Call the Midwife: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

Call the Midwife: Season 1 (2012)




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


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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
Helen George
as Trixie Franklin
Roy Hudd
as Joe Collett
Thomasin Rand
as Margaret Jones
Cheryl Campbell
as Lady Fortescue-Browne
Bryony Hannah
as Cynthia Miller
Laura Main
as Sister Bernadette
John Ashton
as Ted Lawson
Tom Goodman-Hill
as David Jones
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
Hayley Squires
as Maureen Warren
Liam Reilly
as Clifford Mason
Carolina Valdés
as Conchita Warren
Tom Colley
as Ron Redmond
Tim Faraday
as Len Warren
Sarah Counsell
as Elsie May
Valerie King
as Neighbor
Jeff Innocent
as Cakey Crumb
Emma Noakes
as Shirley Redmond
Tina O'Brien
as Cathy Powell
Lacey Bond
as Mrs. Hawkes
Jessica Jones
as Charmaine
Jake Bailey
as Jack Smith
Candis Nergaard
as Mrs. Leonard
Robin Browne
as Chairman
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
Stanley Townsend
as Father Joe
Brett Allen
as Barry May
Victoria Alcock
as Betty Smith
John Vernon
as Sgt. Parry
Graham Padden
as Mr. Briggs
Penny Layden
as Brenda McEntee
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 (19) | 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.

April 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Top Critic

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

April 2, 2014 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Every birth is a moment of true suspense.

September 30, 2012 | Full Review…
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Even the effect of innumerable rectal probes, painful births and - yes, the presence of Jenny Agutter - soon wears off, leaving behind the bare threads of what is actually just a pretty bog-standard, cosy Sunday night drama.

April 2, 2014 | 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.

April 2, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Common Sense Media

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

April 2, 2014 | Full Review…
People Magazine

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