Call the Midwife aired its season 8 premiere on BBC One Sunday night, and we feel like the series wasted little time providing us as viewers with much of what we expected — most notably, new arrivals and surprises.
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Let’s start here with our new nuns — Sister Hilda and Sister Frances were sent by Mother Mildred to Nonnatus, and in some ways, they provided this season’s window into the world. We think that the merit of bringing in new characters constantly is so that new viewers can get on board and that was the goal here. These two women are likable, but there is still so much more that needs to be learned about the women.
As for the births themselves this week, we had an especially dramatic one courtesy of a woman who ended up being pregnant with triplets. This became a race against time to both welcome all three babies into the world and then, on the other side of it, figuring out if there was going to be a way to make sure all of them would be okay. It was one of the biggest tests of Shelagh’s work so far to step in and try to help.
Meanwhile, Valerie Dyer and Lucille both found themselves in precarious positions throughout the episode. They had to navigate these problems, while also trying to be the welcome wagon for the new sisters.
On a lighter note…
This episode commemorate the birth of the Queen’s latest son, which was an event that allowed for much discussion and chatter throughout the UK. This was tied in some way to a Teddy Bears’ picnic and also a fundraiser. We also had a story all about midwife bags, one that led to Fred being able to offer up an old leather one to Sister Monica Joan as a nice gesture.
This episode of Call the Midwife really did cram a lot in — Sister Frances found herself immersed in all sorts of complications soon after her arrival, Trixie and Shelagh had one of the most-difficult births yet via the triplets, and by the end of this story, we still got a good sense that the show was going to press onward and celebrate the fun, lighter moments in life. There’s still something about scenes like the Teddy Bears’ picnic that bring a smile to your face and make you believe in hope. It’s a celebration of children and the next generation — something that this show does focus on more often than not.
Let us all celebrate the return of Call the Midwife — a series that is sweet, touching, tender, and so much more.
What did you think about Call the Midwife and its season 8 premiere as a whole? Be sure to sound off now in the comments. (Photo: BBC.)