Call The Midwife, wow what can be said except it was the most tear-jerking episode of the series so far! It’s hard to believe that Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) has gone and that we were given a few glimmers of hope throughout the episode before the tragic end came! What a traumatic viewing experience, yet absolutely brilliantly done as usual. My tears were rolling once Phyllis (Linda Bassett) finally lost her cool and let out all of her pent up emotion. Here’s the full review… (whilst I hiccup and sob some more):
Barbara seems better…
Barbara appears to be pulling through the Meningitis and Septicaemia, to the point where Phyllis is standing guard over her bed with a schedule for visitors and the staff looking after the poorly midwife are pleased with her progress. Tom (Jack Ashton) starts to talk about a different life away from midwifery where they could raise their own family. Everything appears to be positive…
Sister Monica Joan
Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) is refusing to wear her spectacles and indeed to eat due to her sorrow for Barbara. It’s a relief to see her wearing her specs when she visits her treasured colleague and friend. Even a brief scene like that. Judy Parfitt can make her own in the most marvellous way – what a terrific actress.
Lucille’s (Leonie Elliott) faith is very much at the centre of this week’s episode and it’s apt in a way, considering later events. It shows another side to Lucille’s character and gave another fine opportunity for Leonie Elliott to show us what she’s capable of, Lucille is fast becoming a favourite of mine. I’m so glad she found her place of worship in the end.
Shelagh to the rescue
With a midwife down, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) is keen to call in Shelagh (Laura Main) to save the day. I wonder if Shelagh might return to her previous profession now she’s had a taste for it again. I do enjoy watching her in her rightful place as a midwife.
Farewell to a much loved character
The lift that Barbara’s health took was a smoke-screen as she succumbed to her illness in the end. I’m devastated at the loss of such a fantastic character and I will miss Charlotte Ritchie. It was heart breaking to watch Tom saying goodbye, yet somehow even harder to watch Phyllis deal with it. RIP Barbara, you’ll be much missed by more than just I, you’re the talk of Twitter!