The Best Episodes of Call the Midwife

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 8.39
262 votes
Directors: Darcia Martin
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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 8.29
421 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 8.28
157 votes
Directors: Minkie Spiro
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Episode 5

#4 - 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 8.23
430 votes
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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 8.22
436 votes
Directors: James Larkin
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Episode 2

#6 - 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 8.20
241 votes
Directors: Syd Macartney
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Episode 6

#7 - 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 8.19
273 votes
Directors: Lisa Clarke
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Episode 6

#8 - 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 8.19
164 votes
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Episode 8

#9 - 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 8.18
177 votes
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Episode 1

#10 - Episode 1

Season 6 - Episode 1

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

star 8.14
444 votes
Directors: Sheree Folkson
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Episode 7

#11 - 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 8.14
173 votes
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Episode 4

#12 - 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 8.11
423 votes
Directors: James Larkin
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Episode 6

#13 - 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 8.08
189 votes
Directors: Jayme Payne
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Episode 7

#14 - Episode 7

Season 3 - Episode 7

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 8.06
171 votes
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Episode 7

#15 - 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 8.05
426 votes
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Episode 7

#16 - 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
255 votes
Directors: Darcia Martin
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Episode 4

#17 - 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 8.03
162 votes
Directors: Juliet May
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Episode 8

#18 - Episode 8

Season 4 - Episode 8

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 8.03
174 votes
Directors: Darcia Martin
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Episode 5

#19 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 8.01
168 votes
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Episode 2

#20 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2

A new girl arrives Nonnatus House and finds it hard to earn the respect of Sister Evangelina. Jenny sees an unfamiliar darker side of life following an encounter with a runaway.

star 8.01
249 votes
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Episode 5

#21 - Episode 5

Season 5 - Episode 5

Turner and Shelagh are at the forefront of the advances in medical technology, and begin a campaign to ensure better respiratory health for their patients. However, Timothy fears their own lifestyle is not good for them and tries to encourage his parents to give up smoking. Violet injures her back and is forced to leave the shop in Fred's hands, a decision that strengthens their relationship but which proves to have other, unforeseen consequences. A new mother's past comes to light, with devastating repercussions for her family. Nurse Crane draws on her own experiences to help her.

star 8.00
259 votes
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Episode 4

#22 - Episode 4

Season 5 - Episode 4

Sister Julienne is seconded to a maternity ward, and is impressed by how modern technology is being used to help the mothers - but is left with a moral dilemma after assisting on a traumatic birth. A young man from Poplar is delighted to be accepted into university, but his mother is less than happy. His dreams are jeopardised when his girlfriend gets pregnant, a development that puts pressure on the whole family.

star 7.98
262 votes
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Episode 5

#23 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 7.98
157 votes
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Episode 3

#24 - Episode 3

Season 4 - Episode 3

The Nonnatus team rallies to support first-time parents Marie and Tony Amos when Tony is arrested for gross indecency with another male. Elsewhere, as Poplar is gripped by an outbreak of dysentery, Trixie undertakes her first official church duty since her engagement to Tom.

star 7.97
179 votes
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Episode 4

#25 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 7.97
190 votes
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