Posts by Carmen Croghan

'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.

British Actresses You Should Know: Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh with Timothee Chalamet in the 2019 film Little Women (Photo credit courtesy of Columbia Pictures)

Florence Pugh is one of those buzzy, up and coming young actresses whose work you’ll likely be watching for years to come.

At just 24 years of age, this Oxford-born actress with the self-professed "weirdly low voice" has been showered with accolades. Since 2017, the awards she’s been nominated for and won tell the story of her work.  From her 2018 BAFTA EE Rising Star nomination to being named 2019’s Chopard Trophy winner at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Pugh's performances have been described as brave, breakthrough and revelatory. Here's why. 

Dated or Delightful? ‘Yes Minister’

In this installment of Dated or Delightful, we travel back to 1980 to see if a sitcom about the British government can still be funny.

Almost forty years ago, the BBC’s Yes Minister debuted in the U.K. Its authenticity was credited to the fact that the writers used real Whitehall moles to give them an insider’s perspective. It was the first program to win the BAFTA for Best Comedy three years in a row. It’s been broadcast in 84 countries across the globe and has landed on “favorite/best sitcom” lists over the decades. But does it hold up over time? Let's find out.

'The Durrells in Corfu': Series Finale Recap

Louisa (Keeley Hawes) and Spiros (Alexis Georgoulis) say their goodbyes (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sid Gentle Films 2019)

Four years have gone by so quickly! It’s hard to believe that The Durrells in Corfu which brought us such beautiful backdrops, eccentric characters and a lovely, albeit chaotic, family is over. 

On our final visit with the Durrells, we find Larry has returned from France and the family is reunited for the first time in many months. But the winds of war are blowing and the Durrells must find a way to say goodbye to all the special friends (human and animal) that they've made.

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