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Call the midwife

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JazzAnnNonMouse Sun 20-Jan-13 19:41:26


catinthesnow Sun 20-Jan-13 21:11:24

She gave her children milk and alcohol to make them sleep while she was out but left a lit cigarette and the house caught fire.

ShowOfHands Sun 20-Jan-13 21:13:43

He definitely prostituted her in the book. I remember it. But didn't the midwives go round and find the dc alone? I'm sure I remember her peering through the letterbox and the dc are abandoned and filthy. It's been a long time since I read it though.

NettoSuperstar Sun 20-Jan-13 21:30:03

I'm sure she had more than one child in the book, I don't think there was a fire either.

The ship's girl, I think it was Chummy who went to her, and delivered the baby, and when she went back the following morning, the ship had gone.

Waswondering Sun 20-Jan-13 21:39:12

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PenelopePisstop Sun 20-Jan-13 21:40:55

And all those very handsome sailors :-)

Heavywheezing Sun 20-Jan-13 21:55:50

Thanks. I could only see the house on fire as well so I don't know what happened there either. But now I know.

ImKateandsoismywife Sun 20-Jan-13 22:03:04

Whos the actress that played Molly's mum? Shes so familiar but I can't place her! I love call the midwife and I'm so glad to see it back on smile

Shesparkles Sun 20-Jan-13 22:09:45

Was Molly's mum the woman who played Mandy Jordache (of body under the patio) in Brookside? Might not be, but she keeps coming to mind

MN044 Sun 20-Jan-13 22:14:42

Didn't she play Perks' wife in the Railway Children? I thought she was quite old then, but she can't have been!

ImKateandsoismywife Sun 20-Jan-13 22:20:38

I'm off to google and will report back, I'm sure I will kick myself when I work it out!

PenelopePisstop Sun 20-Jan-13 22:21:47

Bloody hell mno44 yes that's who she is! Well done you, that would've bugged me all night. As you say, she looked old then, but my mum looked older years ago than she does now :-)

GW297 Sun 20-Jan-13 22:23:11

I think she might have been in eastenders or something.

threesocksmorgan Sun 20-Jan-13 22:33:32


leaharrison11 Sun 20-Jan-13 22:45:06

So glad this is back on, cry every time tho ha

Clawdy Sun 20-Jan-13 22:45:36

Thought the bit with the blonde woman screeching and wanting gas and air was really badly acted...not a good start. The rest was fine,but I did think the abused wife was rather smartly dressed for someone living in supposed squalor. She just didn't look right.

ImKateandsoismywife Sun 20-Jan-13 22:46:26

Wow Threesocksmorgan I could kiss you! I was getting nowhere with google and it would have driven me crazy grin

threesocksmorgan Sun 20-Jan-13 23:13:58

I had to find out once i read this, i knew her from some where

mowbraygirl Sun 20-Jan-13 23:40:56

Really enjoyed tonights episode. At the end where they showed Mollys mum with the baby and little girl the baby was in a Silver Cross Carlton pram which wasn't manufactured till late 60's early 70's whereas the series was set in the 1950's. I bought mine in 1973 for my DD and my DS is now using it for his first DS.

JazzAnnNonMouse Mon 21-Jan-13 04:10:59

The episode started at 1958 so might be possible that the ending coincided with the pram manufacture? They're normally historically accurate, it would annoy me too to find out it wasn't!

Adversecamber Mon 21-Jan-13 08:26:20

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JazzAnnNonMouse Mon 21-Jan-13 08:30:10

I cry and smile and laugh at every episode too - brilliant tv!

hackmum Mon 21-Jan-13 08:50:11

Yes, in the book it's Chummy who does the delivery on the ship - I can see why for tv they had to have two midwives there, so one could voice out loud what the problem was. But I thought they were far too relaxed about the fact that the girl was being used as a prostitute by the whole ship - if the ship had stayed rather than sailed off (as in the book), surely they would have felt obliged to report it to the police? Or at least expressed more horror about it?

I don't remember the DV story from the book but have obviously just forgotten it.

Am I right in thinking that at one point Chummy says "you are six fingers dilated"? (Which is impossible, of course.) Or did I mishear?

ppeatfruit Mon 21-Jan-13 08:54:36

Such heartbreaking stories I cried as well. Yes apart from the screaming woman (i don't remember going to sleep with gas and air it must 've been stronger then or something grin) I reckon this is one of the best acted, written and directed things on telly.

JazzAnnNonMouse Mon 21-Jan-13 09:00:06

I certainly didn't go to sleep with gas and air - must've been better back then!

Clawdy Mon 21-Jan-13 09:15:23

I wondered about that pram,too. Not sure they always get it right, think Chummy made a joke about Speedy Gonzales to the screaming Pat Boone fan,and that record wasn't released till the early sixties.

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