Episode Recaps

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 6 Episode 8

Sister Winifred (Victoria Yeates), Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) and Nurse Dyer (Jennifer Kirby) have a surprise for their colleague  (Photo: courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2016)

If I were to use one word to describe this week’s season finale of Call the Midwife it would be “emotional." Whether brought on by hormones or resulting from events both tragic and joyous, if you didn’t cry during this episode you may not be human. It was jam packed with sentiment and served as a lovely gift for those fans who endured the dark days of Sister Ursula earlier in the series.

‘Call the Midwife’ Recap: Season 6 Episode 7

Probably the most respected midwife this season, Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett)  (Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2016)

At one time or another most parents have experienced the pain of seeing their kids bullied or excluded, but the families featured in this week’s episode of Call the Midwife have got long-term struggles on their hands. In a related story, one of our most committed midwives undergoes a serious crisis of confidence. And Trixie learns that caution can be mistaken for dishonesty.

As always, if you want to peruse last week’s events before moving on, you can find that recap here.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 6 Episode 5

Sister Winifred (Victoria Yeates) teaches dental health.  (Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2016)

One thing leads to another on this week's Call the MidwifeTreating a maternity patient with serious dental issues results in romance for Nurse Franklin. The Buckles take in a young man with special needs who has nowhere to go and, in the process, we also discover that what the Mother House calls a “place of greater safety”, is nothing of the sort for Sister Mary Cynthia.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 6 Episode 4

Sisters Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) and Winifred (Victoria Yates) enjoy the Chariot Races   (Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2016)

Despite the backdrop of a close-knit community celebrating the opening of a new park with maypole dances and chariot races, tragedy or near-tragedy dominates in this week’s Call the Midwife. Mothers who can’t bear children are juxtaposed against those who can but can’t afford to keep them.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 6 Episode 3

Nurse Gilbert (Charlotte Ritchie) peddles to her next appointment  Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2016)

In this week’s episode of Call the Midwife, Sister Ursula’s obsession with efficiency contributes to a near fatal oversight. The Turners' maternity home faces the threat of closure and Shelagh suffers a dangerous setback in her miraculous pregnancy. Finally, a sorely missed member of the Nonnatus crew returns to Poplar, but brings with her troubling questions about another of their number.

If you feel a bit fuzzy about where we left off last time, you can get up to speed with our previous recap here.

'Wolf Hall' Episode 2: 'Entirely Beloved' Recap

Last time on Wolf Hall Our board was set up for the Great Game to play out. We met our major players: Cromwell, whose life up until this point was played out in quick flashbacks. Also taking their places: Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Thomas More, Mary Boleyn, Cardinal Woolsey, Norfolk and all the rest.

This week, the power players begin to make their moves.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 6, Episode 1

The Midwives are back circa 1962. (Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2016)

Welcome back to Call the Midwife Season 6!

Rest assured there's going to be a measure of heartbreak and hardship in store for us in the months ahead. So grab a cocktail of your choice (Grasshopper or Brandy Alexander with condensed milk for a velvety, luxurious taste, anyone?) and if you're feeling the 1962 vibe, let's review the highs and lows of this week's Call the Midwife episode.

'Victoria' Season 1: 'Young England' Recap

Victoria's carriage ride look is too cute. (Photo: Courtesy of ITV Plc)

Previously on Victoria: The queen discovers – to absolutely no one’s surprise – that she’s pregnant. Everyone’s thrilled, although Victoria’s less than thrilled with the fact that everyone thinks her pregnancy should incapacitate her. She must name a regent, in case she should die herself, but a battle with Parliament looms when she picks Albert. Or at least it does until Sir Robert Peel – who’s now basically BFFs with Albert – decides to back the queen’s choice. Meanwhile, Albert very much wants the crown to embrace technology, particularly locomotives. (No, seriously, Albert is obsessed with trains.)  Victoria, for her part, finally allows Albert to have some input in governing, and puts him in charge of her “industry-related” stack of government paperwork.

This week is the Season 1 finale of Victoria. As with all good period dramas, it feels as though the season has positively flown by. (In case you were worried, the series will return for second season, and production is already under way.) And as finales go, it’s a pretty great one. This episode has a little bit of everything – romance, intrigue, childbirth, tension, and a happy ending. Even the squabbling servants end up making up. It’s a nice note to wrap the season up on. 

'Victoria' Season 1: 'The Engine of Change' Recap

Victoria and Albert on tour, so to speak. (Photo: Courtesy of ITV Plc)

Previously on Victoria: The queen and her new husband return from their honeymoon, where they’ve discovered they quite enjoy being married. So much so, that Victoria would also like to discover how to not get pregnant just yet. (She wants children, of course – just, not right now.) Unfortunately, Lehzen gives her completely ridiculous advice on the subject.  Albert struggles to find something to give his new life in England purpose, while Victoria does her best to get him the respect her deserves from her court.  

This week’s episode is quiet, but generally charming, and for all that Victoria and Albert may not exactly be a sweeping romance, they’re becoming a pretty great partnership. And that may be a better thing, in the end. 

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