Posts by Carmen Croghan

'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.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 5

Picnickers Tim (Max Macmillen), Shelagh (Laura Main) and Reggie (Daniel Laurie)  (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

When we last visited Poplar, Sister Monica Joan’s sight was finally restored, the Ganis were emerging from their struggles to work towards becoming a cohesive family and Trixie made a tough decision in order to halt her downward spiral. The complete breakdown of last week's Call the Midwife can be found here.

This week’s episode begins with the departure of one midwife and ends with the return of another. Meanwhile, an expectant mother deals with a traumatic fear and an ill sailor causes a health scare in Poplar. 

'National Treasure: Kiri' is Streaming on Hulu

Sarah Lancashire and Felicia Mukasa in "I(Photo Credit: Hulu)

Fans of Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire, rejoice! You can now catch this wildly talented actress in the new Hulu mini-series National Treasure: Kiri. (And before you ask, it has nothing to do with Nicolas Cage on a American history scavenger hunt.)

This much buzzed about contemporary crime/mystery aired on Channel 4 in the UK back in January of this year, becoming that network's most watched drama series ever. Centered around the abduction and murder of Kiri Akindele, a young black girl in the foster care system, the four-episode mini-series examines the factors of race and family relationships in the aftermath of these tragic events.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7 Episode 4

Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) and Mumtaz Gani (Balvinder Sopal) (Photo: Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

I think we can all agree last week’s episode of Call the Midwife left everyone rather gloomy and depressed. The Lunt family suffered devasting illness and loss, Magda’s desperate actions resulted in her departure from the Turners’ employ and a sacrificial breakup with Christopher left Trixie vulnerable enough to abandon her sobriety. Check out all the discouraging details here.

Thankfully, this latest installment provided viewers with a bit more of that reassuring hope we’ve come to expect from the midwives. Trixie and Sister Monica Joan make life-changing choices and a childless woman works through the pain of an unorthodox solution arranged by her Pakistani relatives.

British Actors You Should Know: Tobias Menzies

As you may have already heard, Tobias Menzies has been cast to take over the role of Prince Philip from Matt Smith in Season 3 of Netflix period drama The Crown. Menzies has signed on for the next two seasons, with shooting to begin this summer in the UK. He will be joined by Olivia Colman who will be playing Queen Elizabeth II and Helena Bonham Carter as the new Princess Margaret.

This 44-year-old actor has had a prolific career thus far and, if you watch much television, you’re sure to have seen him in something. But just in case Menzies' name or face is unfamiliar, we’ve put together a quick list of his credits to get you acquainted with the newest Crown cast member.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 3

Nurse Valerie Dyer  (Jennifer Kirby) competes in the first Miss Poplar beauty pageant (Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

Thank you for joining us for another episode recap of Call the Midwife. Last time we met the Turners’ chic and confident new au pair, Magda, who was not what Shelagh had in mind at all. Sister Winifred tried to get new fathers more involved in the care of their babies and one of them ended up delivering his own child. And Nurse Anderson refused to run from bitter prejudice and helped a broken family to heal in the process. (If you need a more detailed refresher, our recaps of Season 7's first two episodes can be found here and here.)

This week, the midwives and those close to them encountered heartbreak, desperation and sacrifice that no cute little beauty pageant could candy coat. We start with the unbelievably tragic story of a family torn apart by disease. Meanwhile, the Turners' au pair Magda secretly tries to resolve a situation that turns distasterous. 

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 2

Welcome back to the second half of our Call the Midwife double header. Thus far, we’ve met the new midwife, Lucille Anderson, Nurse Crane advocated for a dying patient who was under threat of being evicted from her home and a brave new single mother inspired Trixie to let love lead her forward in her relationship with Christopher Dockerill. Looking for a more detailed rundown? You can find it right here.

As we rejoin the midwives in this episode, the snow has finally melted and Poplar is thawing out at last! Sister Winifred will try to push envelope by including fathers in baby care classes and Lucille faces ugly prejudice when a mother in her care becomes seriously ill.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 1

Nurse Dyer (Jennifer Kirby) directs Nurse Anderson (Leonie Elliott) to her first delivery  Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017

Welcome back to another season of Call the Midwife!  I'll be recapping the joys, the heartbreaks and the comical moments that take place over the next eight episodes.  I'm looking forward to hearing your insights and opinions on the storylines and the changes that are bound to take place in 1960's Poplar.

As we begin, it's the winter of 1963 and England is still in the throes of the Big Freeze. Nevertheless, there is the usual flurry of activity at Nonnatus House as they await the arrival of a new addition to their ranks. Meanwhile, they continue the work of ushering lives into and out of this world with compassion and grace.

British Acting Rites of Passage: 'Midsomer Murders' Guest Stars

DCI Barnaby (John Nettles) and DS Jones (Jason Hughes) | Credit: APT

As a telly addict, one of my favorite things to do when watching an older TV series is to try to spot familiar actors in guest starring roles. I find this activity yields the best results when the program is one of the popular mystery genre as they require a fresh supply of victims and suspects for each episode. I deduced then that the UK’s longest running contemporary detective drama, Midsomer Murders, would be the perfect vehicle to launch a new series of before-they-were-famous type of posts.

Let’s take a look at just a sampling of the many familiar faces who paid a visit to the pastoral but deadly Midsomer County.

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