Welcome to Poplar. call the Midwife Season 10 premieres Sunday, October 3 on PBS.
The new season begins in the spring of 1966, and change is definitely in the air. Sister Julienne (Jenny Agter) devises a plan to stop the Nonnatus House from closing, but not everyone joins in. Meanwhile, Dr. Turner (Stephen McGann) tries to get to the bottom of a disturbing medical mystery. With so many heart-wrenching – and heart-wrenching – moments that fans are hoping, this call the Midwife The episode sets things up for another compelling ocean.
[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Call the Midwife Season 10 Episode 1.]
Sister Julienne Has a Plan to Save Nonnets House in ‘Call the Midwife’ Season Premiere
At the end of call the Midwife Season 9, the future of Nonnatus House was uncertain due to a pending slum clearance project and the expansion of maternity services in St Cuthberts.
Fortunately, the always resourceful Sister Julien has devised a plan to get Nonnetas House back on a strong financial footing, although this is controversial. She has made a deal to send some nurse midwives to work in a posh private maternity hospital. The order money from the scheme will be used to support the work they do at Poplar.
But the idea of nuns turning into “Robin Hood”[s] With Wimples” (in the words of Mother Mildred) doesn’t sit well with Dr. Turner. She’s on the side of public health care, and she has a rare fight with Sister Julien over the issue. By the end of the episode, there’s a lot of conflict. The solution doesn’t happen, and it’s possible that we’ll see this conversation about healthcare privatization again later in the season.
Nurse Tricks Heads Up at Lady Emily Clinic
Unlike Dr. Turner, Nurse Trixie (Helen George) is fascinated by the idea of Sister Julien. She can barely hide her excitement when she gets the chance to work at the Lady Emily Clinic for six weeks, and in a new frilly pink uniform, no less. The trial period will determine whether the plan to have nurse midwives work outside Poplar will go ahead.
Patients at the Lady Emily Clinic have benefits that the women of Poplar can only dream of. But they are still affected by the limitations society placed on women at that time. One woman tells Indeed that she quit her job as soon as her pregnancy began to appear, saying that “advertising and motherhood were never going to mix.” And the modern methods of Dr. Scarisbrick (Richard Dillon) aren’t exactly focused on what women giving birth need, as Trixie gently tells them.
Dr. Turner investigates catastrophic birth
Back in Poplar, Audrey (Kathryn Wilder) and her husband Derek (Jack Colgrave Hearst) are thrilled they are about to become parents after spending five years trying to get pregnant. But in one devastating scene, Audrey gives birth to a baby without fully formed legs who dies soon after birth. (Scrape away the tears.)
For Dr. Turner, the case has disturbing echoes of Season 5’s thalidomide crisis. But that drug is not to blame for this infant death, he discovers. Derek tells the doctor that he is having mysterious stomach pains. Also, an army friend has a daughter who is born without fingers. With that information in hand, the knowledge that both men were involved in Operation Grapple, it doesn’t take long for Dr. Turner to discover that radiation exposure during the nuclear test is the likely cause of their children’s birth defects and Derek’s health problems. . This story, like many call the Midwife, Inspired by a real public health scandal involving soldiers falling ill after radiation exposure during H-bomb tests (via) Radio Times)
Dr. Turner knows that more men may be at risk. However, when he tries to find out more about the nuclear tests and the soldiers involved, he runs into a wall. But there’s no way he would let it go so easily.
Sister Monica Joan’s crisis of faith
Elsewhere in this episode, sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) is still recovering from a broken leg last season. But more than that his body needs healing. The injury and her aging have created a crisis of faith in the elderly nun – the “dark night of the soul”, as she calls it. She is depressed and is questioning the existence of God. Will she be able to clear her doubts and return to the religion that has been at the center of her life for so many years? only time will tell.
In the end, Cyril (Zeffrin Tate) finds a new place to live above Fred and Violet’s store, although the apartment will also serve as a new home for the church. He and Lucille (Leonie Elliot) almost steal a kiss before being interrupted. We have a feeling that soon things are going to get more serious between these two.
The episode ends with another fashion show, as Violet and the nuns – including a very uncomfortable Sister Frances (Ella Brucoleri) – model modern, practical habits. It’s proof that Nonnatus is changing and, as Vanessa Redgrave puts it in the voiceover, which closes the episode, “in sync with the dance of time.”
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