The BBC have confirmed first details of the upcoming new series of Call the Midwife. Following on from the special from Christmas Day the new series will be set in 1961 and Poplar is beginning to feel the winds of social change – along with improvements in housing, sanitation and healthcare.
But for the midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House who care for the sick and bring new life into the world, it’s business as usual. The personal and professional worlds of the nurses remain entwined, as events in their work impact on their personal lives.
The Episode one synopsis reads: “Easter is approaching, and for the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House it’s as busy as ever, as babies are born to myriad families across the borough. One such delivery brings with it its own set of shocks, when Patsy helps experienced mother Rhoda Mullucks give birth to a baby with severe deformities. As the mother refuses to reject her new-born child, the father struggles to come to terms with the harsh realities of his daughter’s problems. Support and intervention from those at Nonnatus House proves invaluable as they try to rebuild this loving family.
Meanwhile, the new exercise craze has reached Poplar, led by Nonnatus’ very own Trixie. But when she starts teaching a Keep Fit class, the exercises lead to a medical emergency for one of her group. The experience leads her to realise that women sometimes lack a basic understanding of their own bodies, and she aims to rectify it – one patient at a time.”
Call the Midwife returns for a fifth series on Sunday 17th January at 8.00pm on BBC One