Call the Midwife: Season 1 (2012)


Season 1
Call the Midwife

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Call the Midwife is an uplifting and sensitive take on heartbreaking situations.



Critic Ratings: 20

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Air date: Sep 30, 2012
Air date: Oct 7, 2012
Air date: Oct 14, 2012
Air date: Oct 21, 2012
Air date: Oct 28, 2012
Air date: Nov 4, 2012

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Series 1 opens in 1957 with young nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine), who hails from the wealthy English countryside, discovering that her first placement is not the private hospital she'd expected, but Nonnatus House, a clinic run by an order of nursing nuns in London's impoverished East End. Among the patients she helps: a woman on her 25th pregnancy, a 15-year-old prostitute and an elderly soldier suffering from leg ulcers. While Jenny adjusts to her new life, fellow rookie Chummy (Miranda Hart) gets off on the wrong foot with Sister Evangelina (Pam Ferris) due to her inability to ride a bike, a skill that's needed in order to reach patients.


Jessica Raine
as Jenny Lee
Jenny Agutter
as Sister Julienne
Pam Ferris
as Sister Evangelina
Judy Parfitt
as Sister Monica Joan
Miranda Hart
as Chummy
Helen George
as Trixie Franklin
Thomasin Rand
as Margaret Jones
Cheryl Campbell
as Lady Fortescue-Browne
Roy Hudd
as Joe Collett
Bryony Hannah
as Cynthia Miller
Laura Main
as Sister Bernadette
John Ashton
as Ted Lawson
Ben Caplan
as PC Peter Noakes
Tessa Churchard
as Winnie Lawson
Stephen McGann
as Dr. Turner
Vanessa Redgrave
as Jennifer (Mature)
Sophie Cosson
as Ingrid Mason
Lorraine Stanley
as Pearl Winston
Roy Hudd
as Joe Collett
Hayley Squires
as Maureen Warren
Thomasin Rand
as Margaret Jones
Liam Reilly
as Clifford Mason
Tessa Churchard
as Winnie Lawson
Carolina Valdés
as Conchita Warren
Tom Colley
as Ron Redmond
Tim Faraday
as Len Warren
Emma Noakes
as Shirley Redmond
Jeff Innocent
as Cakey Crumb
Valerie King
as Neighbor
Sarah Counsell
as Elsie May
Tina O'Brien
as Cathy Powell
Lacey Bond
as Mrs. Hawkes
John Ashton
as Ted Lawson
Cheryl Campbell
as Lady Fortescue-Browne
Jessica Jones
as Charmaine
Candis Nergaard
as Mrs. Leonard
Robin Browne
as Chairman
Jake Bailey
as Jack Smith
Terry Bird
as Cafe Proprietor
Nicola Munns
as Eileen Blake
David Annen
as Registrar
Debra Baker
as Mrs. Leck
Kika Markham
as Mother Jesu Emanuel
Brett Allen
as Barry May
John Vernon
as Sgt. Parry
Victoria Alcock
as Betty Smith
Penny Layden
as Brenda McEntee
Graham Padden
as Mr. Briggs
Elizabeth Webster
as Mrs. Foster
Amelda Brown
as Mrs. Fraser
Nick Bartlett
as Mr. Smith
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Critic Reviews for Call the Midwife Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11)

It was... all as sweet as the cake Parfitt's Sister Monica Joan kept scoffing before the others could eat it; and I suspect it will be equally addictive. Miranda Hart arrives next week; I fear I will be watching.

Apr 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Despite the blood and the labor, Call the Midwife is filled with heart.

Apr 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Every birth is a moment of true suspense.

Sep 30, 2012 | Full Review…

Call the Midwife is a celebration of life

Aug 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Lovers of Downton Abbey's sumptuous Britishness and Mad Men's vintage style will be in absolute ecstasies just soaking in the visuals of Call the Midwife.

Apr 2, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

With no new Downton Abbey episodes for months, the next best thing is PBS Masterpiece's Call the Midwife.

Apr 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Midwife offers a similar mix of warm drama with moments of character comedy that should appeal to Downton Abbey fans.

Sep 30, 2012 | Full Review…

The advice here is to forget the politics and enjoy the performances and the trip back in time.

Apr 2, 2014 | Full Review…

This immensely absorbing drama is worth any trouble it takes to catch up with its singular pleasures.

Apr 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Viewers who rightly complain about the pervasive cynicism of so much television these days will find heartwarming relief in Call the Midwife.

Sep 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Call the Midwife: Season 1

  • Jul 19, 2017
    Enjoyable. love the soundtrack. Pretty wholesome. My curiosity over the man Jenny loves is peaked quite. Only reminds me of how much I always wanted to Midwife. Subject matter and a few topics are more grown up. A few bits of cussing and one makeout scene: i can confidently introduce the show to my mum or watch with some younger family.
  • Jul 10, 2017
    Absolutely love Call the Midwife, cannot wait til next season starts.
  • Apr 30, 2015
    Love this show! Can't wait for season 4 to come to Netflix. Stories about how love impacts family and community told through the eyes of a group of nurses. Thought provoking and inspiring stories. A most watch for the romantics out there. So refreshing to watch instead of all the reality show craziness, questionalbe dramas, bad news and political shenanigans we have on TV today.

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