As Christmas approaches, an outbreak of measles hits Poplar. Meanwhile, Tom receives an intriguing offer from the BBC, a face from Patsy's past returns, and Sister Monica Joan goes missing.



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Alice Brown ...
Angela Turner
Max Macmillan ...
Iris Willens
Stephanie Clift ...
Rosemary McConlough


There are mixed reactions from the midwives when they hear that a television crew will be filming their church carol service featuring the local children's choir. An outbreak of measles amongst the choristers almost stops the show but fortunately Shelagh comes up with a solution whilst Patsy and Barbara join Tom in taking a party of children to see the Regent Street lights where Patsy is reunited with an old flame. Meanwhile Sister Monica Joan, after a row with Sister Evangelina, disappears again, causing alarm until Phyllis picks up on where she may have gone and down-trodden church cleaner Iris and her husband have a happy Christmas surprise. Written by don @ minifie-1

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O the TV
26 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

TV as a character appearing in this episode. Go to the end. Spoiler. Sister Monica Joan is happy a new TV is in the house. She says it is the key to modern life. She had really tried to go home for Christmas, but they say you can't go home again. She was missing for days, but found her old family's mansion now occupied by what looked like hippie squatters. Or ban the bomb idealists, anyway. She gets rescued, and goes back to that place from which she ran away.

TV dominates. The church is supposed to be the setting for a televised Christmas special starring the children's choir, but the kiddies are out ill. The sisters and nurses end up doing the singing. The producer said he didn't want anyone looking poor, but I wondered wasn't this a series about a poor neighborhood? He should have gone to a posh neighborhood, complete with high tea and crumpets. The children were out sick anyway, banished with their poor parents to offstage, anyway.

No wonder ppl say this show is worse than Downton Abbey. DA has expensive production values, even thougih it talks about impoverished titled aristocrats. CTM talks about poor people, diseases, filthy njjasty non-anesthetized childbirth and lack of medical attention in some cases.

CTM denizens are way poorer than the servant/downstairs class in Downton Abbey. DA looks all fancy, but most of the ppl in Call the Midwife are way nicer. I still like Call the Midwife, and Mr. Selfridge, way better than Downton Abbey. I only watched Downton Abbey to see Shirley MacLaine, and she hasn't been on that much.

TV and Christmas trees. Too commercialized for stuffy old-time nundom, but so-called dotty Sister Monica Joan got her stubborn way and actually got both. Dotty indeed. Perhaps she knows a thing or two more than some others.

Children dying of measles. Absurd. Children nowadays get measles vaccine as part of early childhood. 1950s children had measles, but I haven't heard of its being fatal.

Dr. Turner a sweetie, as usual, but I gagged when he offered the cigarette to the father-to- be. Yuck.

Patrick (Turner's son?) got taller and had a deeper voice. I did know he was a musician.

Sister Evangelina decorating a Christmas tree. It looked nice. Nice town snow and Christmas decorations.


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