Our premiere presentation of Call the Midwife Season 5 concluded on Jan. 5, 2017. Watch here for news about upcoming seasons of this recent award winner for Best Period Drama at Britain’s viewer-voted National Television Awards!
“Call the Midwife” Season 5 opens in the year 1961, and Poplar is beginning to feel the winds of social change with the improvements in housing, sanitation and healthcare. But for the midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House, it’s business as usual, as they continue to care for the sick and bring new life into the world. The personal and professional lives of the nurses remain entwined, as events in their work impact on their personal choices.
Throughout the season, the midwives encounter complex and challenging medical cases, ranging from an outbreak of typhoid to the increase in lung cancer, a teenage pregnancy and a mother who vanishes. But all are rocked when two babies with severe deformities are born under their care, several months apart from one another. As they struggle to understand why, they must find ways to deal with the resulting medical and emotional fallout.
– EPISODE GUIDE –
2015 Christmas Special
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
The BBC plan to televise a carol service from Poplar, but Shelagh’s plans for the event are thrown into chaos. Following an argument, Sister Monica Joan goes missing, and a turn of events has the the nuns fearing the worst. A partly-recovered Delia re-enters Patsy’s life.
Season 5, Episode 1
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016
It is now 1961. When a baby is born with severe deformities, the midwives find it difficult to handle the situation, and the baby’s father even more so. Trixie’s new sideline as a keep fit instructor brings her into conflict with Sister Julienne, and she also becomes suspicious of the relationship between Barbara and Tom.
Season 5, Episode 2
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016
Sister Evangelina’s vocal opposition to mothers using formula milk causes a young woman who is unable to breastfeed to doubt her abilities as a mother and places her baby in danger. Barbara is caught between an expectant mother and her husband, who is accused of being work-shy. Phyllis develops feelings for a man she met at an evening class, drives him on a country outing, but is shocked to find out something he has concealed from her.
Season 5, Episode 3
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
A new mother is diagnosed with typhoid, stirring up uncomfortable memories for Patsy, whose mother and sister died of the disease in a prisoner of war camp. A young teacher, pregnant by a married man, loses her home and her job and is driven by desperation to attempt to abort her own baby, at the time a crime. Barbara agonizes over something she wants to tell Trixie.
Season 5, Episode 4
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
A bright young man is delighted to gain a place at university, but his plans are complicated when his girlfriend discovers that she is pregnant, and he must decide what is the right thing to do. Sister Julienne is seconded to a hospital and witnesses another baby born with very severe birth defects, but what will she tell the unaware mother? Meanwhile, Dr Turner and Shelagh begin to search for a cause for the birth defects. Trixie and Tom reach an understanding regarding Barbara.
Season 5, Episode 5
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016
When Phyllis’ car breaks down on the way to a delivery, Delia must talk a young mother through her home birth over the telephone. Subsequently the mother begins to display erratic behaviour and finally goes missing. After reading up on new schools of thought linking cigarettes to cancer, Timothy Turner resorts to shock tactics to stop his parents’ smoking habit.
Season 5, Episode 6
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016
Thora, a middle-aged woman, is pretending to be pregnant in order to conceal the fact that her unmarried daughter is expecting a baby. The Turners go on holiday, necessitating the appointment of a locum doctor. When the locum gives bad advice over the phone to Thora, she unwittingly places her daughter’s life in danger. Trixie has to use all her skill to save the situation. A number of violent assaults take place on women in Poplar, and a key character becomes the latest victim.
Season 5, Episode 7
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016
Patsy assists Daisy and her family of itinerant barge-dwellers, who eschew many of the trappings of modern society. When Daisy rejects the opportunity to give birth at the maternity home after accusing Patsy of meddling, Patsy ends up faced with her toughest delivery yet. The advent of the release of the contraceptive pill causes a dilemma for Sister Julienne, who worries about the moral implications. A young man who was compelled to marry his girlfriend when she became pregnant and is distant from her is caused to come into his own as a husband and father.
Season 5, Episode 8
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2016
The Turners receive the news that the drug thalidomide, which the doctor had regularly prescribed for women suffering from morning sickness, has been withdrawn after being linked with birth deformities of the kind observed in recent months in Poplar. He must deal with his own guilt as he and Shelagh, with the help of Phyllis and Patsy, begin an effort to link the drug to the affected patients. A young man, recently returned to Poplar, makes haste to marry his Australian fiancee before the arrival of their baby, at just the wrong time.
Season 5 of “Call the Midwife” airs Wednesdays (from November 9 to Jan. 4, 2017) at 9pm ET/6pm PT.