Call the Mid­wife

Sun­day 11 Feb, 8.00pm BBC1 Drama

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Fears grow for Sis­ter Mon­ica Joan (Judy Parfitt) this week, when Fred (Cliff Parisi) dis­cov­ers the nun has se­cretly been us­ing a strong mag­ni­fy­ing glass to aid with her read­ing. Wor­ried that Sis­ter Mon­ica Joan’s eye­sight is worse than any­one thought, Sis­ter Juli­enne (Jenny Agut­ter) ar­ranges for her to see Dr Turner (Stephen McGann), who di­ag­noses cataracts and sends her to a spe­cial­ist. Without an op­er­a­tion, Sis­ter Mon­ica Joan will most cer­tainly go blind…

When she re­lapses into al­co­holism, the nurse de­cides to seek help away from Non­na­tus House

Con­fronted by past demons, Nurse Trixie Franklin is forced to make a tough de­ci­sion about her fu­ture in this week’s Call the Mid­wife.

Not want­ing to cause a rift between her boyfriend, Christo­pher, and his daugh­ter, Alexan­dra, Trixie re­luc­tantly split from the dash­ing den­tist last week. Un­able to cope with her heart­break, how­ever, re­cov­er­ing al­co­holic Trixie was soon driven to drink...

Caught out

‘It didn’t feel right to for­get the al­co­holism be­cause it’s an on-go­ing strug­gle,’ says He­len Ge­orge, who plays Trixie. ‘Sis­ter Juli­enne and Nurse Crane know about Trixie’s al­co­holism, but it’s a prob­lem that’s eas­ier for Trixie not to face up to.’

Af­ter a lo­cal wo­man gives birth to a baby girl, mid­wife Trixie gladly ac­cepts a ‘tip­ple’ from the new mum’s hus­band to wel­come the new ar­rival. But Nurse Crane finds out and con­fronts Trixie.

As Trixie vows to re­turn to her AA meet­ings, Nurse Crane prom­ises not to re­port her. Later, though, Trixie re­alises that, if she’s to get well again, she needs to do it on her own away from Poplar.

‘It be­comes a nat­u­ral con­clu­sion for Trixie to take time out,’ says

He­len, who went on ma­ter­nity leave from the show to have her own daugh­ter.

‘It was odd not be­ing there while ev­ery­one else was still hav­ing fun,’ she ad­mits. ‘I did miss them.’

Wor­ried… Sis­ter Juli­enne (in­set) is con­cerned about Sis­ter Mon­ica Joan’s eye­sight

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