Episode 5 Call the Midwife


Episode 5

Drama about a group of midwives in 1960s London. Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit, Nurse Valerie Dyer, while a vulnerable young man captures Fred and Violet's hearts.


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Bringing up children is not simple.

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From the moment the midwife cuts the cord,

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a mother's task is to nurture and cherish,

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to shelter and protect.

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Even as she does so, she must teach the child to leave her,

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train it to let go of her hand, first to walk unaided,

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and then to walk away.

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But there is a cord that nothing can sever,

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the invisible bond that ties the mother

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to her infant, which endures when the child is a child no more.

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That's me, then. You can go now.

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Here, Auntie Grace sent you some biscuits

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to give to your new friends.

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They're broken! I can't give anyone these.

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It's embarrassing, Mum.

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Don't be daft. They all go down the same way!

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Nurse Dyer. Welcome to Nonnatus House.

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Oh!

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Mrs Jackson, it's beautiful!

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I haven't had a new frock in so long.

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Nurse Franklin did say cocktail dresses were your forte.

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She's one of my best customers.

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She keeps the wolf from the door, all right.

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Now, where d'you want it?

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-Um...

-'Bout there? That's a good length on you.

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Oh!

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Are you all right?

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Just a bit breathless. It's age.

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Comes to us all.

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SNEEZING

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That's Reggie, but don't mind him.

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If you've no objection, Nurse Dyer,

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we'll put you to work as soon as you've unpacked.

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None at all. I'm here to work,

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and the harder the better.

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I hope you'll find it to your liking.

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This is your bed.

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I don't want to be rude, Sister, but I was hoping for a room to myself.

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Most of the midwives have to share.

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The thing is, and I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it,

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but I snore. Like an elephant.

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Well, I'm sure we can supply Nurse Franklin with plenty of earplugs.

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The others are just finishing breakfast.

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When you're ready, go down to the clinical room

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and Nurse Crane will assign you your duties for today.

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I'll be down in two ticks, Sister.

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Oh, how lovely! Thank you, darling.

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I was thinking I might get up today.

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What does the doctor think?

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In the doctor's expert opinion, it's still a bit too soon.

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I had a feeling the doctor might say that.

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-Has anyone seen my cricket bat?

-Under the pile in the hall?

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Which pile? There's quite a few to pick from.

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I'll get it for you.

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Stay right where you are, Mrs Turner.

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I'll have it ready for Sunday. I'll bring it to church.

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Oh, that would be lovely.

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Oh, goodness, I'm late!

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I'll see you Sunday.

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Hello, Fred.

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-It's like Piccadilly Circus round here.

-Morning, Ivy.

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I got your message.

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Vi said you were leaking again.

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It's my tap, cheeky beggar. Best come inside.

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It's all right, Reggie, Cousin Fred's come to fix the tap.

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Reggie!

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Hello, Fred.

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Still got that strong hand grip, I see!

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You better let go of him or he won't be able to fix the tap.

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What are we having for dinner?

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What do you fancy?

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Rice pudding.

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Then that's what we're having.

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Nurse Dyer, welcome. Are you early or are we late?

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I'm early. Blame the army.

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No blame necessary. Punctuality is a very desirable trait.

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One we could all do with cultivating.

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Sorry.

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Ladies, may I introduce Nurse Valerie Dyer, our latest recruit.

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-Welcome!

-Hello.

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Shall we do our level best to convince her that we operate

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like a well-oiled machine?

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We've heard a lot about you.

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You'll need this. It's got everything you need

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for day-to-day work and anything else is in here.

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Make sure you sign all items out.

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Nurse Crane likes to run a tight ship,

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down to the very last clamp.

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Thanks. I didn't realise how much I'd missed all this.

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Right, ladies, to work.

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Nurse Gilbert, post-natal check on Mrs Hunt in Baxter Buildings

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then back here on call.

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Sister Winifred, maternity home to cover for Mrs Turner.

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RINGING

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I'm so happy to be able to help our own mother-to-be.

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I've put you on routine home visits, Nurse Dyer. Nothing too taxing.

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Around Grundy Street and Stainsby Road.

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That was Mr Williams. His wife's in a great deal of pain.

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It sounds as though she's gone into labour.

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Oh! She's not due for another two weeks.

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Can you go, Nurse Franklin?

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I'll spare Nurse Dyer. It is her first day.

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Just my luck. The most miserable woman in Poplar.

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SHE GROANS

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Oh Bill, do it. Just do it!

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I can't, Crystal. I can't do it.

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Ah, you have to!

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I'll go stark raving mad if I have to put up with this.

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KNOCKING

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I don't care who it is,

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get them in here and give them the bloody pliers!

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Hello, Mrs Williams. Midwife calling.

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Oh, sweetie. Can you tell me how far apart the contractions are?

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It's not the baby!

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It's her teeth, Nurse.

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Oh, Bill, you haven't...?

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No, she asked me to, but I couldn't do it. I just couldn't.

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You do it, Nurse. Please, I'm begging you.

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I'm afraid I can't, Mrs Williams.

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I'm not qualified to pull teeth out with pliers.

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Toothache is absolutely vile, I know.

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Why don't you let me take a little look?

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If you don't let me, I won't be able to help.

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Oh, gosh, poor you. That does look terrible.

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No wonder you're in agony. I think you might have an infection.

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We'll have to get you to the doctor.

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You have an abscess, Mrs Williams.

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A serious infection beneath your tooth.

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I will prescribe you painkillers and a course of penicillin.

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I want this cleared up before baby makes an appearance.

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I'll also refer you to the dental department at the hospital.

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Hopefully, the dentist can see you immediately.

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Dentist? Why do I need to see a dentist?

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You've given me medicine.

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Your teeth are badly decayed, Mrs Williams.

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That could be quite dangerous in a pregnant woman.

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No. Please, no! No dentist!

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They're butchers.

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There, there, Mrs Williams, try not to get upset.

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I'm not going.

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Mrs Williams,

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a fear of the dentist is one of the most common phobias there is.

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Next to spiders. We understand. There is nothing to be ashamed of.

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Thank you.

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Oh, hello.

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We just popped in to see how your day went.

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I loved it! I can't wait for tomorrow.

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Don't be too keen - you'll put the rest of us to shame.

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Thank you for re-arranging my wardrobe, Valerie.

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Well, I did need somewhere to hang both my dresses.

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I'm teasing. You've done me a favour.

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I've got far too many clothes, anyway.

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In fact, I'm going to do a gigantic clear-out

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and give bags of stuff to the church jumble.

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Then she'll just go and buy it all back again.

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Twiglet?

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-Oh, I've got nuts, if you fancy those.

-How about a drink?

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Oh, I didn't know this was... So I haven't brought anything.

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Don't be silly. It doesn't matter.

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You can bring the snacks next time.

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Well, I have got biscuits. But, er...

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you wouldn't want them. They're broken.

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My Auntie Grace gave me them. You don't have to eat them.

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Don't be daft, they're delicious.

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They are.

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I won't be back from church until the big hand's at the six

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and the little hand's at the 12.

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Understand?

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Reggie, are you listening to me?

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Point at the clock, then.

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Now, what do I tell ya? Don't touch the stove.

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Don't open the window. Don't answer the door.

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-And...

-Don't eat the biscuits.

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Good lad.

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Ah!

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Indigestion.

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I knew I shouldn't have eaten the last of that rice pudding.

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I'm going now.

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Roger and out.

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I love you, Reggie.

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I love you, Mum.

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"Jesus said..."

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"suffer the little children, and let them come unto me."

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And in saying children,

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perhaps Jesus wanted us to know that he values those who are

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no longer children but who still see the world with a child's eye.

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Those of us still filled with curiosity. Those open to new ideas.

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Those who are trusting and free of fear.

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"For of such is the kingdom of heaven." Amen.

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-CONGREGATION:

-Amen.

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Now, let us sing hymn number 205.

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Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.

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# Love divine... #

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THEY CONTINUE SINGING

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Tom, help me!

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BANGING

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It's only me, Reggie, cousin Fred. Can you open the door?

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I'm not allowed. Mum will not let me.

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I'm sure she won't mind. Come on, son.

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Reggie...

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your mum was taken ill at the church.

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Reggie, your mum was so ill that even a doctor couldn't help her.

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And she died.

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Do you understand what that means?

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That she's gone to sleep and can't wake up?

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That's right, son.

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Is she with God now?

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She is, Reggie.

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That's nice.

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Can I have my dinner?

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Er, yeah, Violet's got it all ready.

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Who's Violet?

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She's my wife, Reggie. Let's get you a bag and get you packed.

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Where will the little hand be when my mum comes back from seeing God?

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Reggie, this is Violet, my wife.

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-Hello, Violet.

-Hello, Reggie.

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He's got a firm grip, hasn't he?

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He certainly has! That's a lovely plant you've got!

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It's Ivy's.

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Reggie's going to be staying with us for a couple of days,

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just till he gets himself sorted.

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Hm. Lovely.

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Erm, Reggie, why don't you take your plant through to the spare room

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and find a nice bright spot for it?

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And then we can eat. You must be starving, eh?

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It's all right, go on, on you go.

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I don't think it's sunk in yet.

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Fred, I know he's lost his mum and that's terrible,

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but why have you brought him here?

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I couldn't leave him, Vi, he was all on his own.

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He had nowhere else to go. It won't be for long.

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Yes, but we don't know anything about, you know...people like that.

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I mean, I'm not being cruel, Fred, but he's simple, you know,

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he needs proper care.

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What are we going to do with him when we're at work?

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He'll be fine up here.

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Never got in Ivy's way when she was doing her fittings.

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Oh, I've got to go to

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Letchworth tomorrow morning for a couple of hours.

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There's an exhibition at the Spirella corsetry factory.

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It's quite the event.

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I've got a new hat.

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Yeah, well, look, he'll be all right here until you get back.

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Ivy used to leave him all the time when she went to church,

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-and I'll do my best to pop in, all right?

-Hm.

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Valerie Dyer from Grundy Street.

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June Dyer's middle daughter, born in the middle of a blizzard?

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How do you know that?

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Because I was the midwife who attended your mother.

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Myself and Sister Evangelina.

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I cut your cord.

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Nurse Crane, that was Dr Turner.

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He's setting up an exciting new dental health project and

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he wants me to help him with it.

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May I be excused from district duty this morning?

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I have to prepare my materials.

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He could not have asked for a more qualified nurse.

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You have our blessing.

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Thank you, Sister. Together we're going to save the Borough's teeth.

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I can just see the posters now.

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# I'm a pink toothbrush. You're a blue toothbrush... #

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What did we agree?

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Oh, I know but I feel so much better, Patrick.

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In fact, I feel healthier than I've felt in years.

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I've got so much energy. I just want to do things.

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Has anyone seen my swimming trunks?

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What's going on? Why can't you find anything?

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-Because our room's a mess.

-Then tidy it.

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I do. Then it gets untidy again. It's a mystery.

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We need more space, Patrick. Timothy needs his own room.

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He's growing up. He can't share with Angela any longer.

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We just need to be more disciplined.

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Besides, she's going to be sharing with her new brother or sister.

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Look, why don't we talk about the flats another time?

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First things first.

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Come back to work and see how you feel then.

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Is that the doctor's expert opinion?

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Yes. It is.

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Stop it. Stop it!

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Stop it!

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Oi, oi, oi, what's all this noise, eh?

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Look, your mum's a little bit tired this morning, that's all.

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I'm not tired!

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I'm terrified.

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You have to be brave, Crystal.

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Easy for you to say.

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You're not the one about to be butchered by a dentist.

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-Don't look at me.

-Why not?

-Because I'm ugly.

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Not to me, you're not.

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You need your eyes testing.

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Don't forget to go to the baby clinic.

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Another slice of toast, Reggie?

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You haven't got time, Fred. We've got to go!

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Right, have whatever you want. The bread's over there.

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How long will you be? Point on the clock.

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He wants you to show him on the clock when you're going to be back.

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Ivy used to do that for you, didn't she, Reggie?

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Right, well, that's us. Bye, Reggie.

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-Bye, Fred. Bye, Violet.

-Bye, Reggie.

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Remind me how old Reggie is again?

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21. Just turned.

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That makes it more difficult.

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St Gideon's is shut down now and he's too old for Dr Barnardo's.

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As far as I know, the only other place would be an institution.

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Somewhere like Linchmere Hospital.

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Linchmere? That's a loony bin.

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He's not barmy, he's just a bit...you know.

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There don't seem to be many other choices, I'm afraid.

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Well he can stay with us, till after the funeral.

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Vi's agreed to that but she won't want it to be any longer.

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She's finding it a bit difficult.

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I can understand. They're not used to each other.

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Ivy was very protective of him, you see.

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She loved him. But that makes it harder for him now.

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Why don't you leave it with me?

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I'll see if there's anywhere other than Linchmere.

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GAS HISSES

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KNOCKING ON DOOR

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DOOR CLOSES

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DOOR RATTLES

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# You're a pink toothbrush, I'm a blue toothbrush

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# Have we met somewhere before? #

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We don't want to hurt the dentist, children!

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This is his first visit and we want him to come back!

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No, no, it's all in a good cause!

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Now, how are my teeth looking?

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Can you see what I had for lunch?

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Any bits of ham sandwich? Or cheese and onion crisps?

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-No!

-And do you know why?

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Because I brush my teeth after every single meal.

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Hello, little man, let's see how big you're getting.

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Ooh! 2oz on. Well done, Mum.

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Mrs Williams, can you pop behind the curtain please, and...

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I'll be there in one moment.

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# You're a pink toothbrush... #

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Sister Winifred, this class is supposed to be finished.

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I am trying to listen to a baby's heartbeat,

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-and all I can hear is Max Bygraves.

-Oh, I'm so sorry!

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I think we've been enjoying ourselves a little bit too much.

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Opinions may differ on that.

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I've undergone a whole series of dental examinations!

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That's lovely.

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But while you've been playing games, some of us have been trying to work.

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This is Mr Dockerill, Nurse Franklin. The dentist.

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I'm sorry about the noise, Nurse.

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But in Health Education,

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we find children do better when they have some fun.

0:22:480:22:50

And in midwifery, we find that mothers and babies do better

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when they have some peace and quiet.

0:22:530:22:55

Well, baby seems very happy in there. Now, let's sit you up.

0:23:000:23:05

How did you get on at the dental department at St Cuthbert's today?

0:23:050:23:09

Not as bad as you thought, I'm sure.

0:23:090:23:10

You didn't go, did you?

0:23:130:23:14

Oh, Crystal, you heard what Dr Turner said.

0:23:160:23:19

Antibiotics aren't going to be enough.

0:23:190:23:22

I don't want people poking around in my mouth!

0:23:220:23:24

I'm scared.

0:23:260:23:28

I know, Crystal.

0:23:280:23:30

But if you don't get your teeth seen to,

0:23:300:23:32

the pain will send your blood pressure sky-rocketing.

0:23:320:23:35

And that's not good for baby, is it?

0:23:350:23:37

Crystal, sweetie.

0:23:390:23:42

Would you wait here for me? Just for two ticks?

0:23:420:23:44

Mr Dockerill? May I speak to you for a moment?

0:23:510:23:54

We are going, Nurse, I promise.

0:23:540:23:56

Just as soon as I've rescued Sister Winifred's rather ingenious props.

0:23:560:23:59

I have a mother with an extremely severe gum infection.

0:23:590:24:03

She had an emergency appointment at the hospital today,

0:24:030:24:05

-but didn't keep it.

-Nervous patient?

0:24:050:24:08

Terribly. Obviously nobody likes dentists...

0:24:080:24:10

..but she's terrified.

0:24:120:24:14

It is so very, very common.

0:24:140:24:16

And she's eight months pregnant.

0:24:160:24:18

I see. Where is she?

0:24:180:24:20

Follow me. Mrs Williams is in here.

0:24:200:24:22

Crystal, this is Mr Dockerill.

0:24:250:24:27

-He just wants to have a little look in your mouth.

-Is he a dentist?

0:24:270:24:30

I am a dentist, but I promise I won't hurt you.

0:24:300:24:33

All I'm going to do is look inside your mouth and see what's

0:24:330:24:36

causing all this pain.

0:24:360:24:37

I'm sure Nurse Franklin can hold your hand, if you would like.

0:24:390:24:42

Of course I can.

0:24:420:24:44

Thank you.

0:24:450:24:46

Now, can you open your mouth as wide as you can bear?

0:24:460:24:49

That's perfect.

0:24:520:24:53

Very good. All done. You can close your mouth now.

0:24:560:24:59

-Well done, sweetie.

-Mrs Williams, it's very important

0:24:590:25:01

you come to the hospital as soon as you can.

0:25:010:25:03

Why? What you going to do to me?

0:25:030:25:05

Just look inside your mouth again, using my instruments,

0:25:050:25:08

and in better light.

0:25:080:25:10

Nurse Franklin can come along and hold your hand again,

0:25:120:25:15

if you would like.

0:25:150:25:16

-Would you?

-If it helps you and helps baby. Yes.

0:25:180:25:22

-All right, then.

-That's the spirit.

0:25:230:25:25

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must get back to Sister Winifred.

0:25:250:25:28

She'll be thinking Nurse Franklin's run me out of town.

0:25:280:25:32

He's quite nice.

0:25:350:25:37

Blood pressure next, I think.

0:25:370:25:39

Reggie....?

0:25:490:25:51

Reggie?

0:25:520:25:54

Dear God!

0:26:000:26:02

HE COUGHS

0:26:150:26:18

Reggie!

0:26:210:26:22

Got any money?

0:26:280:26:29

-No.

-Mongoloid!

0:26:290:26:31

Mum, Mum! Let me in.

0:26:490:26:52

Reggie!

0:26:520:26:53

It's all right. You're safe now.

0:26:590:27:02

I told you this was going to happen.

0:27:150:27:17

I mean he could've... Anything could've...

0:27:170:27:19

Something really terrible...

0:27:190:27:20

I know, I know. But it didn't.

0:27:200:27:23

Yeah, because we were lucky. This time.

0:27:230:27:25

I had no idea he was so sheltered with Ivy. No idea.

0:27:270:27:31

Yes, but he was. And he can't take care of himself, that's for sure.

0:27:310:27:35

So, what are we going to do with him, Fred Buckle?

0:27:350:27:38

I don't know.

0:27:410:27:43

I just know that we are all he's got.

0:27:430:27:48

It's all right. Just keep breathing into the bag, Crystal.

0:28:050:28:09

It will calm you.

0:28:090:28:12

Slowly.

0:28:120:28:14

Don't forget I'll be in there with you.

0:28:140:28:16

I won't leave you.

0:28:160:28:18

These are flowers. You leave them be. They're meant to be here.

0:28:210:28:25

And these are weeds. You pull them out.

0:28:250:28:28

Now they won't want to come out so give them a yank or use the trowel.

0:28:280:28:32

Fred...

0:28:320:28:34

Did your lady wife remember

0:28:340:28:36

to furnish you with some of her

0:28:360:28:37

highly prized and most delicious jam?

0:28:370:28:40

Run out again, have they, Sister?

0:28:400:28:42

It's a puzzle that eludes me.

0:28:420:28:44

Ooh. They will be most pleased.

0:28:460:28:49

Young man, may I enquire what you are doing?

0:28:510:28:54

Pulling weeds.

0:28:540:28:56

That is not a weed. That is common fleabane.

0:28:560:28:59

It grows freely and thus it flourishes.

0:28:590:29:03

We do nature a grave disservice

0:29:030:29:05

if we apply restraint when there should be none.

0:29:050:29:09

Leave that one where it is for now.

0:29:110:29:14

..five, six.

0:29:170:29:19

And lower right one, two, three, four, five, six and seven.

0:29:190:29:24

You're doing so well, Crystal.

0:29:260:29:28

You are indeed.

0:29:280:29:29

And we're done.

0:29:290:29:31

Mrs Williams, Dr Turner was absolutely right.

0:29:340:29:37

You do have abscesses.

0:29:370:29:38

That's why you're in such pain.

0:29:380:29:40

I'm afraid your teeth are going to have to come out.

0:29:400:29:43

How many?

0:29:430:29:44

Given the extent of your gum disease, I think all of them.

0:29:440:29:48

All of them?

0:29:480:29:50

And, bearing in mind how poorly you've been feeling,

0:29:500:29:53

the sooner the better.

0:29:530:29:54

I'm going to put you to sleep and while you're dreaming of

0:29:540:29:57

lovely things, I will deal with everything.

0:29:570:29:59

And when you wake up, all the pain will be gone.

0:29:590:30:02

But I won't have any teeth. And I'll look worse than I do now.

0:30:020:30:05

No, no. You will have teeth.

0:30:050:30:08

Not tomorrow, or the next day, but soon.

0:30:080:30:11

I'm going to make sure you get dentures that look as good as -

0:30:110:30:14

or indeed better - than the real thing.

0:30:140:30:17

-You'll look quite the film star when you smile.

-Will I?

0:30:170:30:21

Without a shadow of a doubt.

0:30:220:30:24

Hello!

0:30:270:30:28

Hello, Jennifer.

0:30:280:30:29

Don't pull the flowers.

0:30:430:30:44

I am returning them to whence they came.

0:30:440:30:48

-Are they dead?

-They are past their glory.

0:30:490:30:52

They have given us joy

0:30:530:30:55

and delighted us with their beauty.

0:30:550:30:58

But now their time has gone.

0:30:580:31:00

There is still much work to be done.

0:31:000:31:02

Will the flowers have a funeral?

0:31:020:31:06

They go back to the earth. As we all do.

0:31:060:31:09

I got them from the shed. They're a present.

0:31:120:31:16

For my mum.

0:31:160:31:17

Put them in this bag.

0:31:210:31:23

Reggie.

0:31:250:31:27

Time to go. Come on.

0:31:270:31:30

Come on, mate.

0:31:300:31:31

Oh, you've had a lovely day with Sister Monica Joan.

0:31:370:31:40

She appreciates the help, you know.

0:31:410:31:43

Reggie's going to grow some plants, to keep Ivy's plant company.

0:31:450:31:48

I see.

0:31:480:31:50

There won't be much room in there for too many, mind.

0:31:500:31:54

Yeah, he knows. Just one or two.

0:31:540:31:55

Ah. Has there been any news? From Mrs Turner?

0:31:580:32:02

No, not yet.

0:32:020:32:03

What's that you've got?

0:32:030:32:06

Oh, I got him a suit for the funeral.

0:32:060:32:08

But he'll need some braces. Or the trousers turning up.

0:32:080:32:11

Give it here, then.

0:32:120:32:13

Stand still. Come on, brush them.

0:32:180:32:20

Do you want your teeth to fall out?

0:32:200:32:22

Now, see what I'm doing. Now you do it.

0:32:220:32:26

-Bit late for that, in't it?

-Will you just do it?

0:32:260:32:29

BOY CRIES

0:32:290:32:31

I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

0:32:320:32:33

-Shh.

-You all right?

0:32:330:32:36

Violet.

0:32:420:32:44

Yes, Reggie.

0:32:440:32:45

-I liked it today.

-Oh, good.

0:32:450:32:48

That's good.

0:32:480:32:50

I really want to go there every day.

0:32:500:32:53

Well, let's see how it goes. Shall we?

0:32:540:32:56

REGGIE STARTS TO CRY

0:32:560:32:58

Oh, Reggie. What's wrong?

0:32:580:33:01

Are you sad? It's all right to be sad.

0:33:010:33:05

It's normal.

0:33:050:33:07

No. I'm happy.

0:33:070:33:09

Well, that's a good thing, isn't it? To be happy.

0:33:110:33:14

Not if my mum's angry.

0:33:150:33:19

Why would she be angry?

0:33:200:33:22

Because she's not here.

0:33:220:33:24

Oh, Reggie, your mum would be delighted.

0:33:260:33:31

All she ever wanted was for you to be happy.

0:33:320:33:35

And Fred and I are going to make sure that you are.

0:33:380:33:40

Now, stand still and no...fidgeting. Hmm.

0:33:410:33:48

I don't think you'll get all this on your bike, Sister Winifred.

0:33:550:33:59

Do you want me to get my Uncle Pete's barrow?

0:33:590:34:01

Would you like a lift, Sister? I'm going your way.

0:34:010:34:04

Oh, that would be wonderful. Thank you.

0:34:040:34:07

ENGINE STARTS

0:34:090:34:11

Sister Winifred, you're staring. It's making me nervous.

0:34:160:34:20

Have you never seen anyone change gear before?

0:34:200:34:24

I beg your pardon, Nurse Crane.

0:34:240:34:26

I'm just fascinated by how it all works.

0:34:260:34:29

Earth to earth,

0:34:330:34:35

ashes to ashes,

0:34:350:34:37

dust to dust,

0:34:370:34:39

in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life

0:34:390:34:43

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

0:34:430:34:45

who shall change the body of our lower state that it may be like unto

0:34:450:34:50

his glorious body,

0:34:500:34:51

according to the mighty working,

0:34:510:34:54

whereby he is able to subdue all things to himself.

0:34:540:34:58

Are you ready?

0:35:020:35:03

They won't grow if you watch them.

0:35:360:35:38

Do you want to give me your jacket?

0:35:390:35:43

And you can take your tie off.

0:35:430:35:45

And I'll go and see if we've got some of that nice rice pudding.

0:35:470:35:50

It's from the Linchmere Hospital.

0:36:000:36:02

They say they can take him, if we want.

0:36:040:36:07

The Linchmere?

0:36:070:36:10

My Aunt Nellie went in there when she went funny.

0:36:100:36:13

In the head.

0:36:130:36:14

They want us to go and have a look.

0:36:140:36:16

Well, you're not taking Reggie. It might upset him.

0:36:180:36:21

No, I'll go. There's no harm in looking.

0:36:210:36:25

Fred, you do know that this day's sadness will pass.

0:36:310:36:36

No doubt, Sister. He said his goodbyes.

0:36:360:36:39

-He's a brave lad.

-Yet you are troubled?

0:36:390:36:42

He can't stay with me and Vi,

0:36:440:36:46

and a place has come up at the Linchmere hospital.

0:36:460:36:50

Is not a hospital for sick people?

0:36:510:36:54

That's what I thought, Sister.

0:36:550:36:57

I'm off to see it later.

0:36:580:37:00

I'm keeping an open mind.

0:37:000:37:02

Now, when you're ready, I want you to start counting backwards

0:37:050:37:07

-from ten.

-What, now? Now?

0:37:070:37:10

Count with me, Crystal. Ten.

0:37:100:37:14

-Ten.

-Nine.

-Nine.

0:37:140:37:16

-Eight.

-Eight.

0:37:160:37:18

-Seven.

-Seven.

0:37:180:37:20

Six, five...

0:37:200:37:24

Thanks.

0:37:260:37:27

# When my little girl is smiling

0:37:350:37:38

# There's nothing more I can say

0:37:410:37:44

# I see those big bright eyes

0:37:470:37:49

# And then I realise

0:37:490:37:52

# That girl is going to get her way

0:37:520:37:55

# Oh, let me tell you now

0:37:570:37:59

# When my little girl is smiling

0:37:590:38:03

# I can't stay mad at her for long

0:38:050:38:08

# Why should I want to fight

0:38:110:38:13

# When I can hold her tight?

0:38:130:38:16

# I just don't care who's right or wrong

0:38:170:38:21

# When my little girl is smiling. #

0:38:210:38:23

That's it. All over.

0:38:300:38:33

You've done so well, Crystal!

0:38:330:38:35

Have they gone?

0:38:350:38:37

Every last one of them.

0:38:370:38:38

And you'll soon be feeling so much better.

0:38:380:38:41

CRYSTAL LAUGHS

0:38:410:38:43

Don't worry, it's a fairly common reaction to the gas.

0:38:430:38:46

Bite down hard on this pad for me, Mrs Williams.

0:38:460:38:49

There is always some bleeding to begin with,

0:38:490:38:52

but it shouldn't last long.

0:38:520:38:53

Sister!

0:39:080:39:10

I find two opinions are always better than one.

0:39:100:39:14

Particularly if one is mine.

0:39:140:39:16

Where are the gardens?

0:39:500:39:52

This is the ward where your cousin will be.

0:40:050:40:07

Are all the wards locked?

0:40:080:40:10

A few.

0:40:110:40:13

He...he's very young. He shouldn't be locked in.

0:40:170:40:20

It's for the patients' own safety.

0:40:200:40:22

Many of them have suffered a great deal

0:40:220:40:24

in the outside world, Mr Buckle.

0:40:240:40:26

It's our duty to prevent more anxiety.

0:40:260:40:28

Which bed would be his?

0:40:290:40:31

That one. In the corner.

0:40:320:40:33

I feel sick.

0:40:420:40:43

I think you're still bleeding a little. Keep biting down.

0:40:430:40:46

No! I don't feel well.

0:40:460:40:49

It's just the effects of the anaesthetic. It will pass.

0:40:490:40:53

I'll see if someone can bring you a bowl.

0:40:530:40:56

I think the baby's coming.

0:40:580:41:00

I think you may be right.

0:41:040:41:05

Let's get you up to the maternity ward, and have a proper look at you.

0:41:070:41:12

Where are you going?

0:41:120:41:13

It seems Mrs Williams has gone into labour.

0:41:130:41:16

-Here?

-Yes. Here!

0:41:160:41:17

And it's baby number five, so unless we get a move on,

0:41:170:41:19

you're going to have a lot more than amniotic fluid on your chair.

0:41:190:41:22

-I'm coming with you.

-Thank you.

0:41:220:41:23

But I'm sure we'll have plenty of help on the ward.

0:41:230:41:25

I need to keep an eye on this bleeding.

0:41:250:41:27

And Mrs Williams needs a wheelchair.

0:41:270:41:29

Try not to push. Can you pant for me instead?

0:41:340:41:36

That's it. Keep panting. We're nearly there.

0:41:360:41:38

Sister Mary Cynthia?

0:42:200:42:22

We must muster our cohorts. We must instruct our troops.

0:43:040:43:10

An innocent is in danger,

0:43:100:43:12

and one of our own is immured in a place of torment.

0:43:120:43:18

SHE SOBS

0:43:180:43:20

Sister. Please, just let me drive.

0:43:210:43:25

CRYSTAL WHIMPERS

0:43:330:43:35

Baby's nearly here, Crystal!

0:43:360:43:39

Your body's done this so many times, baby hardly needs any help at all.

0:43:390:43:42

Good girl, good girl,

0:43:420:43:47

Well done, keep breathing.

0:43:470:43:49

It's all right, Crystal. Here's the gas.

0:43:490:43:52

Mrs Williams doesn't need any gas for this procedure, Mr Dockerill.

0:43:520:43:55

She's managing beautifully without.

0:43:550:43:58

And push now!

0:43:580:44:00

That's it.

0:44:000:44:01

I can see baby's head, Crystal!

0:44:010:44:04

Yes! That's wonderful.

0:44:050:44:06

Catch your breath now, sweetie.

0:44:070:44:09

One more push and it will all be over.

0:44:090:44:12

And push!

0:44:140:44:16

Push!

0:44:160:44:18

That's it! That's it!

0:44:180:44:20

That's it!

0:44:200:44:22

-Oh.

-Wonderful!

0:44:250:44:28

Well done! Well done!

0:44:280:44:29

I have done this once or twice before, Mr Dockerill.

0:44:290:44:32

Aren't you beautiful?

0:44:360:44:38

BABY CRIES

0:44:380:44:40

Time to meet your mummy.

0:44:470:44:49

Congratulations, Crystal! You've got a little boy.

0:44:510:44:55

Oh, he's perfect... and beautiful.

0:45:030:45:07

And he's going to take care of his teeth.

0:45:100:45:13

I don't want him to go through what I've been through.

0:45:130:45:17

Thank you both.

0:45:170:45:19

Sister. You've been with us for some time now.

0:45:250:45:27

Your psychiatrist thinks you've shown little improvement.

0:45:290:45:32

I don't know how to do it. I don't know how I can put things right.

0:45:320:45:37

Putting things right is what WE do.

0:45:390:45:42

Your psychiatrist would like to try another course of treatment.

0:45:440:45:48

What treatment?

0:45:480:45:49

It's called electroconvulsive therapy.

0:45:490:45:53

I don't want it.

0:45:530:45:55

I'll be knocked out and when I open my eyes again, things will

0:45:560:45:59

have been done to me without me knowing!

0:45:590:46:02

We believe it would be the most suitable treatment for you.

0:46:020:46:04

You don't know that and you can't know that,

0:46:040:46:06

because you don't know me!

0:46:060:46:08

You can't see what I see when I close my eyes.

0:46:090:46:14

For the sake of our beloved Sister Mary Cynthia...

0:46:250:46:28

..we must keep this to ourselves.

0:46:290:46:32

Until I have spoken to the Mother House.

0:46:330:46:35

Sister, do you understand?

0:46:370:46:40

I have seen the darkness.

0:46:400:46:43

You have my word.

0:46:440:46:45

Thank you, Fred.

0:46:480:46:49

Thank you.

0:46:490:46:51

Where is he?

0:47:240:47:25

He's in the back. Doing some tidying for me.

0:47:250:47:29

Well, you can stop fretting.

0:47:300:47:32

He's not going there. Not now.

0:47:320:47:35

Not ever.

0:47:350:47:37

And if I could've brought them all home with me, I would have.

0:47:370:47:40

Well, that means he's stuck with us, then.

0:47:400:47:44

Where are they going?

0:47:590:48:01

Work. Where we all have to go.

0:48:010:48:03

-I don't.

-What's wrong with your face? It's like a long wet weekend.

0:48:030:48:07

I don't have any friends.

0:48:070:48:09

Yes, you do. You have us.

0:48:090:48:10

You're old.

0:48:120:48:13

I'm afraid if you wish to see Sister Mary Cynthia,

0:48:310:48:34

you must make an appointment.

0:48:340:48:36

She is extremely unwell, and has been for some time.

0:48:360:48:39

Then all the more reason for you

0:48:390:48:41

to consider releasing her into our care.

0:48:410:48:43

We are not psychiatric nurses but we are nurses.

0:48:430:48:46

And we know at least something of the strains that have

0:48:460:48:49

triggered her depression.

0:48:490:48:50

She needs medical expertise, and specialised treatment.

0:48:500:48:54

Not sympathy and understanding, however well intentioned.

0:48:540:48:58

I think sympathy and understanding

0:48:580:49:01

might be a good starting point, don't you?

0:49:010:49:03

This is a mental hospital, Sister.

0:49:050:49:08

It takes more than kind words to cure our patients.

0:49:080:49:11

-That's it.

-Right into the back of your mouth. Up and down.

0:49:180:49:24

Oh, very good. Very good!

0:49:240:49:26

Sister, you are a miracle worker.

0:49:260:49:30

CAR HORN TOOTS

0:49:360:49:37

I must say, Sister, I am a little surprised by your request.

0:49:430:49:48

-Are you quite sure?

-Absolutely positive.

0:49:480:49:51

You want to learn to drive and you want me to teach you, in my car?

0:49:510:49:57

Yes, Nurse Crane. That's it in a nutshell.

0:49:570:50:02

I've always wanted to learn but never had the courage.

0:50:020:50:05

Now, thanks to my work here with all of you,

0:50:050:50:08

I've come to fully appreciate that there is no time like the present.

0:50:080:50:12

Faced with such enthusiasm, what choice have I got?

0:50:160:50:19

Oh, yes!

0:50:190:50:21

I read about the Glasshouse Village Trust in the newspaper.

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It's in the country, Mrs Buckle, surrounded by green fields.

0:50:240:50:28

It's a community.

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People with all kinds of disabilities live and work there.

0:50:290:50:32

And they earn money.

0:50:320:50:34

How can they do that? I mean, who looks after them?

0:50:340:50:38

They have trained staff who look after them,

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24 hours a day, but they're free.

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To live as near a normal life as they can.

0:50:420:50:45

I don't think so. I don't like the look of it.

0:50:460:50:49

Why don't you both just think about it? There's no rush.

0:50:490:50:54

We just wanted you to know that there were places like that.

0:50:540:50:58

There are only two or three at the moment, in the whole country.

0:50:580:51:01

But I have no doubt that there will be more.

0:51:010:51:04

It seems like the ideal environment for someone like Reggie to...

0:51:040:51:08

to grow in confidence.

0:51:080:51:10

He won't be on his own there.

0:51:100:51:13

He is lonely.

0:51:130:51:15

No, he's not. He's happy.

0:51:150:51:18

He needs friends, Vi. Folk like him.

0:51:180:51:23

A chance to make his own decisions.

0:51:230:51:27

He's a young man, not a child.

0:51:270:51:29

Just have a think. There's no rush.

0:51:320:51:35

You need to know it's right for him.

0:51:350:51:37

That's excellent, Mrs Williams.

0:51:400:51:42

You look so relaxed you could be lying on

0:51:420:51:44

a deck chair at the seaside.

0:51:440:51:46

How do they feel?

0:51:470:51:49

Peculiar. Like I've got a mouth full of marbles.

0:51:490:51:53

That will improve, as you get used to them.

0:51:530:51:56

Ready for the grand unveiling?

0:51:570:51:59

You may have to imagine the fanfare and the roll of drums.

0:51:590:52:02

-Thank you ever so much.

-Not at all.

0:52:280:52:31

Come on.

0:52:310:52:33

Thank you for your help with Mrs Williams, Nurse Franklin.

0:52:340:52:36

Well, with one thing and another,

0:52:360:52:38

I think we all ended up with something to smile about.

0:52:380:52:41

It's nice to have a case with such a happy outcome.

0:52:410:52:43

Nice enough - and rare enough -

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to warrant a little celebration.

0:52:500:52:54

-Such as dinner for two?

-For two, Mr Dockerill?

0:52:550:53:00

You could call me Christopher, now we're

0:53:000:53:03

no longer quite so professionally intertwined.

0:53:030:53:06

And, as we are no longer quite so professionally intertwined,

0:53:060:53:10

I can see no harm in accepting your invitation...

0:53:100:53:14

Christopher.

0:53:140:53:15

And my name is Beatrix, but people call me Trixie.

0:53:150:53:18

ENGINE STARTS

0:53:220:53:24

Ohh!

0:53:240:53:25

Left foot down on the clutch.

0:53:250:53:27

Now right foot on the accelerator, gently.

0:53:290:53:33

Which one is that again?

0:53:330:53:34

The one nearest your door.

0:53:340:53:36

Put it into first gear.

0:53:380:53:40

Good, that's good. Now, bring the clutch gently up to biting point.

0:53:410:53:47

And we're off.

0:53:490:53:50

Keep going smoothly,

0:53:550:53:57

don't keep putting your foot on the... you're braking.

0:53:570:54:00

I'll show you to your dormitory in a minute.

0:54:040:54:06

What do you think of our greenhouse?

0:54:170:54:20

It's all right.

0:54:200:54:22

What do you do for a job, Reggie?

0:54:220:54:24

-I'm a gardener.

-That's good. We always need gardeners.

0:54:270:54:30

Don't worry, Auntie Vi.

0:54:330:54:34

I'm not sad, I'm happy.

0:54:400:54:41

Look at the garden, Patrick. It's so beautiful.

0:54:500:54:53

There'll be so much space for the little ones to run around in.

0:54:530:54:57

Ah, it's certainly big enough.

0:54:570:54:59

Our furniture is going to get lost in there.

0:55:000:55:02

Well, we can fill a few rooms, then grow from there.

0:55:050:55:08

Bless him.

0:55:230:55:25

Oh, er, what's for tea then?

0:55:300:55:32

Dunno. What do you fancy?

0:55:320:55:34

Anything as long as it's not rice pudding.

0:55:340:55:36

Oh, Reggie.

0:55:460:55:48

And so we let go of their hands...

0:56:020:56:05

but not their hearts.

0:56:050:56:08

Of the need to be needed but not the need to love.

0:56:080:56:12

We're going to a French place.

0:56:170:56:19

And if it's French, they'll serve snails,

0:56:190:56:22

and snails always involve bent pins, garlic butter and finger bowls.

0:56:220:56:26

Which, all in all, means quite a lot of attention on one's manicure.

0:56:260:56:30

Meanwhile I'll be sat in a darkened cinema with Tom,

0:56:300:56:34

watching The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner.

0:56:340:56:37

Won't be much need for a manicure there.

0:56:370:56:39

No. You look very lovely, Barbara.

0:56:390:56:42

So do you.

0:56:430:56:45

I'll zip you up in a minute.

0:56:450:56:47

And however much it hurts, there is joy within that moment.

0:56:580:57:02

Because of the unseen cord that binds us,

0:57:020:57:05

and which will never break.

0:57:050:57:08

Linchmere is not an appropriate environment for Sister Mary Cynthia.

0:57:150:57:19

We have to secure her discharge.

0:57:190:57:22

Do you mind me asking - have you had any...surgery down there?

0:57:220:57:26

Is there something wrong?

0:57:260:57:28

A lady doesn't like to look too keen.

0:57:280:57:31

Especially when a man drives a sports car.

0:57:310:57:33

If the USSR doesn't accept Kennedy's deal...

0:57:330:57:35

then we're all going to hell in a hand cart!

0:57:350:57:38

I really don't think this is the time for levity, Barbara!

0:57:380:57:41

-LOUD BANGING

-Pull over.

0:57:410:57:42

Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit, Nurse Valerie Dyer. A vulnerable young man captures Fred and Violet's hearts, whilst the whereabouts of Sister Mary Cynthia is a concern.