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S11E08 is the eighth episode of Series 11 and the 95th episode overall of Call the Midwife. It originally aired on 20 February 2022 in the UK.


Nonnatus House faces its darkest day after a tragic incident in the heart of Poplar. As the community rallies together, the team must overcome personal anguish to help the injured.


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  • This is the first episode not to include an opening narration by Mature Jenny.
  • This episode is dedicated to the memory of crew member, Kev Corbishley, who worked as a standby rigger in the camera and electrical department.
  • This episode marks the first time since Series 1 that an odd numbered series hasn't ended in the death of a major or supporting character.
  • The plotline of Carole's baby going in the grave with Mrs Carnie is based upon Stephen McGanns brothers who died at birth and went into a strangers grave.
  • Last appearance of Sister Hilda. Her exit is confirmed in the next episode.



Ann Corrigan
Lucille Robinson
Phyllis Crane


Sister Julienne
Sister Monica Joan
Sister Frances
Sister Hilda (final appearance)


Edina Corbett
Carole Reece


Matthew Aylward
Patrick Turner
Shelagh Turner
Timothy Turner
Angela Turner
Edward Turner
May Tang
Frederick Buckle
Violet Buckle
Reggie Jackson
Cyril Robinson
Miss Higgins
Dorothy Carnie
Pauline Brettell


Sister Monica Joan: I have combed glass from the hair of victims in the Blitz. The shards go everywhere. In flesh, in clothing... We must prepare for burns. And who knows... what other terrors.

- Sister Monica Joan to Cyril.

Sister Hilda: She does not, and will not know she is a widow until the birth is over. She has hard work to do, and I will not be the one who makes that work impossible.

- Sister Hilda to Miss Higgins about Edina Corbett.

Sister Julienne: So much of my life has been about waiting: Waiting for the telephone to ring. Waiting for babies to arrive. Waiting for God. And even he can take his time.

- Sister Julienne while she and Dr. Turner sit trapped in the train carriage.

Edina: It cannot be true. It is too much of a disaster. You have to say this is not true. You have to say this is a mistake!

Sister Hilda: I wish I could. I wish from the bottom of my heart I could. But there can be no doubt. Miss Higgins has spoken to the police.

Edina: (To Miss Higgins) It is true?

Miss Higgins: (Shaking her head sadly) I am so very sorry.

- Sister Hilda and Miss Higgins break the bad news to Edina about her husband Lionel.

Sister Frances: We've tried to keep the ship afloat. To be what people needed us to be. Without Sister Julienne, we've been like a ship without a rudder.

Sister Monica Joan: What will befall us if she does not return?

Sister Frances: I'll tell you what will befall us. Nonnatus House will sink... and we will drown.

- A tearful Sister Frances painting a very bleak picture of life at Nonnatus House without Sister Julienne.

Phyllis: Mr. Aylward? Is this a convent or a branch of the YMCA?

- Phyllis after Matthew comes out of the bathroom.

Phyllis: Sorry to disturb. Once you're both up, dressed and downstairs, we can discuss what the alarm clock has done to offend.

- Phyllis wakes up Nancy and Sister Frances.

Phyllis: My investigation into how Leatherbarrow, Mary ended up in Section U remains ongoing.

Nancy: She had ulcers.

Phyllis: Don't push it.

- Phyllis is displeased to find her Rolodex is a mess.

Life so often is about things we make ourselves. The homes we build, the food we share, the children we carry in our arms. We turn trial into survival, tears into courage, and friendship into everlasting bonds. We weave our ties by hand, the kisses on a letter, the ribbon round a gift, the flowers sown and grown and picked and offered up. Love is our foundation and our roof. Our walls, our hearth, our window on the world. Love is our beginning and knows no end.

- Mature Jenny's closing narration.