Call the Midwife: Season 8 (2019)

Season 8
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Air date: Mar 31, 2019

In this episode, two new mums are welcomed into Nonnatus House. Valerie has to deal with a shocking case that arrives unexpectedly, while the other midwives must take on a complicated multiple birth case.

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Air date: Apr 7, 2019

Lucille helps elderly hoarder Clarice Millgrove who is struggling to keep her independence. Sister Hilda and the team work hard to help a Ghanaian family with an undiagnosed illness.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2019

Valerie helps a struggling mother accept her son's birth defect. The Turners oversee a measles vaccination trial at the clinic as the team prepare for the Whitsun bank holiday.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2019

The team try to unite an estranged mother and daughter who are both pregnant. Trixie's friend is devastated to discover she is pregnant.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2019

Trixie cares for a young woman who is diagnosed with an intersex condition, whilst a husband suffers with inexplicable pains similar to his wife's pregnancy symptoms.

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Air date: May 5, 2019

Mother Mildred returns and helps a docker family tackle end-stage pneumoconiosis. Lucille cares for an unmarried teenage mother who wants to keep her baby.

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Air date: May 12, 2019

Drama based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth about midwifery and family life in London's East End during the 1950s.

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Air date: May 19, 2019

Sister Hilda digs deep to give her terminally-ill patient her final wish whilst the Turners must prepare to say goodbye to May. Fred and Reggie are keeping secrets from each other.

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Christmas 1963 sees the midwives face the challenge of the coldest winter for 300 years. Battling snow, ice and power cuts, the midwives strive to provide the best possible care for their patients.

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As Christmas approaches, a bout of influenza sweeps through both Nonnatus House and the Turner family. When Mother Mildred declares that God is calling her to set up a branch house in the Outer Hebrides, it seems an ideal opportunity for the nuns and midwives to convalesce in the bracing Scottish air. As they recover, they will also be able to help the island, where there is a nursing and doctor shortage. Sister Monica Joan associates the Outer Hebrides with St Eustace's White Stag, a symbol of Christ, and is thrilled at the idea of travelling there. However, she soon discovers to her annoyance that she is being left behind with Sister Hilda and Sister Frances. Within a week, Dr Turner, Shelagh, Mother Mildred, Trixie, Sister Julienne, Valerie and Lucille set off on their journey to the Outer Hebrides, where they are to stay in a freezing cold converted church.

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At the start of season eight, it's spring of 1964 and everyone is excited for the Queen's Royal Birth. With the additions of two new Sisters, who have been sent to live and work with the team in Poplar, Nonnatus House feels full once more.

Cast & Crew

Jennifer Kirby
Nurse Valerie Dyer
Leonie Elliott
Nurse Lucille Anderson
Ella Bruccoleri
Sister Frances
Fenella Woolgar
Sister Hilda
Jennifer A Agutter
Sister Julienne
Georgie Glen
Miss Higgins
Stephen McGann
Dr. Patrick Turner
Trevor Cooper
Sergeant Woolf
April Rae Hoang
May Tang
Vanessa Redgrave
Mature Jenny (voice)
Helen George
Trixie Franklin
Alice Brown
Angela Turner
Laura Main
Shalagh Turner (formerly Shelagh Turner)
Linda Bassett
Nurse Phyllis Crane
Judy Parfitt
Sister Monica Joan
Annabelle Apsion
Violet Buckle
Max Macmillan
Timothy Turner
Zephryn Taitte
Cyril Robinson
Christiana Ebohon Green
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Critic Reviews for Call the Midwife Season 8

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

The period drama has become such a festive TV tradition that reviewing it feels almost churlish - like reviewing my grandma's Christmas card.

Dec 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This was a return to form: an absorbingly paced, perfectly judged slice of Sunday-night pleasure.

Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Although you know full well it deals in schmaltz and shameless heartstring-pulling, Call the Midwife exerts a strange power.

Jan 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Would that the dialogue and characters enjoyed the same loving attention as the preggers ladies or the props.

Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Now in its latest season, Call The Midwife is a well-oiled machine. It's part Pollyanna, part Shortland Street and part Dr Phil.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

The toasty, Victoria Wood-style humour of Call the Midwife was as ever balanced by a clear-eyed look at the tougher side of life for women of the time.

Jan 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Call the Midwife: Season 8

  • Sep 22, 2019
    Season 8 was horrific. I used to love the show when it was based upon Jenny Lee's true memoirs, but season 8 descended into pure social justice swill. It showed midwives forcibly removed elderly patients from their homes in the name of the law and helping young girls to leave their families by offering them government welfare. To make it worse, the season focused heavily on the horrors of abortion, only to come to the conclusion, in the last 5 minutes of the final episode, that the act of murdering babies and destroying lives would somehow be made better if it were legalized by the government. And it even showed the abortionist/murderess in a forgiving light. I'm disgusted. Never watching the show again.

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