"Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 7

Laura Main as Shelagh Turner Photo: Neal Street Productions)

Before we face the unbearable sadness of this week’s Call the Midwife, let’s recall how we got to this heartbreaking state of affairs in the first place. You may remember there was the mother on a crusade against Valerie’s health and relationship (aka sex education) class and Sister Monica Joan’s delightful cataract surgery adventure where she made a surprising new friend. But it was Barbara Hereward’s unceasing dedication to the Davidson family through a whirlwind of unexpected death, fire and the birth of twins that contributed to the health crisis the midwife found herself in at the end of the episode. (Need more details? Our full recap of Episode 6 is right here.) 

This week, Patrick helps a bullied juvenile offender, Lucille finds a new circle of friends and Barbara's battle with meningitis and a blood infection turns tragic.

Period Drama 'Harlots' Returns to Hulu This July

The ladies of Harlots (Photo: Hulu)

Period drama Harlots will be back for a second season this summer!  

The series stars Emily Watson, Lesley Manville and Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay, among others, as members of two rival bawd houses in Georgian London. And before you immediately assume that Harlots is some kind of  exploitative trash, let me assure you that it’s not. The series is inspired by stories from real women, features an all-female creative team and is, in all honesty, one of the most thoughtful and feminist programs I watched last year. 

'Jamestown' Recap: Season 1, Episode 4

Sophie Rundle, Naomi Battrick and Gwylim Lee in "Jamestown" (Photo: Carnival Films Ltd 2017)

Previously on Jamestown: The settlement is raided for some never-explained reason by a group of warriors from the Pamunkey Indian Tribe. The locals manage to capture one of them, a brave named Chacrow who is remarkably chill about the whole process. As a show of good faith and friendship, the gang decides to take him back to his people and even though only one person in town appears to speak their language. Elsewhere, Silas gets arrested for a generally dumb and made-up reason, and Alice saves his life through bullying, sheer stubbornness and her willingness to overlook the fact that she’s for sure got proof that one of the local magistrates is a murderer. Oh, well! (Need more details? Read our full recap of Episode 3.)

The fourth episode of Jamestown’s first season is something of a mixed bag. At times, it almost feels as though two different episodes are happening concurrently – one of which is interesting, and one of which is not. The town’s obsession with the prospect of finding gold feels tiresome more than exciting, and everyone’s immediate, white-hot interest in the hunt for a treasure map takes away from more interesting character stories happening elsewhere.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 6

Barbara Hereward (Charlotte Ritchie) with new patient Pearl Davidson (Kelly Campbell) (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017

Previously on Call the Midwife…Amidst plans for a Poplar charity picnic, Trixie made her temporary exit while Barbara and Tom returned from their assignment in Birmingham. Nurse Anderson helped an expectant mother face a traumatic fear and an ill sailor who caused a health scare was rescued by Reggie and Nurse Crane. All rest of the details from Episode 5 can be found here.

This time around, the midwives and their friends rally behind families who have lost a great deal.  Meanwhile, Monica Joan gets a new lease on life at the same time Barbara faces a serious infection.

‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Developing Series About the Rothschild Dynasty

Julian Fellows during "Downton Abbey" Season 6 promotion (Photo: Masterpiece/Carnival Films)

While we all doubtless still miss mega-popular period drama Downton Abbey, its creator Julian Fellowes seems to be working hard to fill the Highclere-shaped hole in all our hearts.

There’s The Gilded Age, his NBC new series that will premiere in 2019 and focus on the world of New York business tycoons and the rise of “new money” in late nineteenth century America. Beyond that, it sounds as though Fellowes will focus his attention on telling the story of one of the richest families in history.

According to Deadline, Fellowes is developing another new series called Five Arrows, which will focus on the Rothschild banking dynasty. This ultimate “rags-to-riches” tale follows a family who, in one generation, rose from humble beginnings to amass the largest private fortune the world had ever seen.

'Jamestown' Recap: Season 1, Episode 3

Gwilym Lee and Naomi Battrick in "Jamestown" (Photo: Carnival Films Ltd 2017)

Previously on Jamestown: Some of the men in Jamestown – namely the generally terrible Redwick and Farlowe – decide that the women of the settlement are getting too uppity for their own good, a problem they decide to handle by demonstrating how easily they could have one of them accused of witchcraft. Of course that person is Verity, who does nothing to help her own cause by openly talking about how worthless her drunk husband is, cursing local men who annoy her and rejoicing in the illness of her enemies. Girl, come on. Elsewhere, Alice is struggling to fend off the unwanted advances of local blacksmith James, who has decided he deserves to marry her because he can pay off her original travel debt. Men are gross, you guys! Luckily, Jocelyn swoops in to save both her friends at the last minute, by virtue of being both clever and quite rich. Girl power forever, y’all. (Need more details? Read our full recap of Episode 2.)

The third episode of Jamestown is, quite frankly, less interesting than the two that have come before it, and the reason for that seems pretty obvious. It’s primarily about the men. What makes this series interesting is its focus on the women involved – how they react to this harsh new world, and how they navigate life in a society where the men possess even more power than they did back home. This installment, unfortunately, focuses largely on the men of Jamestown, several of whom are either such jerks or so impossibly stupid that it’s impossible not to at least vaguely hope that the ladies overthrow them all and establish a matriarchy.

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