Watch Sundays at 8pm starting April 3, 2016 on WMHT TV
Season 5 opens in the year 1961, and Poplar is beginning to feel the winds of social change with the improvements in housing, sanitation and healthcare. But for the midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House, it’s business as usual, as they continue to care for the sick and bring new life into the world. The personal and professional lives of the nurses remain entwined, as events in their work impact on their personal choices.
Throughout the season, the midwives encounter complex and challenging medical cases, ranging from an outbreak of typhoid to the increase in lung cancer, a teenage pregnancy and a mother who vanishes. But all are rocked when two babies with severe deformities are born under their care, several months apart from one another. As they struggle to understand why, they must find ways to deal with the resulting medical and emotional fallout.
Episode 1 | Sunday, April 3 at 8pm
Witness a couple’s disagreement over the future of their child, born without arms and legs. Patsy, elated to find Delia fully recovered from her accident, is dismayed to learn that Delia’s mother wants her to move back home to Wales.
Episode 2 | Sunday, April 10 at 8pm
Barbara is caught between a stressed expectant mother and her impecunious husband. Sister Evangeline’s vocal objection to the sale of baby formula distresses a new mother who’s unable to breastfeed.
Episode 3 | Sunday, April 17 at 8pm
Learn why the pressure is on at Nonnatus House to find the source of a dangerous case of typhoid. Witness the reactions to an unwed schoolteacher’s pregnancy.
Episode 4 | Sunday, April 24 at 8pm
See how Sister Julienne’s faith is tested by a limbless child and how a teenage pregnancy poses a problem for a young man who must choose between pursuing his studies or staying in the tenements to provide for his fiancée and their child.
Episode 5 | Sunday, May 1 at 8pm
Learn why professionals like the Turners are reassessing their lifestyles as they fight for respiratory health for patients. See the unforeseen consequences of Fred’s oversight of Violet’s shop and how a new mother’s past wreaks havoc on her family.
Episode 6 | Sunday, May 8 at 8pm
See the consequences of a woman’s decision not to report a rape and a mother’s decision to conceal her daughter’s pregnancy. Shelagh and Timothy secretly organize a long-overdue family camping holiday.
Episode 7 | Sunday, May 15 at 8pm
Witness Dr. Turner’s excitement about the contraceptive pill, Patsy’s struggles to help a transient woman determined to avoid the maternity home, Nurse Crane’s help in a post-natal emergency and the return of Sister Evangelina.
Episode 8 | Sunday, May 22 at 8pm
Season 5 finale.