Call the Midwife: Ep.8

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

William Shakespeare

SPOILER ALERT! THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

Sadly, it looks like this will be our last visit to 1950’s London for a while, being the last episode in the current series of Call the Midwife. I’m pretty sure I’ve missed at least one episode, but really it’s not hard to follow.

This week, Chummy prepares to have her baby, Sister Bernadette wonders about her future and the irrepressible Jimmy tries to get Jenny to move on.

I don’t know why, but I thought the sets looked awful this week, fake and Disneyfied and plasticky. The whole thing was sugary and pastel-coloured and oddly unrealistic, given that the series is allegedly based on a true story. And I just couldn’t believe in Chummy’s illness; when she croaked out “A boy” upon seeing her baby for the first time I had to fight an overwhelming urge to laugh, it just sounded so much like someone playing a zombie or something in a Scary Movie.

I know Call the Midwife is always like this, moralising and domestic and slightly surreal, it’s just that this week, it was…a bit much. And not really very interesting, either.

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