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Series 12 is the twelfth series of call the midwife. It ran from 1st January to 26th February 2023 on the BBC in the UK. Heidi Thomas returns to write and produce alongside Pippa Harris and Annie Tricklebank.

Plot[]

Series 12 opens with the characters recovering from the train crash that rocked the community, Dr Turner and Sister Julienne are back at their respective posts. However one post missing is that of Sister Hilda who was called back to the mother house, her absence makes extra work for Sister Frances who during a delivery falls off her bike and fractures her shoulder and is sent back to the mother house too. It is not all goodbyes however as Beatrix Franklin returns from Portofino and Matthew decides the time is right to propose, Trixie accepts the proposal and much of the series is about them planning their wedding and making plans for their life together. But in between the engagement and wedding is many issues for the district to face, including a gastroenteritis outbreak, a baby born with haemophilia, a case of martital rape and a clinic focused on child workers.

Lucille leaves for Jamaica

 A new nun by the name of Sister Veronica arrives to carry out the work of a health visitor, she has a bad habit of lying which got her into possession of a moped as opposed to the bikes the characters usually use but is largely good natured. Meanwhile Lucille and Cyril face hardships after their tragic experience of miscarriage they struggle to conceive again, Lucille begins to feel very homesick and the historical rivers of blood speech by Enoch Powell leading to an increase in racism and xenophobia in the district makes everything worse, she goes home to Jamaica for a while and Cyril stays Poplar, it turns out Lucille plans on spending an extended period of time in Jamaica and Cyril wonders if their relationship can survive it.  

Matthew and Trixie wedding

Other personal subplots for the characters include Nancy overspending on lavish gifts for Colette trying to compensate for what she feels Colette lacks, Phyllis Crane agrees to help her when she gets into serious debt. Timothy Turner returning to Poplar to help out at the clinic and maternity home and Reggie returning and being diagnosed with an underactive thyroid problem. But the biggest is Nonnatus House under threat yet again from a health board seeing the order as redundant but Sister Julienne is determined to keep their place in Poplar and Matthew Aylward agrees to buy Nonnatus House. The series ends with the long coming wedding of the shows longest serving staff midwife from that point known as Beatrix, Lady Aylward.  

Series 12 (2023)[]

No.overall Episode Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers

(millions) 

Special
96 Christmas Special Ann Tricklebank Heidi Thomas 25 December 2022 7.81
It is December 1967, and with Christmas fast approaching, life in Poplar is returning to normal after the terrible train crash.
The midwives move the maternity clinic into new premises and are delighted when one of their first patients through the door is Rhoda Mullocks, who the team know well. Rhoda is heavily pregnant and understandably nervous after her last baby was born with limbs affected by thalidomide.
Nurse Crane cares for a heavily pregnant single mother, recently released from prison, while Sister Frances is called out to deliver a Sylheti mother’s child in a garment factory in a rough area of Poplar.
Meanwhile, Fred decides that Poplar needs to come together to raise money for those families still affected by the train crash and pitches the wonderful idea of a festive talent show – Poplartunity Knocks!
Series
97 Episode 1 Syd Macartney Heidi Thomas 1 January 2023 6.74
It is April 1968 and change is coming to Nonnatus House. The sisters intend to make a good impression on new recruit Sister Veronica. It's clear she is no shrinking violet and will ruffle a few feathers. Racial tensions cast a shadow over Poplar following Enoch Powell’s incendiary ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech. Nancy and Trixie team up to support terminally ill patient, and Fred is saddened to receive an official letter confirming the disbandment of the Civil Defence Corps.
98 Episode 2 Syd Macartney Lena Rae 8 January 2023 7.23
It is May 1968, and the Nonnatus team are faced with challenging cases, one of which is much closer to home as Lucille struggles with her own health. At a coffee morning for expectant mothers, Sister Julienne meets heavily pregnant Lilian Reynolds, who is expecting her first child. However, after Lilian experiences some breast discomfort, she receives a devastating diagnosis.
Meanwhile, Shelagh is organising the Whitsun Maypole celebrations at the eleventh hour. She enlists Cyril, Fred, Dr Turner, Sister Monica Joan, Sister Veronica, Nancy, Violet and Miss Higgins to help, but the preparations for a Maypole dance routine are far from smooth.
99 Episode 3 Sarah Esdaile Nicola Wilson 15 January 2023 7.01
It’s June 1968, and a carefree Nancy continues to spoil Colette with new gifts. To afford such luxuries, Nancy asks Nurse Crane for additional duties, but things come to a head when Nancy is forced to acknowledge that her spending is getting out of control.
Sister Veronica visits the Talbot family and is delighted to see them celebrating a joyous occasion. Single mum Sandy has just married Joe Talbot, who treats her children, Peter and Ann Marie, like his own. However, Sister Veronica is shaken when Sandy reveals a terrible truth about her marriage, and encourages Sandy to seek help. Meanwhile, kinks remain in Sister Veronica and Nurse Crane’s working relationship.
100 Episode 4 Corin Campbell Hill Lucy Catherine 22 January 2023 6.92
When Nurse Crane attends a ventouse training course at St Cuthbert’s, her age is called into question by the consultant running the course, and she is summoned to a meeting with the Board of Health. She starts to question her own abilities and suffers a crisis of confidence whilst overseeing the care of Simone and Larry Lucas who are expecting their second child. They are a young couple living in a council flat, and when the seemingly straightforward delivery runs into problems, Nurse Crane faces the challenges of a traumatic delivery alone.
Meanwhile, Trixie enjoys caring for Vinita Khatri, who is expecting her third child. However, the maternity home is thrown into chaos when an emergency outbreak of gastroenteritis is declared. The team, joined by Sister Monica Joan, must dig deep to ensure all mothers and newborn babies recover from the worrying outbreak. Unfortunately, their actions have not gone unnoticed by the Board of Health, who are less than happy with the way things have been handled.
Reggie is home from the Glasshouse Village, but he is not his usual self. He is drained of energy and suffering some hair loss. Concerned, Violet and Fred try to work out what’s wrong, but it is not until Cyril encourages Reggie to seek help that they finally get some answers.
101 Episode 5 James Larkin Heidi Thomas 29 January 2023 6.70
Nancy oversees the care of Jill Mellor and her newborn baby, Mylene, a child she has had out of wedlock with Spencer Wray, a young man from the West Indies. Jill and Spencer live with his kind-hearted mother, Florence. Not long after the birth, Spencer’s behaviour starts to raise concerns as it becomes increasingly erratic. Worried, Nancy calls on Dr Turner who refers Spencer for an urgent psychiatric review, but as Spencer’s condition deteriorates more rapidly, things take a very unexpected and shocking turn.
Dr Turner and Sister Veronica arrange a men’s health talk at the surgery to discuss male contraception and a new procedure, the vasectomy. At the same time, Dr Turner and Nurse Crane care for Annette Berkley, who has rheumatic heart disease and has gone against doctor’s advice and fallen pregnant again.
When Matthew’s father, Sir Brigham, visits Poplar, relations between father and son are somewhat frosty at best. Matthew’s opinion of Poplar is markedly different from his father’s, as he has grown fond of the area and its residents over recent years. Matthew wants to invest more money in the borough, whereas Sir Brigham wants to sell up. With relations at an all-time low, Trixie is left to deliver Matthew some heartbreaking news.
102 Episode 6 David Tucker Sally Abbott 5 February 2023 6.99
Trixie supports an underage mother through a difficult time, Monica Joan welcomes an unusual guest to Nonnatus House, and Sister Veronica spearheads a new council initiative.
103 Episode 7 Ruth Platt Lisa Holdsworth 12 February 2023 6.85
It’s October 1968, and preparations for Trixie and Matthew’s wedding are underway. Nancy makes a home visit to Imelda O’Connor, who is pregnant with her second child, and is surprised that Imelda, her husband Maurice and young son Paul are living in a cramped caravan on a building site. Unbeknown to Nancy, the family’s circumstances quickly change when they are made homeless. When their plight is brought to the attention of Nonnatus house, Matthew is very vocal about his views.
Shelagh supports Rosemary Mason, who is expecting her fifth child with husband Arthur. They run a family business selling second-hand goods and also run a guesthouse. Shelagh is troubled by Rosemary’s symptoms and consults Dr Turner, who diagnoses Rosemary with hepatitis, a condition that leads to the revelation of a family secret.
Dr Turner soon notices a worrying rise in hepatitis cases throughout the district, and when the outbreak directly impacts the residents of Nonnatus House, the team rally to care for a beloved member. Elsewhere, Cyril returns home from Jamaica and is keen to throw himself into work. He volunteers at a homeless shelter for men and meets a young stricken man, Leon, who is struggling with addiction.
104 Episode 8 David Tucker Heidi Thomas 26 February 2023 7.23
Nonnatus House is abuzz with excitement as the countdown to Trixie and Matthew’s wedding begins. Whilst Sister Veronica has appointed herself in charge of organising the wedding gifts, Trixie’s brother, Geoffrey Franklin, arrives from Malta and immediately starts arranging the perfect hen do. However, the approaching nuptials cause stress levels to escalate as a catalogue of small and great disasters threaten to spoil the day.
Dr Turner, Shelagh and Timothy are first on the scene of a fatal car crash. Dr Turner experiences the biggest test of his career as they race against time to save a precious life.
Meanwhile, Nancy considers her future, and Sister Julienne hatches a plan to save Nonnatus House once and for all.

Cast[]

Midwives[]

Nuns[]

Supporting[]

Guest stars[]

  • Hiral Varsani as Zoya Patel (episode 1)
  • Phoebe Thomas as Greta Pickard (episode 1)
  • Richard James-Neale as Wally Pickard (episode 1)
  • Stella Gonet as Jessie Parris (episode 1)
  • Clare Burt as Olive Macketts (episode 1)
  • Lydia Larson as Lilian Reynolds (episode 2)
  • James Alexandrou as Ronnie Reynolds (episode 2)
  • Barry McCarthy as Tommy Woodleigh (episode 2)
  • Rose Riley as Sandy Talbot (episode 3)
  • Alice Skyes as Lorna Pryce (episode 3)
  • Sarah Ball as Joyce Fothergill (episode 3)
  • Annice Boparai as Vinita Khatri (episode 4)
  • Abby Russell as Simone Lucas (episode 4)
  • Timothy Harker as Dr Threapwood (episode 4, 5)
  • Keenan Munn-Francis as Spencer Wray (episode 5)
  • Justine Moore as Jill Mellor (episode 5)
  • Olivia Brady as Annette Barkley (episode 5)
  • Dylan Mynett as Joey Fletcher (episode 6)
  • Lucy Burrows as Heather O'Dwyer (episode 6)
  • Grainne Good as Imelda O'Conner (episode 7)
  • Niall McNamee as Maurice O'Conner (episode 7)
  • Hannah-Jane Fox as Rosemary Mason (episode 7)
  • Spike White as Leon Chapman (episode 7)
  • Rebecca Hyde as Lizzie Yu (episode 8)
  • Eric Mok as Arnold Yu (episode 8)
  • Christopher Harper as Geoffrey Franklin (episode 8)

Reception[]

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References[]

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Characters Introduced[]

  • Sister Veronica, a caring, warble-some but no-nonsense nun.
  • Geoffrey Franklin, Trixie’s charming brother.
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