FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Call the Midwife, Season 3
Season 3 premieres Sunday, March 30th at 7:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1
- BAFTA® Award-Winning Drama from Neal Street Productions Cements PBS as
Destination for Drama; Season 2 Reaches Top 10 in PBS Ratings -
WTVP transports viewers back to East London on the eve of the Swinging Sixties when
the British drama CALL THE MIDWIFE returns to PBS for a third season on March 30, 2014, at 7:00pm on
WTVP-HD 47.1. Also debuting that night is the second season of MASTERPIECE
CLASSIC Mr. Selfridge, Season 2,
starring Jeremy Piven, at 8:00 p.m. Joining the lineup on April 13th is the second
season premiere of British murder mystery THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE at 9:00 p.m.
The third season of CALL THE MIDWIFE, which premiered to
a record-breaking audience of 9.6 million viewers in the UK, opens in 1959 as the winds of change
are sweeping through the country. Throughout the season, viewers will follow the joys and heartbreak
of the midwives as they continue to care for members of the Poplar community and face management
changes at Nonnatus House.
Episode 1 (Premieres Sunday, March 30, 2014, 7:00-8:00 p.m.)
The nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premises and welcome Sister Winifred,
a warm-hearted, innocent young woman. Sister Monica Joan’s increasingly eccentric behavior causes
concern, and Chummy decides she wants to return to midwifery.
Episode 2 (Premieres Sunday, April 6, 2014, 7:00-8:00 p.m.)
Trixie and Jenny’s relationship falters, but is eventually restored. Cynthia, inspired by a lecture
on the art of natural childbirth, helps a patient experience a peaceful, calm birth. Alec and his
friends try to persuade Jenny to go on a nuclear disarmament march.
Episode 3 (Premieres Sunday, April 13, 2014, 7:00-8:00 p.m.)
Sister Julienne and Trixie assist a pregnant prison inmate who’s worried that social services will
take her baby. Sister Julienne puts her reputation on the line to help mother and child stay
together. Shelagh suffers heartbreak when a routine pregnancy check turns out to be something far
more serious. For Chummy’s birthday, Fred gets tickets for the gang to see My Fair Lady,
but they’re turned away at the box office.
Episode 4 (Premieres Sunday, April 20, 2014, 7:00-8:00 p.m.)
Jenny’s patient Leah is struggling to cope with her mother’s agoraphobia. When her husband is
offered a new job and home, Leah can’t leave her mother after all they experienced in the Holocaust.
With help from Sister Winifred, Mrs. Rubin steps outside for the first time in 12 years. Alec asks
Jenny to go to Brighton for the weekend, but she questions his intentions. Shelagh takes over the
local choir and helps bring it back to life.
Episode 5 (Premieres Monday, April 28, 2014, 8:00-9:00 p.m. due to the WTVP
The midwives discover that a young Down Syndrome
woman is six months pregnant, leading to difficult confessions and decisions. Dr. Turner suggests
that Shelagh take over the running of Nonnatus House to allow an exhausted Sister Julienne to
recuperate. Patsy, a new nurse, arrives. With her no-nonsense, hard-working attitude and sense of
humor, she’s an immediate hit with the nuns and midwives.
Episode 6 (Premieres Sunday, May 4, 2014, 7:00-8:00 p.m.)
Tom, the local curate, asks Trixie to join him for a day of cricket. She accepts, but the date is
disastrous. Shelagh decides to talk to Dr. Turner about adopting a baby. Patsy, struggling to
adapt to the unpredictable and chaotic life that midwifery brings, upsets a young mother in
Episode 7 (Premieres Sunday, May 11, 2014, 7:00-8:00 p.m.)
Sister Julienne calms an anxious new mother who has put her baby in danger. Jenny, seconded to
The London, is impressed with the facilities, but soon begins to see cracks in the establishment.
Chummy is upset to learn that her mother has walked out on her father, leaving Lady Browne
penniless. As Dr. Turner and Shelagh continue the adoption process, they uncover a devastating
Episode 8 (Premieres Sunday, May 18, 2014, 7:00-8:00 p.m.)
As preparations are made for Chummy to nurse her dying mother at home, Jenny feels drawn to help.
While Shelagh and Dr. Turner await news from the Adoption Society, Shelagh pulls out all the
stops when she enters her choir into a competition.
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Based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, CALL THE
MIDWIFE was created and written by Heidi Thomas (“Cranford,” “Upstairs Downstairs”)
and directed by a line-up of female directors including Thea Sharrock (“The Hollow Crown: Henry V”)
and Juliet May (“Miranda,” “Scott and Bailey,” “Stella”). The first season was the biggest new
drama on BBC One in more than a decade, and the second season averaged a consolidated viewership
of more than 10 million in the U.K. CALL THE MIDWIFE completed its second
season run in the U.S. in May 2013, and audiences and critics in the U.S. were equally effusive,
with Season 2 breaking the top ten spot in ratings on PBS, scoring 58 percent above the 2012-2013
season-to-date primetime average, and claiming the title of Top Rated Drama on Amazon.com.
CALL THE MIDWIFE stars Jessica Raine as Jenny Lee, along
with Jenny Agutter (“The Railway Children,” “Spooks”) as Sister Julienne, Pam Ferris (“Little
Dorrit,” “Darling Buds of May”) as Sister Evangelina, Miranda Hart (“Miranda”) as Chummy, Judy
Parfitt (“Little Dorrit,” Girl With a Pearl Earring), who was nominated for a 2013
Satellite Award for her work as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George (“Hollyoaks,” “Doctors”) as
Trixie Franklin, Bryony Hannah (Cemetery Junction) as Cynthia Miller, Laura Main
(“Monarch of the Glen”) as Shelagh and Cliff Parisi (“EastEnders”) as Fred. Vanessa Redgrave
provides the voice of the mature Jenny.
CALL THE MIDWIFE (Season 3) full episodes will be available
for viewing on the PBS Video Portal for a limited time after each national broadcast.
CALL THE MIDWIFE contains mature content that may not be suitable for
all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. Rated TV-14.
CALL THE MIDWIFE (Season 3) is coming soon to DVD & Blu-ray.
Seasons 1 and 2 DVD/Blu-ray are now available on shopPBS.org. Additional items, including Jennifer
Worth’s memoirs, published by Penguin Books, and The Life and Times of Call the Midwife,
published by Harper Collins, are also available.
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About Neal Street Productions
Neal Street Productions was formed in 2003 by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Caro Newling. The
company has been successful in film, theatre and television with hit movies including
Revolutionary Road, Jarhead and Starter for 10. Their diverse
television slate includes the award-winning “Stuart A Life Backwards,” with Tom Hardy and
Benedict Cumberbatch, and the hugely successful “Call the Midwife”, a ratings smash hit which,
after two extremely successful series and Christmas Specials, has just returned to screens in
the UK with series 3 - gaining some of the highest ever viewing figures for the show. They
are currently filming “Penny Dreadful,” a psychosexual TV horror series written by John Logan,
starring Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Rory Kinnear. Neal Street also produced
the critically acclaimed and award-winning “The Hollow Crown” - a series of Shakespeare films
for the BBC/PBS - starring Ben Whishaw, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons. Nicolas Brown joined
Neal Street as a Company Director in 2013, to work across the film and TV portfolio. On the
theatre side, they have produced The Bridge Project, Shrek the Musical and
the West End musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes.
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