Monday, 18 January 2016

Call the Midwife - a hard hitting and emotional return for the hit BBCDrama

The first episode of the new run of this wonderful series began, with one of the most sensitively handled thalidomide storylines I have ever seen. The little daughter born to Rhoda and her husband has severe deformities of the limbs and so is hidden from mum until Dr Patrick has spoken to the Children's hospital . Meanwhile a sneaky visit to the nursery unaccompanied, sends proud dad scurrying off with cries of "monster". 

Having proven her will to live, the feisty little girl is finally given to Mum who falls instantly in love. Her dedication to make life as normal as possible for the little mite and the gentle acceptance of her other two children brings Dad around. Shock, more than real animosity being the real reason for his railing.

How we treat disability is still an issue today, but in a time where disabled children were sent to facilities and unwed mothers to "Homes" the affects of  thalidomide for new mothers must have been tremendously traumatic when the true extent of it's awful side effects first began to become apparent.

The rest of the episode was focused on the problem in older ladies of prolapsed wombs 

and the ongoing plot threads of Trixie and her alcoholism recovery, this week she is distracting herself  by forcing the nurses into Keep Fit classes.

 Patsy and Delia are still trying to find a way  to stay together in London and the burgeoning relationship between Tom and Barbara , that the otherwise distracted Trixie is only now starting to realise is happening.

This type of nostalgic Sunday night drama is generally considered "cosy", but closer inspection; shows the true depth of the writing and the courage of the writers to really address the hard hitting issues of the day that still resonate today. The characters are like old friends so we always feel safe with Call the Midwife, even when the subject matter is troubling and sad.

Bravo BBC One.

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