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S6: The Secret of Call the Midwife

Aired: 2017-05-08 12:00:00 2:00 Rating: TV-PG

Cast and series creator discuss the the show's universal appeal.

Season 6 Episode Guide

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Season 6: Episode 1: April 2, 2017

The midwives receive a rapturous and warm welcome home from their South African adventure, but all is not well at Nonnatus House. In their absence, Sister Ursula has been running a very tight ship and it is quickly announced that she will remain in charge at Nonnatus House, above Sister Julienne.

The midwives are drawn into helping Trudy, a heavily pregnant mother whose husband has just been released from prison for extortion. Gradually, the problems below the surface of their marriage become clear. Trapped and with no clear way out, Trudy's suffering sends shock waves through Nonnatus House, most noticeably affecting Sister Mary Cynthia who is experiencing increased anxiety following her recent attack.

Elsewhere, Shelagh harbors a secret and struggles to tell Dr. Turner, and Patsy receives some distressing news about her father in Hong Kong.

Season 6: Episode 2: April 9, 2017

Sister Ursula continues to reign with an iron fist and the midwives at Nonnatus House struggle to toe the line, especially when she insists they must not be emotionally involved with their patients. This unpopular new edict is immediately put to the test when new father George Marsh is badly burnt in an explosion at the docks and is unable to support his new family, and when expectant mother Penny Reed and her anxious husband Derek are brought to the attention of Nonnatus House.

Penny and Derek both have achondroplasia (colloquially known as dwarfism) and problems with the pregnancy are anticipated, including their baby being stillborn or only living for a short time. As the midwives prepare the Reeds for an infant that may not live, their unconditional devotion to one another and to their unborn child makes a deep impact, especially on Patsy, who is facing one of her toughest decisions yet.

Elsewhere, barmaid Valerie Dyer's quick thinking catches Shelagh's attention when they are first on hand to deal with the casualties at the dock fire. Shelagh is appalled by the general lack of basic health and safety in the docks and strives to make a difference to the men that work there.  Dr. Turner and Shelagh also share the happy news of Shelagh's pregnancy with their children.

Season 6: Episode 3: April 16, 2017

The winds of change are blowing through Poplar, as a new government paper calls for the eradication of small hospitals in favor of large general hospitals. Dr. Turner and Shelagh are informed that an inspection of the maternity home will decide its fate.

Sister Ursula has her own anxieties about the efficiency of Nonnatus House, so she introduces a new 20-minute rule for all antenatal and postnatal house visits. Barbara struggles the most with this, as she is drawn into helping a first-time mother from the Chinese community.  It soon becomes apparent that the shortened visit might have allowed a serious oversight. With the future of the maternity home hanging by a thread, serious questions are raised over Sister Ursula's suitability for her role.

Meanwhile, Sister Monica Joan has started disappearing for long periods of time and there are growing concerns for Sister Mary Cynthia's whereabouts.

Season 6: Episode 4: April 23, 2017

An expectant mother buckles under the strains of pregnancy. As Tom provides pastoral care, he reveals why this case has touched him more than most.

Season 6: Episode 5: April 30, 2017

Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit, Nurse Valerie Dyer. A vulnerable young man captures the hearts of the Fred and Violet whilst the whereabouts of Sister Mary Cynthia causes distress amongst the team.

Season 6: Episode 6: May 7, 2017

Valerie Dyer oversees the care of an expectant Somali woman and is shocked when she uncovers a troubling aspect to this unfamiliar culture. The Nonnatus family unites to provide the very best care for Sister Mary Cynthia.

Season 6: Episode 7: May 14, 2017

Dr. Turner helps a family cope with the stresses of caring for a disabled child as the terrible legacy of thalidomide becomes apparent. Nurse Crane faces an unexpected crisis.

Season 6: Episode 8: May 21, 2017

An unexpected turn of events leads to a wedding being hastily arranged. Shelagh finally goes into labor. The arrival of the pill leads to unforeseen consequences.

About Call the Midwife

It's now 1962 and times are changing, from the beacon of the contraceptive pill and the shadow of infamous gangsters the Krays, to the new welfare policies introduced by the government. Back in Poplar, when the rather austere Sister Ursula is appointed the new head of Nonnatus House, Sister Julienne finds herself demoted and working back alongside the midwives as an ordinary member of staff. She is not the only one to face challenges closer to home. As they strive to help mothers and families cope with the demands of childbearing, disability, disease and social prejudice, our beloved medics must make choices - and fight battles - of their own. Season 6 sees them laugh together, cry together, and pull together, supporting each other as never before.

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