The Best Episodes of Call the Midwife

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2018

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 8

#1 - Episode 8

Season 5 - Episode 8

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 8.35
296 votes
Directors: Darcia Martin
Writers: Heidi Thomas
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Episode 8

#2 - Episode 8

Season 6 - Episode 8

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 8.27
465 votes
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Episode 8

#3 - Episode 8

Season 3 - Episode 8

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 8.20
182 votes
Directors: Minkie Spiro
Writers: Heidi Thomas
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Episode 3

#4 - Episode 3

Season 6 - Episode 3

A Chinese first-time mother faces an unexpected crisis, while new legislation and Sister Ursula cause serious problems for Shelagh and Dr. Turner.

star 8.19
482 votes
Directors: James Larkin
Writers: Carolyn Bonnyman
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Episode 7

#5 - Episode 7

Season 7 - Episode 7

Barbara's condition is not improving and she is kept in isolation at the hospital, leaving her friends able to do nothing but wait for more news. Dr Turner and Shelagh assist a man being held in a remand home whose wife is pregnant, while Lucille makes some new friends.

star 8.19
203 votes
Directors: Syd Macartney
Writers: Andrea Gibb
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Episode 5

#6 - Episode 5

Season 6 - Episode 5

Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit; a vulnerable young man captures the hearts of Fred and Violet, while the whereabouts of Sister Mary Cynthia causes distress among the team.

star 8.18
479 votes
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Episode 8

#7 - Episode 8

Season 7 - Episode 8

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. Last in the series.

star 8.18
192 votes
Directors: Syd Macartney
Writers: Heidi Thomas
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Episode 2

#8 - Episode 2

Season 5 - Episode 2

Barbara treats a pregnant woman whose dockworker husband is struggling to support her as opportunities for work dry up. She is forced into a difficult decision that leaves Barbara facing the biggest test of her career. Nurse Crane meets a kindred spirit when she learns to speak Spanish, and Sister Evangelina helps a woman with breastfeeding, leading to unforeseen consequences.

star 8.17
267 votes
Directors: Syd Macartney
Writers: Harriet Warner
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Episode 6

#9 - Episode 6

Season 7 - Episode 6

Barbara helps a pregnant mother-of-two whose husband has recently died, and is on hand to give her support when a further tragedy drives her and her children from their home. Lucille teaches a health and relationships class at the youth club, only to encounter a furious mother who objects to her daughter attending. Sister Monica Joan goes into hospital for cataract surgery.

star 8.17
222 votes
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Episode 8

#10 - Episode 8

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 8.16
208 votes
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Episode 2

#11 - Episode 2

Season 7 - Episode 2

Valerie's friend Marjory goes into labour while Lucille is on duty, and the new recruit successfully delivers the baby. However, when Marjory's health takes a turn for the worst, her racist mother Mae accuses Lucille of incompetence. The nurses rally round to protect their new colleague, and convince her that she is welcome in the community. Sister Winifred comes up with a plan to get fathers more actively involved in their wives' pregnancies - but finds that very few of the local men are keen on the idea.

star 8.15
244 votes
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Episode 6

#12 - Episode 6

Season 5 - Episode 6

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
300 votes
Directors: Lisa Clarke
Writers: Heidi Thomas
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Episode 6

#13 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 8.13
190 votes
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Episode 2

#14 - Episode 2

Season 6 - Episode 2

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

star 8.12
432 votes
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Episode 1

#15 - Episode 1

Season 6 - Episode 1

The team reunite but all is not well when a change of management shakes up Nonnatus House.

star 8.11
492 votes
Directors: Sheree Folkson
Writers: Heidi Thomas
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Episode 7

#16 - Episode 7

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 8.10
199 votes
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Episode 6

#17 - Episode 6

Season 6 - Episode 6

Valerie Dyer oversees the care of an expectant Somali woman and is shocked when she uncovers a troubling aspect of this unfamiliar culture; and the Nonnatus family unites to provide the very best care for Sister Mary Cynthia.

star 8.09
455 votes
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Episode 4

#18 - Episode 4

Season 6 - Episode 4

An expectant mother buckles under the strains of pregnancy. As Tom provides pastoral care, he reveals why this case has touched him more than most.

star 8.09
467 votes
Directors: James Larkin
Writers: Heidi Thomas
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Episode 1

#19 - Episode 1

Season 7 - Episode 1

A new midwife joins the team as the area is rocked by power cuts and blizzards. The new arrival is delayed by the weather and falls ill as soon as she arrives. However, she is quickly dragged from her sick bed to assist with a difficult birth. Nurse Crane and Dr Turner treat an elderly cancer patient who faces losing her house due to slum clearances, and try to convince Sergeant Woolf to allow her to die at home.

star 8.06
249 votes
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Episode 7

#20 - Episode 7

Season 5 - Episode 7

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 8.05
284 votes
Directors: Darcia Martin
Writers: Heidi Thomas
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Episode 4

#21 - Episode 4

Season 7 - Episode 4

Sister Julienne helps a woman from Pakistan who is unable to have children, but who has found to her shock that her husband is bringing a second wife into their home, who is already eight months pregnant. Trixie hits the bottle following her break-up with Christopher, Dr Turner tries to persuade Sister Monica Joan to admit that her eyesight is failing, and Lucille helps a woman with a compulsion to eat coal.

star 8.04
216 votes
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Episode 6

#22 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 8.02
218 votes
Directors: Jayme Payne
Writers: Heidi Thomas
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Episode 3

#23 - Episode 3

Season 7 - Episode 3

Nurse Crane and Trixie investigate when a mother abandons her children at the clinic, fearing they were being abused or neglected. Her husband admits that she has been behaving strangely lately, and when she is referred to a neurologist by Dr Turner, the truth proves devastating for the whole family. Christopher admits that Alexandra has been unhappy since his divorce, and Violet and Fred organise a beauty contest to raise money for charity. Valerie and Magda both sign up and quickly become close friends - leading to the sharing of a terrible secret.

star 8.02
229 votes
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Episode 7

#24 - Episode 7

Season 6 - Episode 7

Dr. Turner helps a family cope with the stresses of caring for a child with disabilities; and Nurse Crane faces an unexpected crisis.

star 8.01
478 votes
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Episode 4

#25 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4

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 7.99
186 votes
Directors: Juliet May
Writers: Gabbie Asher, Heidi Thomas
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