is the traditional Scottish spelling, and it would appear from her accent that, [[ActorSharedBackground like Laura Main]], she is Scottish.]]
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler: Trixie]] apparently has a touch of this- [[spoiler: when she was a child, she helped her ShellShockedVeteran father cope via her bubbly personality.]]
* StickyFingers: Sister Monica Joan.
* StiffUpperLip:
** Chummy, during the breech pregnancy. This has previously been established as being incredibly dangerous and incredibly difficult for a midwife to do (and Chummy herself mentioned fainting the last time she saw one) but Chummy is able to explain calmly and clearly to the mother everything that needs to be done, hiding her own fear masterfully.
** This is Sister Julienne's ''modus operandi''. It doesn't matter what gets thrown at her, she keeps calm and carries on while barely blinking an eye. Upon encountering a day which consists of, among other things, a prenatal clinic, a community tuberculosis X-ray screening, a BirthDeathJuxtaposition, and [[spoiler:''her own Sister Bernadette being diagnosed with tuberculosis'']], while she's visibly fraying at the edges, she holds it together, manages with cool competence, and merely has this to say:
--->'''Sister Julienne''': O Lord, You are having a very, ''very'' busy day.
** Sister Bernadette does her level best to meet everything thrown at her with a smile and a kind word. [[spoiler:Including her tuberculosis.]]
** Patsy is a prime exemplar, to the point where she comes across as outright unfeeling. She isn't; as it turns out [[spoiler:she had this reinforced by the horrible cruelty inflicted on her and her family in a Japanese internment camp]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Patsy''': In the hell I grew up in, it was what you ''did'' that mattered, not some show of sentiment and emotion.]]
* TheStoic: A number of pregnant patients are unusually subdued during labour; the biggest example, though, has to be Julia Masterson (Series 2 Episode 6), who is almost ''completely silent'' except for the heavy breathing and a few grunts.
** Within the regular cast, Dr Turner is always on an even keel even when he is in serious (usually emotional) anguish (e.g. when he hasn't heard from [[spoiler:Sister Bernadette]]).
* SurvivorGuilt: Julia Masterson in Series 2, Episode 6, the only one of her father's seven children not to die of TB (which took her mother as well). She explicitly tells her dad, "I'm sorry I'm the one who didn't die."
* TakingTheVeil: The nuns of Nonnatus House all feel the religious life is their vocation; even [[spoiler:Sister Bernadette, who leaves the Order to get married, is incredibly conflicted, and it's possible she'll have some sort of relationship with the Order later on (potentially as a Third Order sister)]]. On the other hand, Chummy, a devout Anglican, seriously considers joining the Order when her mother tries to shoot down her plans to marry Constable Noakes; she thinks better of it, and instead marries Peter and takes a six-month trip as a midwife-missionary in Sierra Leone.
* TalkativeLoon: Sister Monica Joan, at times.
* TeamMum: Sister Julienne mothers everyone at Nonnatus who isn't Sister Evangelina and is generally responsible for holding everyone together through any number of crises.
* TeenPregnancy:
** An intensely tragic one, with Mary.
** Also the case with [[spoiler:Lynette.]]
* TheyDo: Chummy and Peter. [[spoiler:Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette.]]
* TimeCompressionMontage: ''Call the Midwife'' loves a good montage. It might be a GoodTimesMontage (2x05 has a ludicrously cute fete-preparation one), a FallingInLoveMontage (witness [[spoiler:Jane and the Reverend Appleby-Thornton]] in 2x04) or even a TrainingMontage (watch Constable Noakes, the poor man's Rocky Balboa, in 2x02). The type and the mood vary from episode to episode, but insanely catchy 50's pop songs appear to be compulsory.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Chummy and Constable Noakes - when they're seen on the street together, the top of his ''helmet'' barely reaches her forehead. At one point, the midwives and their respective beaux all go out to a local dance hall, where Noakes attempts to spin Chummy on the dance floor. Given that she's a good six inches taller than he, the maneuver looks passing ridiculous.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Cake, for the nuns. Sister Monica Joan is the main offender here and will demolish any quantity of cake on sight. The others, however, are clearly not immune, as they go to a good deal of trouble to hide it from her. Jenny Lee's first introduction to Nonnatus House is Sr Monica Joan finding the coconut cake that Sr Evangelina has hidden inside a saucepan. Sr E is Not Pleased, and it is implied that this is not an isolated incident. Cake goes on to feature in almost every episode; notable mentions include Srs Julienne & MJ's spat over a plate of spotted dick [[note]] Get your mind out of the gutter. It's a traditional British pudding. And also not strictly cake, but it definitely counts. [[/note]] and Sr Bernadette's expression of pure rapture in 2x08, when she [[spoiler: gets an almond sponge from Mrs B. Sr MJ sadly ate its friend, the cherry slab.]]
* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: A bit of foreshadowing: in 3x06, the Doyles are a Belfast couple who eloped to London because he was a Catholic and she a Protestant and their respective families wouldn't let them get married. [[spoiler:They technically aren't married at the beginning of the episode, and have an argument about whether they should have a church wedding (her position) or a civil one (his); they eventually agree to do a civil wedding, but he returns the favor when their son has trouble breathing after being born, and promptly runs for Tom Harewood, the (Anglican, i.e. Protestant) curate, to baptise him immediately in case the worst happens.]]
* TrueCompanions: The nurses/midwives of Nonnatus House. The young nurses and Sister Bernadette are like sisters, with Sister Julienne as the TeamMum, Sister Evangelina as the cranky-but-good-hearted aunt, Fred as the wacky uncle, and Sister Monica Joan as the eccentric grandmother.
* TwiceShy: Chummy and Peter. Sister Evangelina eventually gets so annoyed with it that she summarily takes care of the whole matter.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Sister Bernadette and Doctor Turner, to the point where it is actually painful.
* TheVicar: The Rev. Appleby-Thornton displays the stereotypical eccentricity--in his case, amiably not knowing when to shut up. Later, we find out [[spoiler:the good Reverend's incessant talking is actually a coping mechanism--[[AwfulWeddedLife his parents hated each other]], and kept utter silence at meals, leading him to fill it because the quiet was unbearable.]]
** The curate, Tom Harewood, is something of a subversion; he's the very model of a handsome, modern, actually-with-it young [=CoE=] cleric of the age--the kind who just a few years later would be utterly bewildered by what had changed.
* WhamLine: "This... has ''my'' name on it." That's [[spoiler:Sister Bernadette]], looking at [[spoiler:an x-ray that's positive for tuberculosis]].
* WhosYourDaddy: With a surprisingly happy ending.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes:
** Insects, for Jenny.
** Fish, for Trixie, which proves a problem when she's a midwife to a fishmonger's wife -- and it's a home delivery. Luckily, the mum-to-be is more than understanding, confiding to Trixie that she "feels the same way about chickens."
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: The Jewish family in Series 3, Episode 4: when the little girl is born, the younger woman tells her mother, "You've become a bubbe!" Justified in that they're actual Yiddish-speakers and quasi-Holocaust survivors (they hid in a cellar, but never saw the camps)--so really it's more like Yiddish as a First Language.
* YouMustBeCold: When Dr Turner [[spoiler:finds Sister Bernadette on the side of a foggy country road after she's been released from the sanatorium (she'd caught the wrong bus), he wraps her up in his overcoat and then he ''does not let go'', holding it closed around her while they're busy admitting that oh, yes, they're quite desperately in love with each other and they're both absolutely certain they want to spend their lives together. While [[HeldGaze never looking away from each other's faces]]. ''Then'' they get round to telling each other their first names]].
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Mary is [[spoiler: 15]].