Welcome back to this our next to last Call the Midwife recap and quite a heartbreaker it was. The power of love in its many forms is the main premise of this show; be it the love of parents for children, between romantic partners, or among untraditional families as well. All these varieties were on display in this week’s installment so let’s get right to it and let the lovefest begin.
As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, it’s only fitting to honor the qualities that make the moms in our lives so special to us. I have selected some maternal British film characters to illustrate these nurturing attributes. Though flawed and sometimes infuriating, you’re sure to recognize your own loving mother (or even yourself) somewhere in this list.
If you're a fan of all things British, you're probably just going to have to accept that you'll have to start seeing those big Marvel superhero films sooner or later, as the list of British Actors of Note who've nabbed roles in this particular cinematic universe is quite lengthy - and apparently growing every day.
Next up to bag a spot in the world of Marvel: Sherlock star Martin Freeman, who has officially nabbed a role in the anticipated sequelCaptain America: Civil War.
Spoiler alert: I am. Mark Rylance is a wonder and somehow even though the story of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell isn’t exactly what you’d call new the way the drama is structured makes it feel fresh. And, let’s be honest, what really draws people to this story – think about how many versions of the six wives of Henry VII you’ve heard or seen before – is that the characters in it are just really compelling. The fact that they were all actual people is just the icing on the cake.
And, whether you’ve always harbored a secret desire to be Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell or King Henry himself – well, we’re here for you. Check out our brand new personality quiz based on the real life cast of Wolf Hall, and see where you belong at Tudor Court.
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Selfridges hires a new Art Director, who turns out to be that weird French guy from the season’s first episode and he is pretty annoying. Gordon is the store’s new Deputy Manager and is really excited about it; Grove is jealous. Victor tries to reopen his club but thanks to police blackmail has to agree to make part of it a gambling establishment to raise the money to stay open. Kitty and George Towler to team up and convince the garbage friend of the guy who attacked her to admit that his BFF is a would-be rapist and help send him to jail. Harry sold some of his shares in Selfridges to fund his homes for veterans scheme and now isn’t a majority owner of the store anymore. Oh and Doris Grove was run over by a truck and killed while out having a secret meeting with her babydaddy arranged by Miss Mardle. IDEK with this show anymore, y’all.
Before we get into this week’s storylines, can we just say, “Welcome Home, Sister Evangelina!” We’ve missed your plain-spoken opinions and your compassionate dedication to your patients. It’s apparent scuffles will persist as the Sister reclaims her previous role from Nurse Crane, but in time, I believe they’ll return to that unspoken truce they’d achieved when Evangelina left for her hysterectomy. Now we just need Chummy and all will be right with the world (or at least, Poplar).
Speaking of Chummy, her scouts are holding a fundraiser! Patsy is organizing a square dance to raise money to get the cubs to the annual jamboree. But with events like this come serious wardrobe dilemmas – checked shirt or ironic poodle skirt?
And then there’s the issue of who to ask to the dance.
The novel tells the story of Thomas Thorne, who lives in the village of Greshamsbury in Barsetshire, with his beautiful niece, Mary, a girl blessed with every gift – except, as it always seems to go in these instances, money. Mary Thorne has grown up alongside the Gresham sisters – Augusta, Beatrice and Alexandrina and their handsome brother Frank – whose home is the great house and estate at Greshamsbury Park.
For those who are busy missing Sherlock – which, it seems, is most likely everyone – here’s a little something to help you get through the long days until, well, whenever the special gets here.
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey recently recorded My Dear Bessie, an audio adaptation of a series of World War II love letters written by a soldier in Cairo named Chris Barker and Morse code interpreter Bessie Moore. The two – who vaguely knew each other – stumbled into a correspondence that rapidly turned into a love affair.
As you may or may not be aware, the UK General Election is nigh. In just under three weeks’ time (May 7th to be exact) the British public will go to the polls to vote for the local MPs who will represent them in Parliament. The party who gains the most seats in the election wins the right to send its leader to 10 Downing Street to be the Prime Minister.
There he or she will remain for five years unless, according to the Parliament.UK website, “a motion of no confidence is passed in Her Majesty's Government by a simple majority and 14 days elapses without the House passing a confidence motion in any new Government formed or a motion for a general election is agreed by two thirds of the total number of seats in the Commons including vacant seats (currently 434 out of 650).”
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Harry and Nancy Webb take their relationship from zero to sixty in the space of roughly ten seconds, which is made even more awkward by the fact that Ms. Webb is secretly a grifter. Lord Loxley, who for some reason is still on this show, has formed a new committee to “help former servicemen readjust” but mostly seems to be all about hating on women who work generally, and Harry Selfridge for supporting them. Doris confesses to Miss Mardle that Mr. Grove is not the father of her son, as she had an affair during the war. Victor and Violette get arrested in a somewhat compromising position when the police raid his club. Oh, and Selfridges needs a new store deputy and a bunch of folks apply, including Grove and Miss Mardle, but Harry ultimately just gives the job to Gordon because nepotism is awesome.
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