2017 Christmas Special:
Takes place in the winter of 1962-63 in the UK.
Tragic when Valerie delivered a baby who she believed to be stillborn but what a miracle that the baby started crying sometime afterwards.
Looks like this is the last we see of Barbara as she departs with Tom for Birmingham after he got a temporary post there and I quite liked her.
2017 Christmas Special:
Season 7, Episode 1:
Season 7 opener.
Good introduction to new midwife Lucille Anderson.
Quite daunting on seeing Phyllis battling with Sergeant Woolf as a dying woman who will not leave her house despite being marked for demolition.
Also well handled the case of stripper expectant mother.
Growing up as Timmy Turner:
Season 7, Episode 2:
So intolerable the racism that was displayed on Lucille when a new mother after giving birth suffers a stroke and Lucille is blamed for it due to her skin colour by the new mother’s mother.
Things seems to be interesting with new au pair arriving Magda at the Turners’ household
Season 7, Episode 3:
Harrowing case of Huntington’s disease although refer here as Huntington’s chorea.
Uncomfortable viewing of the plotline with Magda.
Fun the beauty contest.
Karen Gillan was in beauty contest before eventually becoming my wife.
Season 7, Episode 4:
A harrowing situation in which Pakistani woman living in England finds out her husband has gotten married to her cousin who is now pregnant with his baby and bigamy is legal in Pakistan.
Well handled how this difficult situation was presented.
Sister Monica Joan is diagnosed with cataracts and risked going blind unless she goes through an operation which she initially refuses.
Amazing how she changed her mind as she compared to the risks that astronauts have taken to go into space.
Season 7, Episode 5:
Fascinating case of the smallpox victim.
Pretty good how Lucille handled her case here.
It was sure interesting timing the return of Tom and Barbara to Poplar.
Season 7, Episode 6:
Antepenultimate episode of season 7.
Sad when the patriarch of an Irish family got killed the accident and what his widow had to go through afterwards including escaping from a fire from her newsagent with her kids.
Sad the revelation that leads to a mental asylum.
Harrowing that Barbara may have septicaemia.
Season 7, Episode 7:
Penultimate episode of season 7.
So sad and shocking that Barbara dies from septicaemia.
Certainly overshadowed the other plotlines including teenager at a remand home and his pregnant wife.
Season 7, Episode 8:
Season 7 finale.
This episode marked Trevor Cooper’s fourth appearance as Sergeant Woolf and guest starred David Calder and both were in the short-lived Star Cops (1987) with it being headlined by Calder.
Sad that this episode starts with Barbara’s funeral.
The assassination of US President John F. Kennedy takes place during this episode which was aired on March 11 2018.
Coincidentally The Crown season 2 in 2.8 Dear Mrs Kennedy also briefly touched upon the assassination and The Crown season 2 was released three months earlier on December 8 2017.
Season 8, Episode 2:
Moving episode as Lucille becomes in the case of Clarice Millgrove (Annette Crosbie) as Clarice fights to keep her home but this was unsuccessful.
Sad when Clarice dies in bed.
A truly a superb and beautiful performance by Crosbie as Clarice.
Season 8, Episode 3:
Congratulations to Violet on being elected to the local council.
Moving story about the mother who just had given birth to her second child, her first having died when still being little.
Quite unexpected the beach outside Nonnatus House but the beach did look nice when it came to fruition.
Season 8, Episode 4:
What a surprise that Doctor Who: The Aztecs was on television at Nonnatus House and what a fan Sister Monica Joan is of the First Doctor William Hartnell.
This comes just months after Call The Midwife was referenced in The Tsuranga Conundrum.
In a funny coincidence I was reading my comments on The Tsuranga Conundrum including the said Call The Midwife reference just before coming across the Doctor Who viewing in Call The Midwife.
This Call The Midwife episode is co-written by an Amy Roberts and does not seem to be the same Amy Roberts who was costume designer of Doctor Who between 1977 and 1983.
This episode guest starred Niky Wardley who had played Eighth Doctor Big Finish companion Tamsin Drew made canonical by The Night of the Doctor.
In addition to this whether this was intended as a further Who reference there is a couple here with the surname of Tennant. Perhaps named after Tenth Doctor David Tennant.
Niky Wardley played Enid Wilson and she and her adult daughter are both pregnant.
No doubt it is bizarre for anyone to be born at the same time of an uncle or aunt.
2019 Christmas Special:
This has the residents of Nonnatus House going to the Outer Hebrides.
Fascinating storyline with the teenage girl Effie and interesting on Phyllis revealing that was brought up by an unmarried mother and how it influence of what she is doing now.
Season 9, Episode 1:
Season 9 opener.
Intriguing episode about the baby of a housekeeper.
Mother Mildred sure provided a clue to the baby’s father when she asked the Father who the father is.
Horrifying that Nonannatus House has been earmarked for demolition.
Season 9, Episode 2:
Sad about Florrie whose condition made her forget that she was minding her little granddaughter.
Moving story about Tina.
Season 9, Episode 3:
Series writing debut by former Doctor Who script editor Helen Raynor.
This episode came on January 19 2019, the same day as Doctor Who: Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror and it has things in common with Raynor’s Doctor Who writing debut Daleks In Manhattan.
Both said Doctor Who episodes were set in New York and showed the Statue of Liberty.
Raynor’s episode is the fourth episode of David Tennant’s second season as the Doctor and correspondingly Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror is the fourth episode of Jodie Whittaker’s second season as the Doctor.
Raynor’s Call The Midwife debut has a reference to Jean Shrimpton and Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror guest star Robert Glenister played Jean Shrimpton’s father in We’ll Take Manhattan and incidentally Jean Shrimpton was played by my wife Karen Gillan.
As well as the same writer Daleks In Manhattan & Call The Midwife 9.3 shares the same guest star in Alexis Caley.
Intriguing that Lucille helped give birth to a baby in a lift.
Moving about that family from East Pakistan.
Pretty good that fashion show at the end.
Season 9, Episode 4:
Not bad episode about trainee doctors and that revelation about pigeons.
Season 9, Episode 5:
Nice incorporating The Sound of Music in a time when it was new.
After being accused of being out of touch with ordinary people, Sister Julienne for a little gets out of her nun’s habit and goes to see The Sound of Music.
Not that I am disrespecting her as a nun but Sister Julienne looks lovely in something other than the nun’s habit but then again Jenny Agutter always looks lovely.
Season 9, Episode 6:
Antepenultimate episode of season 9.
Sister Julienne finally breaks the news about the impending demolition of Nonnatus House and things sure looked worrying.
Sad about Valerie’s cousin new baby not having long to live.
Things became complicated when May’s mother, thought to be dead, is alive and wants her daughter back causing distress for the Turners. Definitely sympathies for everyone concerned.
Season 9, Episode 7:
Penultimate episode of season 9.
Moving story about a new mother, who is blind and the challenges she to face in bringing up her new child in light of her blindness and how her sister is concerned with all this.
The blind mother is played by Ellie Wallwork who in real life is blind and previously saw her playing a blind character in Doctor Who: It Takes You Away.