Call the midwife 2018

CALL the Midwife, the hugely popular BBC series, is set to wind down its eighth season.

Here’s what you need to know about the show, including what time it’s on BBC One tonight.

4 Call the Midwife is back for another series on the BBCCredit: BBC

When is Call the Midwife on TV?

The eighth season of Call the Midwife finishes up TONIGHT (Sunday, March 3) at 8pm on BBC One.

It airsat the same time as Top Gear on BBC Two, as well as clashing with the Endeavour season 6 finale on ITV.

The series featured eight hour-long episodes and has been shown at the same time each week.

If you want to catch up on previous seasons, they are available on Netflix, while Call the Midwife season 8 can be watched on catch-up via BBC iPlayer.

4 Helen George will be back playing Nurse TrixieCredit: BBC

What is Call the Midwife about? What happens in series 8?

Call the Midwife is a BBC drama series about a group of midwives working in the east end of London in the 1950s and 1960s.

They are based at the fictional nursing convent Nonnatus House in Poplar district carrying out nursing and midwife duties.

The show is based on the memoirs of the same name by Jennifer Worth.

Series 8 sees the return of Nurse Trixie (Helen George) who left Poplar to live in Italy as she battled her alcoholism.

This new series will also welcome FOUR new cast members including Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes.

She is joined by Fenella Woolgar, who plays Sister Hilda, Ella Bruccoleri as postulant Sister Frances and Georgie Glen as Miss Higgins, the surgery’s new receptionist.

4 Jenny Agutter returns as Sister JulienneCredit: BBC

Who’s in the cast of Call the Midwife?

The team behind the BBC One ratings giant have banned Miranda Hart from rejoining the cast after she let them down at the last minute last year.

Jenny Agutter plays Sister Julienne

Jenny is a veteran British actress of stage and screen and is best known for her roles as Roberta in the 1970 film The Railway Children, Jessica 6 in Logan’s Run and Nurse Alex Price in An American Werewolf in London.

In recent years she has starred as Tessa Phillips in the BBC spy drama series Spooks and Councilwoman Hawley in The Avengers and Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Linda Bassett plays Nurse Phyllis Crane

Linda’s television credits include Lark Rise to Candleford and Grandma’s House and she starred as downtrodden wife Ella Khan in the film East is East.

Helen George plays Nurse Beatrix ‘Trixie’ Franklin

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Helen is best known for her role as the glamorous midwife.

She took part in the thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, was paired with Aljaz Skorjanec and finished in sixth place.

Cliff Parisi plays Fred Buckle

Cliff is best known for his role as Minty Peterson in EastEnders, which he played from 2002 to 2010.

4 Cliff Parisi and Stephen McGann are also back for the series eightCredit: BBC

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Stephen is one of a family of acting brothers including Joe, Paul and Mark and starred as Sean Reynolds in Emmerdale from 1999 to 2002.

A veteran of the stage, he has starred in productions including Blood Brothers, Art and Footloose.

He is married to Call The Midwife writer Heidi Thomas.

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The first look at series 7 of hit BBC show Call the Midwife

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  • Fans of feel good BBC drama series Call the Midwife are counting down the days until Season 8.

    The close of Season 7 left audiences across the UK heartbroken following the death of much-loved nurse Barbara Gilbert to septicemia.

    And now viewer’s hopes rest on a brighter beginning for the residents of Poplar and the nurses, midwives and Sisters of Nonnatus House for Season 8.

    One thing we’ve learned from Series 1-7 is that Call the Midwife never shies away from addressing important issues in whichever time period it is set – from the thalidomide scandal to the challenges faced by immigrants making a new life in London.

    On the flip side there’s also plenty of love and laughter added into the mix – and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that there’s a new romance and plenty of fun times on the cards in Season 8!

    As the start of the series draws ever closer, here’s everything you need to know about Call the Midwife Season 8.

    When does Call the Midwife season 8 start?

    Finally, the official start date for Call the Midwife season 8 has been announced – and it’s much sooner than we expected.

    The next season will begin in just over a week’s time, on Sunday 13th January! The exciting news was unveiled alongside a short, 30-second trailer, which gave an insight into how the residents of Poplar are getting on at the opening of the series.

    And it looks as though there’s plenty more of the brilliant, heart-warming stories we love, with Violet Buckle declaring, “I want to make Poplar a place that feels like home to all her residents, old and new.”

    It’s Official!! Call the Midwife Series 8 will premiere on @BBCOne on Sunday 13th January!! Only a few weeks to wait!! #callthemidwife 👍👍👍 🚑👶🍼😍😍 pic.twitter.com/KLA8zu2S0K

    — Call The Midwife (@CallTheMidwife1) January 2, 2019

    There’s also a royal celebration to look forward too in the first few episodes of Season 8. It starts in the spring of 1964, with the whole of Poplar filled with excitement over the impending birth of Prince Edward, the Queen’s newest baby at the time. Violet Buckle even throws a Teddy Bears’ Picnic with the proceeds of a competition on whether the Queen will be welcoming a daughter or son.

    What is the plot of Call the Midwife season 8?

    Of course, the plot of the show – in terms of the patients the nurses treat – changes from episode to episode, and season eight is no different. But now, creator of the show Heidi Thomas has revealed that one episode of the next season addresses some very topical issues.

    According to the Daily Mail, Heidi revealed that in one storyline, “We meet a young woman who on the eve of her marriage discovers she’s a hermaphrodite. And that isn’t just a medical story, it’s about questions of identity – who are we, who do we think we are, what does it mean to have a female body?’

    Helen George, who plays Nurse Trixie, also praised the storyline, explaining that while it feels ‘modern’, these sorts of issues were prevelant in the 60s, when the show is set.

    She said, “With my modern eyes it felt like a modern storyline. But of course that’s what we’re dealing with in the early 60s… it brings together the medical side with the emotional turmoil that she has to face.”

    So what else will be going on in season eight?

    Over at Nonnatus House things are as hectic as ever, with the two new midwives getting used to their surroundings and the introduction of new midwifery bags.

    All this change seems to have an impact on Sister Monica Joan who makes her escape from Nonnatus House.

    Nurse Crane is also on tenterhooks as she awaits the progress of a twin delivery, but she is confident the team can handle what’s to come.

    The cast of the show have been teasing fans with some behind the scenes snaps from Season 8, and it looks like there is a lot to look forward to.

    It seems that there are some emotional times ahead for Shelagh Turner…

    Behind the scenes on #callthemidwife series 8: The right words. https://t.co/QbK3wMoGR2 pic.twitter.com/vXuiLgg1pp

    — Call The Midwife (@CallTheMidwife1) October 1, 2018

    Sister Julienne also looks very reflective. Does she have a lot on her mind?

    Behind the scenes on #callthemidwife series 8: Beyond the habit https://t.co/BSmRww9EU9 pic.twitter.com/WITdzRFf0D

    — Call The Midwife (@CallTheMidwife1) July 15, 2018

    60s fashion is also in full swing…

    Behind the scenes on #callthemidwife series 8: @JenniferKirby08 and @Leonie_Elliott enjoying summertime 1964! ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/Nis542Pjtl

    — Call The Midwife (@CallTheMidwife1) June 28, 2018

    But come what may the residents will still be gathering around the dinner table for a meal and a catch up…

    Countdown to #callthemidwife: the table prepared… https://t.co/ShIv3eLiHT pic.twitter.com/1hbuWc6GPj

    — Call The Midwife (@CallTheMidwife1) October 31, 2018

    Call the Midwife Cast: Season 8

    As well as the return of some season regulars, we will also see some brand new faces. Actress Miriam Margoles – most recently known for the role of Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series – will play Sister Mildred a ‘forthright and indefatigable’ who arrives unexpectedly at Nonnatus House with four Chinese orphans in tow.

    Two more midwives will also be brought in to bolster the forces at Nonnatus House after several departures. Ella Bruccoleri (Genius: Picasso, The Last Kingdom) will play Sister Frances, while Fenella Woolgar (Victoria & Abdul, Harlots and War & Peace) will play Sister Hilda.

    Georgie Glen (Waterloo Road, Damned) also joins the cast as Miss Higgins – a new receptionist at the surgery.

    Also returning are:

    Helen George as Nurse Trixie Franklin

    Leonie Elliott as Nurse Lucille Anderson

    Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie Dyer

    Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis Crane

    Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan

    Victoria Yeates as Sister Winifred

    Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne

    Laura Main as Shelagh Turner

    Stephen McGann as Dr Patrick Turner

    Max MacMillan as Timothy Turner

    Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle

    Annabelle Apison as Violet Buckle

    Daniel Laurie as Reggie Jackson

    Trevor Cooper as Sergeant Woolf

    This story is utter nonsense! We’d welcome Miranda back with open arms. pic.twitter.com/lGDclP7m61

    — BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) July 24, 2018

    Producers on the show have also teased that the door is always open for Miranda Hart – aka Camilla “Chummy” Fortescue – to make a return to the series, tweeting the above earlier in the year.

    Fans will be sad to hear that Barbara’s on-screen husband Reverend Tom Hereward (Jack Ashton) will not return for Season 8 as the duties of missionary life call.

    When does the Call the Midwife Christmas Special: Season 8 air?

    Season 8 will kick off with a Christmas Special airing in December.

    And now, new pictures of the highly-anticipated episode have been released, revealing a first look at the three ned additions to the midwives of Nonnatus House.

    The most notable new character is Miriam Margoyles, as Sister Mildred – looking slightly stern, we must say! She’s joined in the image by two other newbies, Sister Frances and Sister Hilda, played by Ella Bruccoleri and Fenella Woolgar.

    In a second, newly-released snap, fans have been treated to a familiar image, with the much-loved Fred dressed up as Father Christmas, accompanied by his wife Violet and his cousin Reggie. It’s a very festive season – and it’s definitely put us in the Christmas mood!

    In past seasons, the Christmas episode has normally aired on Christmas Day around 8pm, and 2018 may well continue this trend, though exact details haven’t been confirmed.

    In the episode the Sisters of Nonnatus House are leaving for a spell at the Mother House, leaving midwives – including Trixie – to hold the fort.

    And as the midwives balance readying themselves for the festive season with the needs of expectant mothers in Poplar, a knock on the door reveals the arrival of a surprise party of Sister Mildred and four orphans.

    It materialises that the orphans were abandoned in Hong Kong and have journeyed thousands of miles to be adopted in the UK as part of the World Refugee Project.

    Over at the Mother House there’s more drama in store. The Order’s Mother Superior has taken ill and as the election process gets underway for her successor it soon becomes clear that the ever-reliable Sister Julienne is the candidate of choice – much to her shock.

    Call the Midwife episodes: Season 8

    There are a total of eight episodes in Call the Midwife Season 8, which starts in January 2019. The episodes will be an hour long, as normal, with the Christmas special included.

    CALL The Midwife fans were left in floods of tears as series seven came to an emotional end tonight.

    It was an uplifting finish following last week’s heartache which saw Nurse Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) die from meningitis complications, with old favourites Trixie (Helen George), Chummy (Miranda Hart) and Barbara herself making an appearance in a projection of happier moments.

    6 Miranda Hart made a brief cameo in tonight’s Call The MidwifeCredit: BBC

    The clips flickered in front of a hall packed with people celebrating Sister Monica Joan’s birthday.

    There was one final reminder at the loss of Barbara when the camera showed a toy carousel resting atop her grave. The significance of the toy not lost on fans who remembered her riding a real life merry-go-round just a year ago on her wedding day.

    Viewers were left sobbing in front of their TV screens, with many flocking to Twitter to share their praise for the programme and to express their sadness now that a hole will be left in their Sunday night viewing.

    “OMG @CallTheMidwife1 @Charitchie @Jackjashton what are you doing to me, that was a beautiful ending to a wonderful but sad series, I was an emotional wreck by the end of that episode, #RIPBarbara you will be missed 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭.

    6 Helen George was another old favourite to returnCredit: BBC

    “#callthemidwife has had me in tears tonight, such a beautiful end. My heart has been filled on a Sunday night. ‘Even when the heart falls silent we do not cease to be because in the end we all become memories’ @CallTheMidwife1 @BBCOne 👶🏼💖👜.

    “I can’t believe that @CallTheMidwife1 is finished for another 9 months but am I suppose to do 😢😭.

    “Perfect way to deal with the death of a major character, that. A really good, nourishing episode about grief and death generally. Ace. #callthemidwife.

    “Once again @CallTheMidwife1 broke me…there are no adequate words😭😭 How many days is it until Christmas? #callthemidwife.”

    6 Nurse Barbara was seen riding a carousel on her wedding dayCredit: BBC 6 The clips flickered in front of a hall packed with people celebrating Sister Monica Joan’s birthdayCredit: BBC

    OMG @CallTheMidwife1 @Charitchie @Jackjashton what are you doing to me, that was a beautiful ending to a wonderful but sad series, I was an emotional wreck by the end of that episode, #RIPBarbara you will be missed 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

    — Emma Barnes (@Emz2456) March 11, 2018

    Perfect way to deal with the death of a major character, that. A really good, nourishing episode about grief and death generally. Ace. #callthemidwife

    — Jack Seale (@jackseale) March 11, 2018

    call the midwife was so emotional tonight i can’t wait for the next series :’)

    — lyd (@lost_legacies) March 11, 2018

    #callthemidwife has had me in tears tonight, such a beautiful end. My heart has been filled on a Sunday night. ‘Even when the heart falls silent we do not cease to be because in the end we all become memories’ @CallTheMidwife1 @BBCOne 👶🏼💖👜

    — Rebecca Broad (@Rebecca_Broad) March 11, 2018

    Once again @CallTheMidwife1 broke me…there are no adequate words😭😭 How many days is it until Christmas? #callthemidwife

    — wendywales 💜🌻🌼🍀 (@wendywales) March 11, 2018

    This is brill 👍 I had a lump in my throat before the starting credits finished! Just fantastic tv x

    — Kellie Ashes (@kash1504) March 11, 2018

    Charlotte Ritchie revealed last week how she “howled like a child” when her character was killed off on the show.

    The 28-year-old appeared on Lorraine to speak about her dramatic exit which saw the nurse succumb to meningitis complications.

    She said: “I knew it was going to happen and I still howled like a child, which feels really weird.

    “I have known for a long time and I was wishing I wouldn’t cry, as I think there’s something weirdly narcissistic about crying about your own death.

    “But it was just everything, it was saying goodbye to the show, I love it so much. But it was done beautifully and I feel really glad and really proud that I got to say goodbye in that way.”

    She added: “I was a fan before I joined.

    6 Charlotte Ritchie admitted she ‘howled like a child’ when her Call The Midwife character was killed offCredit: ITV Nurse Barbara’s death left Call The Midwife fans sobbing but the actress said it was the right time thing to do

    “It was such a hard decision to make. I love it. It’s the most wonderful job. It was just the sort of time to go, I think. My character Barbara had had such a gorgeous arc.”

    And while Charlotte seemed to be uncertain whether she’d watch her character’s funeral, she praised writer Heidi Thomas for killing her off – even if her mum is unhappy about it.

    “You’ve got to go the whole way, you have to commit to it. And it gives Heidi the opportunity to say goodbye to the character and I think that’s really courageous of her.”

    The Brit star who rose to fame in Fresh Meat now says she wants to do something with a lighter subject matter.

    She told Lorraine: I did a couple of comedies a few years ago, I’d love to go and do something like that, as much variety as possible.

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    Her condition then quickly deteriorated after the infection caused septicaemia.

    At first it looked like she was going to pull through, but then she suddenly took a turn for the worse.

    Nurse Barbara was with her vicar husband Tom and her best friend Phyllis as she passed away.

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    Call the Midwife 2019 Christmas Special: Sister Monica Joan’s surprise

    • Tonight on BBC One, we had a chance to dive into the annual Call the Midwife Christmas Special. What did we see? Think in terms of an episode that was every bit as emotional as we would have expected. It was set mostly in the Outer Hebrides, and it showed many of the sisters and midwives doing whatever they could to embrace a new place with new challenges.

      Some of the struggles for the young mothers in the Scottish isles were to be expected — think in terms of a lack of medical care, or opportunities to advance and move forward.

      For more video coverage of the Call the Midwife Christmas Special, check out some of the latest below! Once you watch, remember to also subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube and stick around for more news.

      Through everything that we saw in the episode, though, perhaps none were more emotional than seeing Sister Monica Joan with the white stag. It was something that was representative of so much more. (Also, did anyone else think that she was about to time-travel through the stones like Claire Fraser?) We’ll admit that we spent a good bit of the episode concerned that the character was going to die, but she’s still there! Shove those worries aside and take them on at a different time.

      As for some of the other storylines that we saw throughout the hour and a half, Dr. Turner and Shelagh spent a good bit of time in order to contemplate their future. Turner questioned whether or not he could move to the Hebrides, but in the end, he recognized that he belonged in Poplar … even though it was so beautiful there in the islands. Meanwhile, Reggie found himself fascinated by world records, and there is always something quite lovely that comes with seeing Fred do what he can in order to help him and make him smile.

      When you look at this special in comparison to some others we’ve seen over the years, we’re not going to act as though there were a lot of big-time surprises. Yet, that’s fine with us. There was a sense of geography here, a few great moments that set our heart aflutter, and plenty of Christmas spirit, as well. Even when the show doesn’t make everything about the holidays, you always get the sense that it finds a way to capture it.

      All in all, what a satisfying way to spend this Christmas! We’ll, of course, be eager to see what lies ahead next time.

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      What did you think about the 2019 Call the Midwife Christmas Special?

      Be sure to share right now in the comments! Meanwhile, remember to stick around in the event you want some other news on the show. (Photo: BBC.)

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      Sister Evangelina dies in the series five finale (Picture: BBC)

      Fans have known that a major character death was on the cards for Call The Midwife series 5, but that still didn’t stop it from hurting like hell.

      The series finale, which aired on Sunday night, saw Sister Evangelina sadly pass away after battling illness.

      The moment itself was beautifully understated, with Pam Ferris’ character simply dying in her sleep after suffering a stroke.

      She was found in an armchair by Fred and the reaction of the other Sisters, particularly Sister Monica-Joan, was heart-breaking to watch.

      (Picture: BBC)

      When she was told Sister Evangelina’s body will have to be taken to the coroner, she replied: ‘You shall not take her from this place. How is our sister to rise again if her earthly form is not intact?

      ‘She will need eyes to see, a brain to think, a heart to love. If you mutilate her now, you maim her for eternity.’

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      Seeing the nuns band together to bathe and dress Sister Evangelina for her funeral was a lovely touch, and you got the sense that that was how she would have wanted it.

      (Picture: BBC)

      You’d think Call The Midwife fans would be used to getting a bit teary practically every time it’s on, but judging from the social media reaction, tonight’s episode trumped them all.

      I have cherished every precious episode of #callthemidwife The celebration of new life & the farewell to a beloved series & dear lady?

      — Mad Hatter (@jamiesonhelen) March 6, 2016

      If anyone managed to get through that without crying, you probably need to see a doctor – your tear ducts are broken!! ? #callthemidwife

      — Beck (@NewFoundWings) March 6, 2016

      Astoundingly emotional #callthemidwife

      — LizaB (@LizaB652) March 6, 2016

      Well thank you very much @CallTheMidwife1 you’ve completely & utterly broken me! ? #callthemidwife

      — Clare Bates (@clarebatesphoto) March 6, 2016

      The bit that properly got me was when the shoes were put on the coffin. I didn’t expect to cry that much #callthemidwife

      — Sonia Legg (@Bubbles_legg) March 6, 2016

      @BBCOne a total tearfest tonight All acting spot on again thank u all for the emotional roller coaster every Sunday night #callthemidwife

      — Julie Rose (@juliearose) March 6, 2016

      #callthemidwife just spectacular television. No special effects needed when raw emotion is at work. Bravo to all cast and crew..#Sobbing

      — Zarina Kapasi (@RecoveringCynic) March 6, 2016

      Just cried so much watching Call The Midwife that I’ve given myself a headache. #callthemidwife

      — Emilia ◟̽◞̽ (@LShapedHeart) March 6, 2016

      And if you were interested, here’s the song that was playing over her funeral procession.

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      There good news though – Call The Midwife has been confirmed for a Christmas special and a sixth series next year.

      See you all again at Christmas – and then for a brand new series 6 in 2017! xxx #callthemidwife pic.twitter.com/6hF5kDqbda

      — Call The Midwife (@CallTheMidwife1) March 6, 2016

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      Nurse Barbara came to very sad end in Call The Midwife (Picture: BBC)

      Call The Midwife is heading back to screens tonight for its eighth series – with one notable absence.

      Because while the new season may be replete with new characters, viewers may recall that we’ve bid farewell to Nurse Barbara Hereward – played by actress Charlotte Ritchie.

      The character met a heartbreaking end last series, leaving fans of the show distraught – but just what happened to her?

      Here’s a brief reminder…

      What happened to nurse Barbara Hereward in Call The Midwife?

      The character was struck down by septacaemia caused by meningitis (Picture: BBC)

      Barbara’s time on the show came to a tragic end after the character succumbed to septicaemia caused by meningitis, with the character’s death airing on March 4 last year.

      The heartbreaking scenes saw Barbara’s husband Tom (Jack Ashton) and friend Phyllis Crane (Linda Bassett) by her bedside as she passed away, after they were told there was nothing more than could be done for her.

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      It was made all the more tragic by the fact that the character had returned to Nonnatus House from Birmingham just two weeks before she fell ill.

      The character was taken to hospital and initially seemed to be recovering – before taking a turn for the worse as the illness took its toll and ultimately proved fatal.

      Why did Charlotte Ritchie leave the show?

      Charlotte spent four years on the show before bowing out – and said at the time it felt like the right time to leave.

      ‘Barbara’s had such a good journey, this feels like a good time to go before I become too complacent,’ she told the Mirror.

      ‘That was my biggest fear – of getting so comfortable that I was taking the job for granted,’ the actress explained, saying there was no ‘negative reason’ behind her decision to leave.

      Charlotte was most recently seen in the Doctor Who New Year’s Day special Resolution, and is set to appear in the new series of Death In Paradise which began on BBC One on Thursday night.

      When is Call The Midwife on?

      The new series kicks off on BBC One on Sunday night at 8pm.

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      Contains spoilers for Call The Midwife season seven.

      We’re still not over the emotional trauma that was Call The Midwife season seven, what with the heartache, health problems and shock death, but nevertheless we are loving series eight of the BBC’s hit midwifery drama starring Helen George, Laura Main and Leonie Elliott.

      The show returned to BBC One on Sunday 13 January. Here’s everything you need to know about season eight of Call The Midwife…

      Call The Midwife season 8 – What’s going to happen?

      Season eight picks up with the women of Nonnatus House still feeling the impact of Nurse Barbara Hereward’s shock death, which devastated fans in series seven. Speaking about how Barbara’s death affects the new episodes, Nurse Valerie Dyer actor Jennifer Kirby told Goodhousekeeping.co.uk:

      “It’s not easily got over, you never get over something like that but one thing we talked about a lot was that grief manifests itself in lots of different ways. The thing with Call The Midwife is that although it’s very emotional and in touch with the sadder side of things, it’s very hopeful as well so you see all of the characters dealing with it in their own way.

      “The spirit of Barbara continues throughout the series through all of us. In a way the loss of somebody like that breathes new life into the thing as a whole because everybody realises that they need to seize the moment and take her spirit and warm, loving energy throughout the series.”

      At the start of series eight, it’s spring time in 1964 and with the additions of the two new Sisters, who have been sent to live and work with the team in Poplar, Nonnatus House feels full once more.

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      The season will follow on from 2018’s Christmas special, which saw the nuns travel to the Mother House to elect a new mother superior. Sister Julienne was the obvious replacement but luckily for the people of Poplar, she’s staying at Nonnatus House. Shelagh and Dr Turner met May, a young orphan, and at the end of the episode decided to foster her.

      Season 8 sees the Turners loving their expanded family, but finding things a little stressful, while Nurse Crane and Nurse Lucille both dabble in new romances. Nurse Trixie has her mind firmly set on work and we begin to see more of Nurse Dyer’s family life.

      Call The Midwife season 8 – Who’s in it?

      We know that Charlotte Ritchie, who played Nurse Barbara, won’t be back for season eight after her character passed away towards the end of season seven.

      Charlotte has explained her reasoning for leaving Call The Midwife, saying:

      “It seemed like a good time to go… They ask you to commit quite early on in the year to the show. And I always wanted to do it, but I also felt that I’d done three different series for the last five years, and thought it might be good to slightly try and branch out and try something new.”

      Barbara’s widower Rev. Tom Hereward (Jack Ashton) will also be absent from season eight. Call The Midwife confirmed to goodhousekeeping.co.uk Jack won’t be involved in filming for the series, following the death of his on-screen wife.

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      Joining as new regular cast members are Fenella Woolgar (Victoria & Abdul, Harlots and War & Peace), who plays Sister Hilda, Ella Bruccoleri (Genius: Picasso, The Last Kingdom) as postulant Sister Frances and Georgie Glen (Waterloo Road, Damned) as Miss Higgins, the surgery’s new receptionist.

      Call The Midwife season 8 – When’s it on TV?

      Call The Midwife airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.

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      FYI: Huntington’s Chorea. Huntington’s disease is a horrific hereditary neurological disorder that causes brain cells to die. It affects both the body and the mind. The earliest signs are subtle changes in mood and mental abilities (eventually becoming full blown dementia), followed by poor coordination. It can take up to 20 years from the onset of symptoms for the disease to run its course, all the while getting progressively worse. The typical age of onset is between 30 to 50 years old. It is much more rare in children, though with each generation in a family that gets it, the age of onset comes earlier. Even though it is inherited, about 10 percent of cases are new mutations. Today, while there is genetic testing, there is still no cure for it.

      4.Baby Love

      As Gordon is about to leave for his shift, Doreen goes into labor, possibly unaware (?), and is taken to the maternity home where Nurse Crane assists in the birth of a perfect daughter. A moment of joy. Trixie soon notices that Doreen constantly cuddles the baby, but when handed a bottle she doesn’t understand what to do with it. Days later during a home visit, she sees that Doreen doesn’t change diapers and the baby has developed a bad rash. Dr. Turner is called in and it is just as Gordon had feared: she can no longer cope, and neither can he. Their children will need to go into foster care, except for Wendy, who has been diagnosed with a juvenile form of Huntington’s. She will go to a residential home, and it is left to Trixie to take her.

      3. There’s No Place Like Home

      Wendy is still convinced that what is happening is because her mum doesn’t love her anymore, and it doesn’t help that she gets no hugs goodbye. She doesn’t understand that her mum’s illness has left her unable to fully understand what’s going on. Wendy asks, if her mum loves her, why is she letting her go? Trixie assures her it’s because it’s for the best. Just as Trixie and Wendy get downstairs and start to walk away from the building, Doreen comes running out barefoot to give Wendy her scarf and tell her she loves her. She figured it out.

      2. Trix for Kids

      There is no joy in Trixtopher-ville. For some reason, little Alexandra is seeing a psychiatrist who says she needs more fixed rules and that Christopher shouldn’t pick her up at school anymore because apparently having your dad (instead of your mum) pick a kid up taints them with the stigma of divorce. (I’m guessing the crazy ex-wife blabbing to the other mummies has more to do with that). Oh, and she shouldn’t have to see Trixie, even though Christopher says Alexandra loves her. Trixie tells Christopher not to say anymore, that she told him right from the get go she never wanted to cause any harm to the little girl.

      1. Song of Solomon

      Christopher (JACK HAWKINS) and Nurse Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE) in Episode 3 of Call the Midwife, Seaon 7. Photo: Nick Briggs

      After taking Wendy Lunt to the residence home and seeing a sad little girl in the yard, Trixie is inspired make a choice of Solomonic proportions (but the wrong one!): she tells Christopher to go back his (ex) wife, for the sake of their daughter. He is confused. He insists he doesn’t love his ex. Trixie says buck up buddy; do it for your daughter who needs a stable home with two parents who hate each other so she can learn to feel cherished. Naturally, it will be so much better for their daughter to grow up in a home full of resentment than if her dad married Trixie and the kid got to spend at least half her time in a happy home. It’s for the best. I am now trying to remember what we know about Trixie’s background that makes her think this. Anyone know? Anyone? Bueller?

      Anyway, in the aftermath of Trixie’s misguided choice, she leaves Christopher sitting on a bench in despair (though he doesn’t run after her), and she returns to guzzling vodka in secret. Trixie is officially off the wagon.

      Sigh…and none of them lived happily ever after…

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      Gordon resists, and begs Trixie to teach him how to take care of the infant and help him learn to run the household. He’s afraid that if he lets a social worker in, his children will be taken away. Trixie agrees to help, but only on the condition that Gordon allow a social worker to help once the Lunts are “shipshape.” Despite her and Gordon’s best efforts, Gordon just isn’t home enough to raise his children without much help from his wife. When the infant is found to have a diaper rash, the terrible step of sundering the family has to be taken. The infant is sent to foster care. Wendy goes to live at a home for ailing children, brought there in the loving care of Trixie.

      This awful situation devastates Trixie. She hates causing such pain to a family, especially the children, and decides that she can never do the same in her personal life. Therefore, she must break up with Christopher. His divorce is taking a toll on his daughter Alexandra; a psychiatrist recommended that the girl no longer see Trixie. The mere possibility that Trixie is adding to Alexandra’s struggles forces her to remove herself from Christopher’s life, despite her love for him. Trying to prevent pain in a child’s life, Trixie causes it in her own. The heartache is more than she can bear. She turns to old ways of coping and has a drink, ending her hard-won sobriety.

      After seeing the Lunt family torn apart, Trixie decides that she can’t cause any pain to Christopher’s daughter. Photo: Neal Street Productions 2017

      Another woman faced with trying circumstances also chooses a dangerous path. The Turners’ new au pair Magda visits a clinic to acquire birth control, claiming that she’s due to marry in a few months. While there, the clinician realizes that Magda is about two months pregnant. She breaks down; she’s not getting married, and she doesn’t want this baby. But abortion is illegal in Britain.

      Magda thus turns to her new friend Valerie – the two have bonded while preparing for an inaugural Poplar beauty pageant organized by Violet and Fred to raise money for charity. Valerie makes Magda promise not to seek an illegal abortion; the midwife has seen the adverse consequences of those back-alley operations all too often. She advises Magda to tell the Turners, who will be able to help.

      But Magda is afraid to share her secret. Instead, she takes matters into her own hands and asks Shelagh to borrow her nursing books – she’d like to become a nurse, too, she says, and wants to start studying. Shelagh easily assents. Magda discovers that a drug exists that will induce labor contractions. She pilfers a bottle from the Turners’ supply and begins taking the pills daily.

      When something terrible happens to her au pair, Shelagh blames herself. Photo: Neal Street Productions 2017

      But the pills don’t work fast enough for her. On the day of the beauty pageant, she begs off, claiming she has a headache. While most of Poplar is at the pageant, Magda sneaks to Nonnatus House and injects herself with a concentrated dose of the drug. Sister Monica Joan hears her leaving and sees her stumble off, clutching her abdomen and with blood spots on her skirt. Monica Joan calls the pageant, and Shelagh and Valerie rush over. They find Magda lying prone in the garden outside Nonnatus. An ambulance takes her to the hospital.

      Shelagh blames herself for this near-fatal incident, since she gave Magda the nursing books. Given the suffering Magda has already gone through, the sisters decide not to report the theft of drugs and attempted abortion on the grounds of a religious institution. Magda decides to become a nurse after all, and leaves the Turners behind to study in Paris. It’s a hard world out there.

      Attention – Call The Midwife fans!

      Ahead of the highly-anticipated ninth season of Call The Midwife, which will be coming to the BBC next year, the hit series has made an exciting announcement.

      For anyone who loves to have a good binge session and re-watch old episodes, the series is bringing new episodes to Netflix.

      Up until now you could only watch series 1-6 on the TV streaming service, but they have now released the seventh series so that fans can catch up to fill the gap until the newest series starts.

      Writing on their Facebook page the show wrote: ‘Hello all!

      ‘Great news for you Netflix fans out there! Just to let you know that our acclaimed and heart-rending series 7 will be available to view on Netflix UK from Wednesday 11 September!! ❤️😍’.

      Hello all!Great news for you Netflix fans out there! Just to let you know that our acclaimed and heart-rending series 7 will be available to view on Netflix UK from Wednesday 11 September!! ❤️😍

      Posted by Call the Midwife on Thursday, August 29, 2019

      And fans were absolutely thrilled at the news.

      Many were delighted to get something to fill the gap while they await the new series and the highly-anticipated Christmas special.

      ‘My family are just used to it now but I play call the midwife everyday in my house I don’t always sit and watch it but it’s just on the kitchen tv all the time,’ wrote one dedicated fan. ‘I just love the era the characters the whole thing and no one understands how I just keep watching ❤’.

      Others added: ‘Great it will give me a much needed dose of ctm to boost my morale while I wait for the Christmas special and the new series! 😍’ and ‘Finally! I re-watched series 6 in 2 days! I need my fix!’.

      There were also those who were ecstatic at the news, having missed the series when it was actually on TV.

      ‘Yay that was the series I missed and have rewatched all the others x,’ wrote one viewer.

      Another fan added: ‘So happy been waiting for season 6 forever and so pleased to find it on there yesterday!!!!

      ‘I can’t wait! I’ve missed some of the episodes due to work! I go on vacation that day! Binging on #CTM!!!’.