The WORST Episodes of Call the Midwife

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 30, 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 5

#1 - Episode 5

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 18, 2018

Rumours spread around Poplar that a sailor with smallpox is hiding somewhere in town. Nurse Crane and Dr Turner try to track him down before he causes an outbreak. Lucille treats an expectant mother on her own, but soon feels out of her depth when she displays signs of a serious medical condition. Trixie goes to stay with her godmother, Violet and Fred organise a picnic for the parish, and Tom and Barbara return home.

star 7.60
273 votes
Episode 5

#2 - Episode 5

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 10, 2019

Poplar welcomes a brand new cervical cancer-screening clinic to the Institute and Dr Turner (Stephen McGann), Shelagh (Laura Main) and Trixie (Helen George) are pleased to be part of the exciting new venture. One of their first patients is a young woman who is due to be married, but has never had a period. She has to be referred to St Cuthbert’s where she receives a diagnosis of a rare condition known then as Testicular Feminisation Syndrome. Trixie does her utmost to be supportive but the truth of the condition has larger repercussions than anyone could ever have imagined. The prospect of a new romance for Lucille (Leonie Elliott) brightens the mood at Nonnatus House and the husband of an expectant mother suffers with some inexplicable pains, similar to his wife’s pregnancy symptoms. Sister Frances (Ella Bruccoleri) faces her very real fear of public speaking when she is tasked with running her first Mothercraft session.

star 7.68
222 votes
Episode 7

#3 - Episode 7

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 24, 2019

Sister Frances panics when Mother Mildred insists that she attend her first solo birth before Nurse Crane returns, and Trixie treats a pregnant woman who discovers that she has gonorrhoea, a condition that could have serious implications for the health of her baby. The Turners try to persuade Violet to approve the formation of a Brook Advisory Centre, and Lucille looks forward to a second date with Cyril.

star 7.71
179 votes
Directors: Syd Macartney
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 6

#4 - Episode 6

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 17, 2019

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 7.79
188 votes
Episode 1

#5 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 15, 2012

Jenny Lee starts her career as a midwife at Nonnatus House in London. She is surprised to find that it is a nursing convent and not a hospital. Her first case is a woman existing her 25th child!

star 7.81
844 votes
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 3

#6 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 29, 2012

Jenny does some district nursing to extend her community practice experience and befriends an old soldier with awful leg ulcers. Trixie and Cynthia enrol Winnie Lawson as a new patient.

star 7.81
509 votes
Writers: Jack Williams
Episode 2

#7 - Episode 2

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 20, 2019

Lucille treats an elderly hoarder (Annette Crosbie) suffering from a malodorous leg ulcer, and fears that living surrounded by towering piles of rubbish, books and tins of food will have a serious effect on her recovery. Sister Hilda has a challenging case on her hands when a family newly arrived from Ghana are found to be suffering from an unidentified illness, and Violet runs for a place on the local council, but Fred is not convinced she can make a difference to the community, placing more faith in the Civil Defence Corps.

star 7.82
208 votes
Episode 2

#8 - Episode 2

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 26, 2014

Trixie's feathers are ruffled when Jenny is promoted, but the new Acting Sister has more to worry about after a mother-to-be reveals the baby she is carrying doesn't belong to her husband - and to complicate matters, the real father is black. Cynthia is inspired by a lecture on natural childbirth, convinced it will help an overly anxious patient, while Alec and his friends try to persuade Jenny to join them on a CND march.

star 7.82
440 votes
Directors: Juliet May
Writers: Harriet Warner
Episode 4

#9 - Episode 4

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 11, 2018

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 7.84
282 votes
Episode 3

#10 - Episode 3

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 31, 2016

A outbreak of typhoid erupts, and suspicion over who the carrier could be threatens to break apart a closely knit family. Sister Winfred faces a personal dilemma when a local teacher is revealed to be pregnant by a married man. When the woman takes matters into her own hands, Sister Winifred is forced to consider the role her own prejudices may have played. Meanwhile, Barbara inadvertently agrees to go to dinner with Tom, but is wracked with worry about how Trixie will react.

star 7.84
387 votes
Directors: Sheree Folkson
Writers: Carolyn Bonnyman
Episode 1

#11 - Episode 1

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 18, 2015

A chance encounter with an impoverished child forces Trixie to see an unfamiliar darker side of life. As Nonnatus House welcomes a new resident, Nurse Barbara Gilbert, Tom Hereward has a surprise romantic gesture in store for Trixie.

star 7.85
362 votes
Episode 4

#12 - Episode 4

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 8, 2015

The midwives face one of their busiest nights to date, whilst Sister Winifred concentrates her efforts on the prostitutes of Poplar. Elsewhere, cracks start to appear in Trixie and Tom Hereward's relationship.

star 7.87
294 votes
Episode 7

#13 - Episode 7

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 1, 2015

A pair of school friends are unexpectedly reunited in the delivery room, and a mix up results in complications for both. Meanwhile, Barbara helps an elderly couple in need of assistance, and Patsy's secret relationship with Delia pains them both.

star 7.88
270 votes
Episode 7

#14 - Episode 7

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 5, 2017

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

star 7.89
559 votes
Episode 1

#15 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 20, 2013

Jenny celebrates her birthday with Chummy and the girls, but soon after finds herself taking care of a patient in an abusive marriage.

star 7.89
505 votes
Episode 4

#16 - Episode 4

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 3, 2019

Sister Julienne is drawn into a conflict between an estranged mother and daughter, both of whom are pregnant. Nurse Crane visits a photographic gallery in Soho with Sgt Woolf, but the trip does not go to plan, and Sister Frances' shyness causes concern. Trixie's keep fit class is chosen to host a special event, but her star pupil is devastated to learn that she is pregnant.

star 7.90
196 votes
Episode 4

#17 - Episode 4

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 7, 2016

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 7.90
421 votes
Episode 4

#18 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 5, 2012

A baby girl is snatched from her pram and the local community unites for the search. Cynthia sees another sort of loss as she tends to soon-to-be parents David and Margaret.

star 7.91
537 votes
Directors: Jayme Payne
Writers: Esther Wilson
Episode 1

#19 - Episode 1

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 17, 2016

When a baby is born with severe deformities of the kind later identified as caused by the drug thalidomide, the midwives find it difficult to handle the situation, and the baby's father rejects her completely, to his wife's dismay. Trixie's new sideline as a keep fit instructor brings her into conflict with Sister Julienne, and she also becomes suspicious of the relationship between Barbara and Tom. Rather than return to Wales as her mother wishes, Delia moves into Nonnatus House.

star 7.92
424 votes
Episode 2

#20 - Episode 2

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 12, 2020

A woman is caught stealing milk from Nonnatus House, but she pleads for mercy from sisters Julienne and Monica Joan, explaining that she has been stealing milk as she is pregnant. As Sister Julienne learns more about her, she is convinced that this woman needs help becoming the mother she wants to be. Meanwhile, Dr Turner puzzles over a mysterious string of symptoms, and the blossoming romance between Miss Higgins and Sgt Woolf is thrown into jeopardy.

star 7.93
90 votes
Directors: Kate Cheeseman
Writers: Debbie O'Malley
Episode 1

#21 - Episode 1

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 5, 2020

Dr Turner and Nurse Crane must deal with an alarming outbreak of diphtheria. Fred finds an abandoned baby in a dustbin, and the team must help locate its mother.

star 7.94
94 votes
Directors: Kate Cheeseman
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 5

#22 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 12, 2012

When Peggy’s brother is diagnosed with cancer, Jenny and the nuns are called upon to care for him. Jenny gets to know the siblings better. The Nonnatus House residents get involved in Fred’s latest money-making scheme which involves a pig called Evie.

star 7.94
530 votes
Directors: Jayme Payne
Writers: Harriet Warner
Episode 3

#23 - Episode 3

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 19, 2020

Lucille is seconded to St Cuthbert's when a ward sister is off sick, but a lift malfunction sees her spend the evening with mother-to- be Connie instead of her planned rendezvous with Cyril. Nurse Crane tries to help a woman who is newly arrived from East Pakistan, while Shelagh enlists Violet, Trixie, Sister Frances and Valerie to put on a charity fashion show to raise money for the incubator fund.

star 7.95
80 votes
Directors: David O'Neill
Writers: Helen Raynor
Episode 4

#24 - Episode 4

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 12, 2017

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 7.96
554 votes
Directors: James Larkin
Writers: Heidi Thomas
Episode 1

#25 - Episode 1

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 22, 2017

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

star 7.97
578 votes
Directors: Sheree Folkson
Writers: Heidi Thomas