May 10, 2014 at 4:15 am #185751
Season 3, Episode 5:
Quite a moving story about the Downs Syndrome pregnant girl and quite disturbing on seeing the attitudes towards Downs Syndrome people back to when this series was set.June 12, 2014 at 12:45 am #187057
Season 3, Episode 8:
Season 3 finale.
Sad that Chummy loses her mother while Shelagh and Dr Turner get good news as they get to adopt a baby girl.
This demonstrates the cycle of life as one life ends, another begins.
This was Jessica Raine’s final episode as Jenny with the death of Chummy’s mother leading her to resign from Nonnatus House to become a Marie Curie nurse.
As older Jenny explains in her narration that as her story has ended the story of her friends continues hence why there is still going to be a season 4 without Jenny.November 5, 2014 at 12:23 am #198430
Even before the 2014 Christmas Special and season 4 in 2015, Call The Midwife has been renewed for a fifth season to be aired in 2016 in addition to the 2015 Christmas Special.December 5, 2014 at 1:45 am #199608
Clips of the 2014 Call The Midwife Christmas Special included in the BBC Showreel of its festive line-up:December 29, 2014 at 9:06 pm #203219
2014 Christmas Special:
Although Jessica Raine (Jenny) has already left the series, Jenny still appears here, presumably for the last time, as we see instead Vanessa Redgrave finally on-screen as mature Jenny.
Jessica Raine still appears as young Jenny through pictures in mature Jenny’s home.
Not bad as it looked back to what happened to the other midwives sometime after Jenny left them including the appalling conditions at the home for expectanct mothers before it was taken over by Chummy and Patsy.January 23, 2015 at 10:59 pm #205339
Season 4, Episode 1:
Season 4 opener.
Debut of Charlotte Ritchie as nurse Barbara Gilbert and what a delightful addition she is.
Although Jessica Raine has already left the series, Vanessa Redgrave still narrates as mature Jenny. I mean if this is being told from Jenny’s perspective shouldn’t it be from where she went to after leaving Nonnatus House. I mean she can hardly have a perspective on events that she wasn’t a witness to.
What a horrible state that the children was found in and quite sadly to learn from mature Jenny that they didn’t have a happy ending when left the UK to go to Australia but as she says it was hope that made them happy for a while.
I can’t imagine my own personal life experiences as bad as what those children went through but I do know about hope keeping me happy even if it did not deliver a desired outcome in my life.
Charlotte Ritchie was interviewed in the Sydney Sunday Telegraph tv guide for its The Last Word feature.
She says in preparing for the series she watched a birth for research and that “watching some random woman having a baby…was the strangest Sunday night”.
She also says how she was quickly welcomed by her castmates Helen George (Patsy) and Emerald Fennell (Trixie) especially since Jessica Raine had been such an integral part of the series.January 23, 2015 at 11:26 pm #205340
Correction to my previous post: Helen George plays Trixie and Emerald Fennell plays Patsy.
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