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CALL THE MIDWIFE: Season 8 (Season Finale This Week)

Nurse Valerie Dyer (JENNIFER KIRBY), Nurse Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT)
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Nurse Valerie Dyer (JENNIFER KIRBY), Nurse Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT)

Airs Sundays, March 31 - May 19, 2019 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

At the start of CALL THE MIDWIFE Season 8, it’s spring of 1964 and everyone is excited for the Queen’s Royal Birth. With the additions of two new Sisters, who have been sent to live and work with the team in Poplar, Nonnatus House feels full once more.

The nuns and nurses face a variety of challenging issues such as interracial adoption, cleft palate and sickle cell. For one, romance may be on the horizon.

Cyril Robinson (ZEPHRYN TAITTE), Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT)
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Cyril Robinson (ZEPHRYN TAITTE), Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT)

EPISODE GUIDE:

Episode 1 airs Sunday, March 31 at 8 p.m. - Join Nonnatus House in welcoming two new nuns. Valerie deals with an unexpected and shocking case. The other midwives must handle a complicated multiple birth.

Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT), Dr Patrick Turner (STEPHEN MCGANN), Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Sister Frances (ELLA BRUCCOLERI), Valerie Dyer (JENNIFER KIRBY)
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Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT), Dr Patrick Turner (STEPHEN MCGANN), Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Sister Frances (ELLA BRUCCOLERI), Valerie Dyer (JENNIFER KIRBY)

Episode 2 airs Sunday, April 7 at 8 p.m. - See how Lucille assists an elderly hoarder struggling to keep her independence, and how Sister Hilda and the team work hard to help a Ghanaian family with an undiagnosed illness.

Joel Aidoo (EKOW QUARTEY), Matthew Aidoo (ZION KOFI), Flora Aidoo (JESSICA KENNEDY)
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Joel Aidoo (EKOW QUARTEY), Matthew Aidoo (ZION KOFI), Flora Aidoo (JESSICA KENNEDY)

Episode 3 airs Sunday, April 14 at 8 p.m. - Stop by the clinic, where the Turners oversee a measles vaccination trial while the team prepare for the Whitsun bank holiday. Valerie helps a struggling mother accept her son’s birth defect.

Dr. Turner (STEPHEN McGANN), Little May (APRIL REA HOANG), Angela Turner (ALICE BROWN), Shelagh Turner (LAURA MAIN), Timothy Turner (MAX MACMILLAN)
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Dr. Turner (STEPHEN McGANN), Little May (APRIL REA HOANG), Angela Turner (ALICE BROWN), Shelagh Turner (LAURA MAIN), Timothy Turner (MAX MACMILLAN)

Episode 4 airs Sunday, April 21 at 8 p.m. - Witness the team’s attempt to reunite an estranged mother and daughter who are both pregnant. Trixie’s friend is devastated to discover she is pregnant.

Cilla Singh (HANNAH HUTCH), Pardeep Singh (OMAR MALIK)
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Cilla Singh (HANNAH HUTCH), Pardeep Singh (OMAR MALIK)

Episode 5 airs Sunday, April 28 at 8 p.m. - Join Trixie as she cares for a young woman who is diagnosed with an intersex condition. A pregnant woman’s husband begins experiencing inexplicable pain similar to her symptoms.

George Sharp (JACK DOOLAN), Pam Sharp (NANCY SULLIVAN)
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George Sharp (JACK DOOLAN), Pam Sharp (NANCY SULLIVAN)

Episode 6 airs Sunday, May 5 at 8 p.m. - Watch Lucille care for an unmarried teen mother and Valerie help her grandmother with an embarrassing medical problem. Mother Mildred tries to help, but ruffles feathers everywhere she goes. Nurse Crane’s back troubles return with a vengeance.

Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT), Elaine Pilkington (HANNAH RAE)
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Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT), Elaine Pilkington (HANNAH RAE)

Episode 7 airs Sunday, May 12 at 8 p.m. - Learn why Mother Mildred decides it’s time for Sister Frances to attend her first solo birth. Trixie consoles a patient who discovers she has gonorrhea. Sister Monica Joan follows Great Britain’s Olympic hopes.

Sister Frances (ELLA BRUCCOLERI)
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Sister Frances (ELLA BRUCCOLERI)

Episode 8 airs Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. - Share in the Turners’ emotions over May’s impending adoption. Sister Hilda digs deep to give a terminally ill patient her final wish. Valerie and Trixie must testify in a grueling court case. Fred and Reggie keep secrets from each other.

Sister Hilda (FENELLA WOOLGAR)
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Sister Hilda (FENELLA WOOLGAR)

WATCH ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

Full episodes of CALL THE MIDWIFE Season 8 will be available to stream the morning after broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and PBS apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.

CALL THE MIDWIFE seasons 1-7 are now available on DVD and Blu-ray on shopPBS.org.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION:

CALL THE MIDWIFE is on Facebook, and you can follow @CallTheMidwife1 on Twitter. #MidwifePBS #callthemidwife

CREDITS:

Created and written by Heidi Thomas. Executive Producers: Pippa Harris and Heidi Thomas. A Neal Street production for BBC.