The BEST Episodes of Call the Midwife

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2020

Network: BBC One

Call the Midwife is a drama series adapted for television by Heidi Thomas from Jennifer Worth's best selling memoir of the same name. The series is a colourful look at the world of midwifery and family life in 1950s East End London. Jenny joins an eccentric community of nursing nuns having just qualified.

Episode 6

#1 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 24, 2013

Doctor Turner is concerned by the spread of tuberculosis in the community, Jenny tries to repair a father and daughter's fractured relationship, and Sister Bernadette receives devastating news.

star 8.73
352 votes
Episode 7

#2 - Episode 7

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 3, 2013

Cynthia has to administer daily insulin injections to diabetic John Lacey, a bully who consistently belittles his wife Annie. When Annie’s beloved son Bob pays a visit, Annie gains the confidence to start to turn her life around. Jenny looks after a black mother to be, Monique, who is subjected to racial prejudice from her neighbours.

star 8.68
416 votes
Episode 8

#3 - Episode 8

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 9, 2014

Jenny is assigned to first-time mother Jeanette, who requires frequent visits during a protracted labour, and when she meets her patient's cousin, Philip, a new friendship begins to grow for the midwife. Meanwhile, Chummy worries about her mother's illness when she discovers Lady Browne has discharged herself from hospital.

star 8.57
394 votes
Directors: Minkie Spiro
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 8

#4 - Episode 8

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 10, 2013

The convent comes under threat of demolition. Fred's pregnant daughter and her young son come and stay with him. Jenny is wooed by a new love interest. Chummy and PC Noakes prepare for the arrival of their baby.

star 8.56
425 votes
Episode 5

#5 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 17, 2013

Nonnatus House prepares for the annual summer fête, but when a baby show is announced, the girls must find a host for the proceedings. Meanwhile, a patient of Jenny's puts her life at risk, and Sister Bernadette remains troubled.

star 8.53
416 votes
Episode 1

#6 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 19, 2014

After the closure of Nonnatus House, the nuns and midwives finally move into their new premises. Sister Winifred arrives from the Mother House. Jenny is worried about new mother Merle’s mental state and the welfare of her baby who isn't feeding properly. Dr Turner is worried that it could be something more serious.

star 8.47
421 votes
Directors: Thea Sharrock
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 6

#7 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 19, 2012

When Chummy's imperious mother visits and disapproves of Peter Noakes, Chummy defies her mother and has her wedding on her own terms. Senile Sister Monica Joan is arrested for shoplifting.

star 8.44
474 votes
Directors: Jayme Payne
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 3

#8 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 3, 2013

Jenny is seconded to a short-staffed hospital in London, but grows increasingly reluctant to carry out her duties when she finds out she is working under intimidating surgeon Mr Tracey. Back in Poplar, the midwives are introduced to newcomer Jane and outspoken twins Meg and Mave Carter. The sisters are identical in every way, except one of them is now pregnant - forcing them to come to terms with the impact a baby will have on them.

star 8.42
462 votes
Directors: Roger Goldby
Episode 8

#9 - Episode 8

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 6, 2016

Dr Turner is horrified to realise he may be partly to blame as the cause of the recent rise in birth deformities comes to light, and tries to prevent further cases. Sister Evangelina returns to work, but has clearly been affected badly by her stroke, and her health continues to deteriorate. A pregnant bride goes into labour during her wedding reception, while her mother is forced to come to terms with her grandchild being conceived out of wedlock.

star 8.37
368 votes
Directors: Darcia Martin
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 1

#10 - Episode 1

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 13, 2019

As spring arrives, Nonnatus House welcomes two new nuns, the experienced Sister Hilda and newly qualified Sister Frances, who must acclimatise to the changing East End. A complicated multiple birth tests the skills of some of the midwives to the limit, but Trixie has to face her fears and Valerie deals with a shocking case that arrives unexpectedly.

star 8.25
207 votes
Episode 7

#11 - Episode 7

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 2, 2014

Sister Julienne calms an anxious new mother who has put her baby in danger. Jenny, seconded to The London, is impressed with the facilities, but soon begins to see cracks in the establishment. 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.

star 8.24
442 votes
Episode 4

#12 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 10, 2013

A friend of Chummy's, Reverend Applebee-Thornton, comes to stay at Nonnatus House and soon gets on everyone's nerves. Meanwhile, Jenny and Sister Evangelina deliver a baby with spina bifida, and Sister Bernadette plays matchmaker.

star 8.24
464 votes
Episode 6

#13 - Episode 6

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 9, 2020

At the Turners, Shelagh receives a phone call from the Hong Kong adoption agency, which has the alarming news that someone from May's past has arrived in the UK and wants to see the little girl. Meanwhile, Valerie's cousin Maureen is heavily pregnant and hoping her baby will be born on Thursday, the same date as her father and grandfather. However, her due date isn't so soon and keen to bring on the birth, Maureen takes a big risk by secretly taking castor oil - with potentially disastrous consequences.

star 8.24
38 votes
Directors: Noreen Kershaw
Writers: Carolyn Bonnyman
Episode 4

#14 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 9, 2014

Jenny has an eventful few days, starting with a patient who as well as having herself to worry about, is also struggling to cope with her mother, an agoraphobic who hasn't been outside for at least 12 years. On top of that, Alec asks the midwife to accompany him to Brighton for the weekend, leaving her wondering if his intentions are strictly honourable. However, things soon take a tragic turn. Meanwhile, Shelagh joins the local choir to take her mind off her problems.

star 8.23
374 votes
Directors: Juliet May
Writers: Gabbie Asher, Heidi Thomas
Episode 4

#15 - Episode 4

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 26, 2020

Sister Julienne volunteers to put up four trainee doctors at Nonnatus House while they undertake the practical aspect of their obstetrics diploma, hoping the exercise will remind the council how vital the home is to the community and help remove the threat of demolition. There is a lot of excitement about the new arrivals and the doctors don't disappoint. On his CDC rounds, Fred comes across a street marked for demolition, with one house clearly showing signs of life.

star 8.20
55 votes
Directors: David O'Neil
Writers: Paul Walker
Episode 8

#16 - Episode 8

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 12, 2017

An unexpected turn of events leads to a hastily arranged wedding; Shelagh finally goes into labor; and the arrival of the birth control pill leads to unforeseen consequences.

star 8.16
543 votes
Episode 8

#17 - Episode 8

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 11, 2018

As the nurses and midwives of Nonnatus House prepare to celebrate Sister Monica Joan's birthday, they face an influx of new patients when a nearby maternity home suddenly closes, leaving many expectant mothers in urgent need of support. Lucille treats a woman whose father has a long-hidden secret he feels he cannot hide any longer, while Tom and Nurse Crane struggle to move forward with their lives.

star 8.15
221 votes
Directors: Syd Macartney
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 6

#18 - Episode 6

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 21, 2016

Poplar is rocked by a series of violent attacks on women, and a prostitute is too ashamed to report what she knows - but her actions lead to a dangerous man roaming the streets, with devastating consequences for the residents of Nonnatus House. A mother tries to keep her daughter's pregnancy a secret to avoid gossip, putting her life in danger. The Turners go on a long overdue holiday, but the weather ruins their plans.

star 8.15
400 votes
Directors: Lisa Clarke
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 5

#19 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 16, 2014

The nuns and midwives are busy preparing for Sister Evangelina's surprise jubilee celebrations, marking 50 years since she took her vows, but a face from the past threatens to ruin the party for the guest of honour. It's back to business when a young woman with Down's syndrome is brought in feeling unwell. To everyone's surprise, they discover she is six months pregnant, causing some of them to think the worst, and the staff are joined by new nurse Patsy, whose sense of humour and no-nonsense attitude make her an instant hit.

star 8.14
404 votes
Directors: China Moo-Young
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 5

#20 - Episode 5

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 2, 2020

Sister Frances is at a loss when she cares for diabetic and recovering cancer patient Albert Calthorpe whose fiercely independent wife Grace refuses to accept further help, despite caring for her husband, her elderly mother and her pregnant daughter. Meanwhile, Violet is given two tickets to new hit film The Sound of Music and decides to raffle them off with all proceeds going to the incubator fund, while Timothy, Angela and May want to give their parents a night off, but they're not sure how.

star 8.14
57 votes
Directors: Noreen Kershaw
Writers: Jonathan Harvey
Episode 3

#21 - Episode 3

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 2, 2014

Sister Julienne receives an SOS from Holloway Prison, whose usual maternity workers have been struck down by illness, and when she and Trixie step in to help, the nun puts her reputation on the line to prevent a heavily pregnant convict having her unborn baby taken away by social services. Shelagh faces heartache when a routine pregnancy check reveals something far more serious, Alec has a confession for Jenny and Fred takes the gang to the theatre to celebrate Chummy's birthday - only for the trip to end in disaster.

star 8.12
414 votes
Directors: Juliet May
Writers: Liz Lake
Episode 8

#22 - Episode 8

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 3, 2019

Shelagh organises a ballroom dance to raise money for the maternity home, in the hope of taking her mind off May's impending adoption. A terminally ill patient laments that she will not get the chance to dance one last time, but Sister Hilda is determined to make sure she does. Fred suffers an embarrassing condition, and cannot bring himself to see Dr Turner, while Nurse Crane is discharged from hospital and tries to play matchmaker between Sgt Woolf and Miss Higgins. Valerie and Trixie are called to testify in a court case. Last in the series.

star 8.12
173 votes
Directors: Kate Cheeseman
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 7

#23 - Episode 7

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 28, 2016

The introduction of the contraceptive pill is welcomed by Dr Turner, but some of his colleagues are less keen on the idea. Patsy tries to help a bargee who wants to give birth among her own community rather than in a maternity ward. Nurse Crane deals with an emergency during a storm, and a familiar face returns to Nonnatus House - but has been changed by her time away.

star 8.10
382 votes
Directors: Darcia Martin
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 2

#24 - Episode 2

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 29, 2017

An explosion at the docks brings heartache to the people of Poplar, whilst Sister Ursula continues to ruffle feathers with her unpopular decisions.

star 8.10
458 votes
Episode 8

#25 - Episode 8

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 8, 2015

Trixie and Sister Mary Cynthia help a deaf-and-dumb woman, and Barbara has a baffling case. Meanwhile, Fred's daughter arrives from Birmingham and interferes with his and Violet's engagement, and Delia has a proposal for Patsy.

star 8.09
267 votes
Directors: Darcia Martin