Call the Midwife, Season 3
(Rochester, NY) – PBS transports viewers back to East London on the eve of the Swinging Sixties when the British drama Call the Midwife returns to WXXI-TV for a third season on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 8 p.m. The third season opens in 1959 as the winds of change are sweeping through the country. Throughout the season, viewers will follow the joys and heartbreak of the midwives as they continue to care for members of the Poplar community and face management changes at Nonnatus House.
In the premiere episode, the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premises and welcome Sister Winifred, a warm-hearted, innocent young woman. Sister Monica Joan’s increasingly eccentric behavior causes concern, and Chummy decides she wants to return to midwifery.
The series continues in April and May with the following episodes:
Episode 2 (Premieres Sunday, April 6, 2014, 8 p.m.)
Trixie and Jenny’s relationship falters, but is eventually restored. Cynthia, inspired by a lecture on the art of natural childbirth, helps a patient experience a peaceful, calm birth. Alec and his friends try to persuade Jenny to go on a nuclear disarmament march.
Episode 3 (Premieres Sunday, April 13, 2014, 8 p.m.)
Sister Julienne and Trixie assist a pregnant prison inmate who’s worried that social services will take her baby. Sister Julienne puts her reputation on the line to help mother and child stay together. Shelagh suffers heartbreak when a routine pregnancy check turns out to be something far more serious. For Chummy’s birthday, Fred gets tickets for the gang to see My Fair Lady, but they’re turned away at the box office.
Episode 4 (Premieres Sunday, April 20, 2014, 8 p.m.)
Jenny’s patient Leah is struggling to cope with her mother’s agoraphobia. When her husband is offered a new job and home, Leah can’t leave her mother after all they experienced in the Holocaust. With help from Sister Winifred, Mrs. Rubin steps outside for the first time in 12 years. Alec asks Jenny to go to Brighton for the weekend, but she questions his intentions. Shelagh takes over the local choir and helps bring it back to life.
Episode 5 (Premieres Sunday, April 27, 2014, 8 p.m.)
The midwives discover that a young Down Syndrome woman is six months pregnant, leading to difficult confessions and decisions. Dr. Turner suggests that Shelagh take over the running of Nonnatus House to allow an exhausted Sister Julienne to recuperate. Patsy, a new nurse, arrives. With her no-nonsense, hard-working attitude and sense of humor, she’s an immediate hit with the nuns and midwives.
Episode 6 (Premieres Sunday, May 4, 2014, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
Tom, the local curate, asks Trixie to join him for a day of cricket. She accepts, but the date is disastrous. Shelagh decides to talk to Dr. Turner about adopting a baby. Patsy, struggling to adapt to the unpredictable and chaotic life that midwifery brings, upsets a young mother in the clinic.
Episode 7 (Premieres Sunday, May 11, 2014, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
Sister Julienne calms an anxious new mother who has put her baby in danger. Jenny, seconded to The London, is impressed with the facilities, but soon begins to see cracks in the establishment. Chummy is upset to learn that her mother has walked out on her father, leaving Lady Browne penniless. As Dr. Turner and Shelagh continue the adoption process, they uncover a devastating secret.
Based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife was created and written by Heidi Thomas (“Cranford,” “Upstairs Downstairs”) and directed by a line-up of female directors including Thea Sharrock (“The Hollow Crown: Henry V”) and Juliet May (“Miranda,” “Scott and Bailey,” “Stella”). The first season was the biggest new drama on BBC One in more than a decade, and the second season averaged a consolidated viewership of more than 10 million in the U.K. Call the Midwife completed its second season run in the U.S. in May 2013, and audiences and critics in the U.S. were equally effusive, with Season 2 breaking the top ten spot in ratings on PBS, scoring 58 percent above the 2012-2013 season-to-date primetime average, and claiming the title of Top Rated Drama on Amazon.com.
Call the Midwife stars Jessica Raine as Jenny Lee, along with Jenny Agutter (“The Railway Children,” “Spooks”) as Sister Julienne, Pam Ferris (“Little Dorrit,” “Darling Buds of May”) as Sister Evangelina, Miranda Hart (“Miranda”) as Chummy, Judy Parfitt (“Little Dorrit,” Girl With a Pearl Earring), who was nominated for a 2013 Satellite Award for her work as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George (“Hollyoaks,” “Doctors”) as Trixie Franklin, Bryony Hannah (Cemetery Junction) as Cynthia Miller, Laura Main (“Monarch of the Glen”) as Shelagh and Cliff Parisi (“EastEnders”) as Fred. Vanessa Redgrave provides the voice of the mature Jenny.
Pictured from L-R: Helen George as Trixie, Miranda Hart as Chummy, Jessica Raine as Jenny, Bryony Hannah as Cynthia
Credit: Courtesy of Jonathan Ford/©Neal Street Productions 2013
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