‘Call the Midwife’ Season 12 Episode 2 recap

Call the Midwife is back in the UK with a new season!

The BBC’s long-running period drama series about a group of nurse midwives in the East End of London celebrated a decade on air last year.

Following last month’s Christmas special, a twelfth season of Call the Midwife is now airing on Sunday nights on BBC One.

The eight brand new episodes are set in 1968, and they’re due to premiere in the US this spring on PBS.

Watch the trailer here:

Familiar faces will include Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis Crane, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George as Nurse Trixie Franklin, Leonie Elliott as Nurse Lucille Anderson, and Laura Main as Nurse Shelagh Turner, with Vanessa Redgrave once again providing the voice of narrator Jennifer Worth.

Also returning are Megan Cusack as Nurse Nancy Corrigan, Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle, Annabelle Apsion as Violet Buckle, Zephryn Taitte as Cyril Robinson, Daniel Laurie as Reggie Jackson, Stephen McGann as Patrick Turner, Georgie Glen as Miss Higgins, and Ella Bruccoleri as Sister Francis.

Joining the cast this year is Rebecca Gethings as newcomer Sister Veronica.

Here’s a plot recap for Season 12’s second episode, which premiered on BBC One at 8pm on Sunday 8th January 2023:

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.

Season 11 is available on DVD on Amazon.