Series 1 is the first series of Call the Midwife and was originally broadcast in 2012 on BBC One.

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Series 1


Episode Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers

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1 Episode 1 Philippa Lowthorpe Heidi Thomas 15 January 2012 9.83
In 1957, Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) arrives for her new job at Nonnatus House, a nursing convent in the Poplar district of London. The convent is home to a small order of nuns consisting of Sisters Julienne (Jenny Agutter), Evangelina (Pam Ferris), Bernadette (Laura Main), and Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt). Two other midwives, Trixie Franklin (Helen George) and Cynthia Miller (Bryony Hannah), already work at the convent, as does handyman Fred (Cliff Parisi). Jenny also meets local physician Dr. Patrick Turner (Stephen McGann). After some initial difficulties fitting in, Jenny's first assigned expectant mother is Conchita Warren, a Spanish woman who already has a huge family. Conchita suffers a concussion in a fall, which also triggers premature labour, making Jenny's first delivery a traumatic and difficult one which she must handle alone.
2 Episode 2 Philippa Lowthorpe Heidi Thomas 22 January 2012 10.47
New midwife Camilla Fortescue-Cholmondeley-Browne, nicknamed Chummy (Miranda Hart), arrives at the convent to begin work. She hails from an upper-class background and aspires to become a Christian missionary, but finds getting to grips with her new job difficult and Sister Evangelina a harsh critic. While struggling to learn to ride a bicycle (which the midwives use to make their rounds), she encounters local policeman Peter Noakes (Ben Caplan). Meanwhile, Jenny befriends Mary, a pregnant teenaged girl from Ireland, who was forced into prostitution upon her arrival in London but wants to try to make a better life for herself and her child. Ultimately, reflecting the morals of the era, Mary's baby is removed from her after the birth.
3 Episode 3 Philippa Lowthorpe Jack Williams 29 January 2012 10.66
While undertaking district nursing work, Jenny befriends Joe, an elderly former soldier who now lives alone in a run-down, roach-infested flat, in a tenement block which has been condemned. Jenny attempts to revive his spirits by helping him attend an upcoming reunion of his old regiment. Meanwhile, Trixie and Cynthia deal with the case of a woman in her forties who is upset at having become pregnant comparatively late in life, even though her husband is delighted at the prospect. It is later revealed that her reluctance to give birth is because she knows that the child will be dark-skinned, the result of a brief affair. When the child is born, her husband adores the baby nevertheless.
4 Episode 4 Jamie Payne Esther Wilson 5 February 2012 10.89
Jenny delivers a baby girl to Shirley Redmond, but soon afterwards the newborn disappears from her pram, leading to a tense and widespread search. Following a hunch, Jenny discovers the child was snatched by Mary, the Irish girl whom she had befriended previously and who was left traumatised by having her own child taken from her. At Jenny's request, the nuns of Nonnatus House petition the police not to prosecute the young runaway. Meanwhile, Cynthia deals with the case of a middle-aged headmaster and his young wife who are expecting their first child, but the couple are devastated when the wife is afflicted by eclampsia.
5 Episode 5 Jamie Payne Harriet Warner 12 February 2012 10.42
The nuns and midwives come to the assistance of their cleaner, Peggy, whose brother has been diagnosed with cancer. While caring for him, Jenny learns about how the siblings grew up together in a harsh workhouse and how they developed an incestuous relationship which has persisted ever since. Meanwhile, Fred has acquired a pig and plans to make money by selling its bacon, but he soon discovers the pig is pregnant and can no longer bring himself to raise it for food. He enlists the help of the midwives, who for once must assist in the birth of animals rather than humans.
6 Episode 6 Jamie Payne Heidi Thomas 19 February 2012 11.41
Sister Monica Joan, whose mental health has long been a concern, contracts pneumonia after roaming the streets at night in a state of emotional distress and is subsequently arrested for theft and put on trial. Meanwhile, Chummy's mother visits her to pass judgement on PC Noakes, whom the midwife is courting, but the aristocratic but now impoverished Lady Browne clearly does not approve of her daughter's relationship with a working-class man. Desperate to please her mother, Chummy decides that the only course of action is to end her relationship with the policeman. The other midwives convince her to change her mind, and the episode concludes with the couple's wedding

Cast Edit

Midwives Edit

Jessica Raine as Jennifer Lee
Vanessa Redgrave as Mature Jenny
Helen George as Trixie Franklin
Bryonny Hannah as Cynthia Miller
Miranda Hart as Camilla Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne

Nuns Edit

Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne
Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina
Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan
Laura Main as Sister Bernadette

Other Edit

Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle
Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner
Ben Caplan as Peter Noakes
George Rainsford as Jimmy Wilson

Guest Stars Edit

Emma Noakes as Shirley Redmond (Episode 4)
Amy McAllister as Mary (Episodes 2 & 4)
Roy Hudd as Joe Collett (Episode 3)
Tina O'Brian as Cathy Powell (Episode 6)
Carolina Valdes as Conchita Warren (Episode 1)

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