The BEST Episodes of Call the Midwife

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 2, 2019

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 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
307 votes
Directors: Darcia Martin
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 1

#2 - Episode 1

Season 8 - Episode 1

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 8.28
171 votes
Episode 8

#3 - 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 8.25
483 votes
Episode 8

#4 - 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 8.18
184 votes
Directors: Minkie Spiro
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 3

#5 - 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 8.18
501 votes
Directors: James Larkin
Writers: Carolyn Bonnyman
Episode 8

#6 - 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.

star 8.17
218 votes
Directors: Syd Macartney
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 5

#7 - 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 8.15
500 votes
Episode 8

#8 - Episode 8

Season 8 - Episode 8

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 8.14
137 votes
Directors: Kate Cheeseman
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 2

#9 - 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 8.13
277 votes
Directors: Syd Macartney
Writers: Harriet Warner
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 8.13
210 votes
Episode 6

#11 - 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 8.11
310 votes
Directors: Lisa Clarke
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 2

#12 - 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 8.10
457 votes
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 8.09
198 votes
Episode 3

#14 - Episode 3

Season 8 - Episode 3

Valerie helps a mother of five come to terms with her latest child's birth defect. The Turners oversee a measles vaccination trial at the clinic, but are concerned by an overly anxious first-time mother. They soon discover she is concealing a devastating loss, which could have serious repercussions. Nurse Crane decides to bring a taste of the seaside to Poplar for the Whitsun bank holiday, and Violet's political career goes from strength to strength as she wins the seat on the council for Poplar North.

star 8.09
163 votes
Episode 6

#15 - 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 8.08
471 votes
Episode 7

#16 - 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 8.08
230 votes
Directors: Syd Macartney
Writers: Andrea Gibb
Episode 1

#17 - Episode 1

Season 6 - Episode 1

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

star 8.08
512 votes
Directors: Sheree Folkson
Writers: Heidi Thomas
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 8.08
489 votes
Directors: James Larkin
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 2

#19 - 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 8.08
280 votes
Episode 7

#20 - 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 8.06
203 votes
Episode 6

#21 - 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 8.05
247 votes
Episode 7

#22 - 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 8.03
292 votes
Directors: Darcia Martin
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 1

#23 - 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 8.01
281 votes
Episode 6

#24 - Episode 6

Season 8 - Episode 6

Mother Mildred returns to Nonnatus while Nurse Crane is in hospital receiving treatment for her back. With help from Trixie, she provides care for a retired dock worker whose former job has taken its toll on his health, only to discover his son may be suffering from a more severe condition. However, her insensitive manner angers the family and they refuse to let her help them.

star 8.01
150 votes
Episode 7

#25 - 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 7.99
495 votes