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'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Episode 3

Nurse Valerie Dyer (Jennifer Kirby) or dress mannequin? (Photo credit: Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions)

Welcome back to another Call the Midwife recap! Elderly narrator Jenny tells us that it is May and spring has truly arrived in Poplar. This week focuses on the outstanding service of Nurses Crane and Anderson (and in Lucille’s case, how dedication to your job can mess with your private life.) The midwives also come together for a worthy and fashionable fundraising event spearheaded by Nurse Franklin and Mrs. Buckle.

'Deadwater Fell': Episode 1 Recap

David Tennant and Matthew McNulty in "Deadwater Fell" (Photo: AcornTV)

If you’re looking for a pleasantly escapist drama during these dark times, I am here to tell you that Deadwater Fell is not that show.

It’s certainly a compelling series – dark and difficult, with great performances and a deeply murky and uncomfortable central mystery – but it’s not what you could under any circumstances call light. Obviously, I think it’s worth watching, or I wouldn’t be here telling you about it, but forewarned is forearmed and all that.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Episode 2

Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) goes to visit a new patient   (Photo credit: Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions

This week’s episode of Call the Midwife is framed around the periods of Lent and Mothering Sunday, and its story conveniently focuses on sacrifice and motherhood. As people all across Poplar are denying themselves the simple pleasures of sugar and cigarettes, Sister Julienne tries to prepare a young woman for motherhood, a family falters when their strongest member suffers a health emergency and a blossoming romance falters in the midst of illness.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Episode 1

Nurse Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT), Nurse Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Nurse Crane (LINDA BASSETT) and Nurse Dyer (JENNIFER KIRBY) are back on the job   Credit: Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions

Spring has arrived and that means the return of Call the Midwife on PBS! I’d like to welcome you back to another round of episode recaps in which we highlight the often poignant, but mainly uplifting, stories of Poplar residents and their steadfast caregivers, the sisters and nurses of Nonnatus House.

The debut episode of Season 9 begins in January of 1965 with the death of Sir Winston Churchill, a passing which saddens citizens across the U.K. Meanwhile, Poplar experiences an alarming outbreak of diphtheria and an abandoned baby is reunited with its troubled mother.

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