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MATURE JENNY: 'It seemed to us in 1963

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'as though the world was spinning a little faster on its axis.

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'We bought new things, followed new trends,

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'sought at every turn a more vibrant,

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'vivid version of our homes,

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'our lives, ourselves.

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'Our energy and thirst for change seemed limitless.

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'We wanted to be the very best that we could be.'

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That's not your usual reading.

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Sister, are you sure you wouldn't like to join us?

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Wool crafts are the refuge of a dull mind.

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I must say I was rather dubious when I received the pattern,

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but these knitted bosoms will be just the job for teaching

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breast-feeding in my Mothercraft class.

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-Mine looks terribly realistic. I'm actually rather proud of it.

-GIGGLING

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-Looking forward to seeing you. Bye.

-Ooh, my back.

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Oi, wake up.

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It's a salon, not a dosshouse.

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Oh, sorry, Mae. I don't do well on nights.

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Still, at least I've got today to catch up.

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Hear that, Marj? You'll have to wait till tomorrow if you want Val to

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-deliver you.

-I don't think I can hold off that long.

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-You getting twinges?

-Bit more than that.

-You're in labour?

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Look, I reckon I can get through my afternoon ladies without any

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excitement. I mean, I was going, what, three days with them two.

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Besides, Mum don't let you have a day off for a little thing

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like having a baby. Do you, Mum?

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Well, you'll only be sitting upstairs.

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Plenty of time for that when the kid comes.

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You watch, right - she'll have me back down here inside a week.

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-I will!

-Ooh!

-SHE GROANS

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Ooh, sorry, Marj. Looks like it's time to hang up your scissors.

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-Mae, can you call Nonnatus?

-Yeah.

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-Oh, I'll give you a hand with that, Sister.

-Thank you, Fred.

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Blimey! Iced buns?

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It's breast-feeding night at Mothercraft class.

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I had hoped to borrow Nurse Crane's car to transport my props.

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But unfortunately it's not convenient.

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She's become rather over-protective of her clutch.

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Ah, well, that can be expensive if... SHE GASPS

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Perhaps I can borrow your van.

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I've got an errand to run, but I can drop you off on the way.

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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Sergeant Woolf.

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I appreciate the power of the whistle more than most,

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but I find its efficacy is decreased by overuse.

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I'm obliged to inform you that there have been a number of car

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thefts in the vicinity.

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You might want to take the relevant precautions.

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I always keep the keys in a safe place, Sergeant.

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Thank you for the intelligence.

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I'll bear it in mind.

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You'll find nothing amiss!

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Oh!

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Iced buns.

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Get those curlers out or she'll look like she's just off the boat.

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Midwife.

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To see a Mrs Chivvers?

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Upstairs. I'll take you.

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What are you lot goggling at?

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-MARJORY GROANS

-That's it. Lean into it.

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Midwife's here.

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Nurse Anderson, this is Marjory Chivvers.

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-Hello, Mrs Chivvers.

-Marjory'll do.

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Mae, why don't you take over here

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while I bring my colleague up to speed?

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Two previous deliveries, both straightforward.

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Textbook pregnancy this time too.

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Now, Marjory's in school.

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Biggest complication is likely to be the mother. Bit of a character.

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Mrs Chivvers, once this contraction has passed, can you lie down, please?

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-I need to examine you.

-Who died and made her the boss?

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Look, if you're going be funny, you can clear off!

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-Can't no-one take a joke these days?

-Right, Mae.

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Why don't you get back down to the salon?

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I ain't going nowhere. And neither are you.

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Then, why don't we pop through to the kitchen

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-and you can make me a cuppa?

-MARJORY GROANS

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You'll be close at hand if you're needed.

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Baby's mouth needs to come up and over,

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rather than attach straight on.

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-That's it, Mrs Romaine. Lovely.

-Thanks, Sister.

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Well done, everyone. Next week we'll be tackling nappies,

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along with what to expect in the immediate aftermath of the birth.

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Does that include the bit on how to get your fella out of the pub? LAUGHTER

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Sorry, Norma. That's not my area of expertise.

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Mine neither, Sister. My Alan's not a big drinker.

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He likes to keep himself fit, what with him

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being the coach of the Fairborough Under-16s.

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Oh, is he? You didn't say.

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Nothing wrong with being married to a man you can be proud of!

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Well, if he's so marvellous,

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you should get him down to the next class,

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train him up in changing the dirty nappies.

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-Maybe I will. He's keen to learn.

-Oh, you're having a laugh!

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What's funny about a man being involved in raising his child?

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There's nothing funny about it, Mrs Romaine.

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Nothing at all.

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MARJORY GROANS That's it.

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Oooh!

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Just relax there until you're ready to push again.

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Not long to go now, Mrs Chivvers.

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How many times have I got to tell you - just call me Marj.

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How about we split the difference and settle on Marjory?

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All right, then.

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-Another one coming?

-Ooh, yeah!

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Is, is Dennis home? I just need to know that he's here.

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I'm sure he'll be here soon.

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MARJORY MOANS Let's get you onto the bed.

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Oh, Dennis! Dennis!

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Don't know what she's shouting for him for - useless lump.

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-There's a lot worse than that.

-Tell me about it.

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Don't think I ever met Mr Stanton?

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23 years ago he went to the second showing at the Palais Cinema,

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never came home.

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Was it the Blitz that took him?

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No, one of the usherettes.

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Off they ran, leaving me with a toddler

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-and a dose of something itchy.

-The toddler was Marjory?

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We did all right, just the two of us.

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-Who needs them?

-FRONT DOOR OPENS

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-HE PUFFS AND PANTS

-I came as soon I heard!

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-How is she?

-Doing just fine without you.

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Dennis!

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Come on, then, let's have a look at her. Who's she look like?

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She looks like Dennis. She's a boy!

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-We don't do boys.

-Yeah, well, we do now.

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And if you want this one in the trade,

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you better open up a barber shop!

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Well, come on, then. Do you want to look at your little brother?

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I told you we'd get our little man in the end.

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Oh, Marj! Hello!

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Don't get much better than this, does it, girl?

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Alexandra. Night-night.

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You're very important to her.

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To both of us.

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I love the time the three of us spend together.

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When do you think we might get away again?

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If you're free tomorrow evening,

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I might be able to find a way for us to spend a little time together.

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Oh?

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7:30 sharp, and don't be late.

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ROCK AND ROLL PLAYS IN BACKGROUND

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Nice hair! Vidal Sassoon?

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Stanton's Styles.

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Marjory Chivvers had her baby while I was getting my hair done.

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LAUGHTER

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Oooh. "Home Management'"?

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My parents tried their best,

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but domestic science wasn't really on the syllabus at Casa Mia.

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"Budgeting"? "Household routine"?

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Something to tell me, Nurse Franklin?

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What are you inferring, Nurse Dyer?

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"Advice on Entertaining with information on weddings

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"and christenings." Hmmmm.

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I'm afraid you're getting rather ahead of yourself. However, it is

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true that Mr Dockerill and I are getting along splendidly.

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Which is why I'm cooking for him tomorrow evening.

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Ah.

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-And just when it was all going so well.

-Cheeky!

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I've been known to boil an egg with great success.

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Now, if you don't mind, I need to devise my menu.

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I'm ever so pleased for you.

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Mr Dockerill is quite the catch.

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Not so long ago I thought I'd never be happy again.

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And yet here I am.

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The human heart really is most resilient.

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Let's hope Mr Dockerill's stomach is similarly robust.

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LAUGHTER

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We prepare our ladies for parenthood, but the fathers are

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left to their own devices and are often quite at sea when baby's born.

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So I thought I might open the next session to husbands.

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Men? In a Mothercraft class?

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Not every week, obviously.

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Perhaps just one session out of the six that the women attend.

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And only if we're all agreed that it's a good idea.

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I'm not sure.

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Those classes are a place where women can relax,

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escape the pressures of family.

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Yes, but if a man can help his wife with childcare,

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then she might also get some time to relax when the baby comes.

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Sister Monica Joan, what is your opinion of the matter?

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-There's much of value in the old ways...

-Exactly!

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..but one must not become like Lot's wife,

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frozen in the act of looking backwards.

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Then it seems there is a majority in favour of the scheme.

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So, the au pair...

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According to this, she'll be here this evening.

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Will you be able to pick her up from the railway station?

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Of course.

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Though I've no idea how I'll recognise her.

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There won't be that many Hungarians arriving on the 5:15 into Victoria.

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I don't imagine she'll be wearing national dress.

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Well, in case she's not, she's sent a photograph.

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She does look rather stern.

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She grew up in a Communist country.

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I doubt that's conducive to a cheerful disposition.

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Then she'll get on well with Timothy.

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He's been very glum about having a stranger living in the house.

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I'm sure he'll warm to the idea.

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He'll have to.

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Miss Magdalena Kovacs is already halfway across the English Channel.

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-Congratulations, Mae.

-Thanks, love.

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-All right, Mae?

-All right, Val?

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I brought a little present for the baby. Can I drop it up to Marjory?

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-One of your lot's already up there.

-Ah, Nurse Anderson.

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Yeah, the foreign one.

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I've seen her type on the buses, but I've never seen

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one in a...midwife's uniform.

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Actually there are lots of Caribbean nurses in England.

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-Ah.

-We didn't have enough, so the Government asked them to come

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-over to help us care for our own.

-Oh.

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-Ah, hello, girls.

-Hello, Auntie Val.

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Only I heard she's not a proper midwife.

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Someone told me she used to work in a library.

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Hmm, that's right.

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Then she came to England, trained for four years

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and passed all her nursing and midwifery exams with flying colours.

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Oh. Maybe I should set them rumours straight, then.

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Yeah, you should.

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-I'll go on up, shall I?

-Yeah.

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Look at him.

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Dennis could have spat him out.

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I think they all look like their fathers.

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Nature's way of reassuring a man that the child is really his. LAUGHTER

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You saying my daughter's been round the houses?

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I don't know how people behave where you come from

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but you're in England now. We're civilised.

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Mum!

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I'm sorry, it's not because you're coloured,

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she's just a bit of a cow to everyone.

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It's nothing much.

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Just a little rattle, and Mum knitted a cardie.

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Oh, how kind!

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Oh, will you thank her for me? Mum's just off downstairs.

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Valerie, your timing is excellent.

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Baby needs a cuddle while I retake mother's blood pressure.

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-It's a little high.

-Come on, then, Denny.

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Here, I think he's filling out already!

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He feeds like a champ.

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You know, he had me up every two hours last night.

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That'll be good for your milk supply.

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Tell me about it. I think I could stock a dairy!

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And a florist's. These are lovely.

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Oh, yeah, carnations.

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We had an April wedding and I had a big bunch of them in my bouquet...

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-Oh!

-SHE GRUNTS IN PAIN

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-Something wrong?

-My head!

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Ah! I'm going to be...Oh! Think I'm going to be...sick!

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-What is it? What's wrong?

-Ambulance, please!

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-Is it the baby?

-Suspected post-natal eclampsia.

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Marjory, show me your fingers. Are they swollen?

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And the other one?

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-Marjory?

-I can't...can't... won't move.

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What's wrong with her? Why's she talking funny?!

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Can you look at me and try to smile?

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What are you doing?!

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Ambulance on its way.

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There's no oedema. Blood pressure has dropped.

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Her speech is slurred and she appears to have a left haemiplegia.

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I'm not so sure about eclampsia.

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I think she's had a stroke.

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AMBULANCE BELL

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There's room for one in the van.

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Can you look after the children for me?

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BABY GURGLES

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Mummy.

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AMBULANCE BELL

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No daffodils?!

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The harsh winter has taken its toll.

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Why is everything so faded?

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Hmmm?

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-What's happened? Where is she?

-You can't see her.

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They're getting her comfortable.

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Oh, Marjory!

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-She was fine this morning!

-She's had a stroke.

-What?!

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-No, that's something old people get.

-You a doctor, are you?

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No, but I want to speak to someone! I want to find out what's what!

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She can't talk. She can't walk.

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Maybe won't ever again.

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Well, I want to speak to someone.

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They'll only speak to the next of kin.

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I've told them that's me.

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How'd this happen? Whose fault is it?

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Wow, look at that!

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-That's your father's car! Welcoming committee at the ready!

-CAR HORN HONKS

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-Oh, Timothy? Jam.

-I know, I'm saving it for later.

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You won't get into medical school with cheek like that!

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Here we are.

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Magdalena, meet the family.

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-Hello.

-Oh!

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-Mrs Turner?

-Uh, Magdalena?

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-Magda.

-Whatever you prefer.

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Your home is very pleasing.

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-Thank you.

-And so is your husband.

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-Oh.

-SHE CHUCKLES AWKWARDLY

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And these are the children...

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-Teddy, Angela and...

-Timothy.

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Hello.

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You must be exhausted after your journey.

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Let me show you to your room. Patrick, can you bring the bags?

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-I'll take those!

-Thank you, Timothy. That is very sweet of you.

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This way.

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A house so full of gentlemen.

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Goodness!

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She's not at all what I expected.

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She's very...

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confident.

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Isn't she? I had the most interesting conversation in the car.

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-It's quite refreshing.

-BABY CRIES

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SOOTHING MUSIC PLAYS IN BACKGROUND

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SOFT LAUGHTER

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Ta-da!

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-Oh, I, I thought, I thought we were going out.

-But I've cooked dinner.

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Don't worry, it's just the two of us.

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I got everyone out of the way.

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There are only three rules when planning an intimate dinner party.

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The food should be cooked to perfection

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and presented with style,

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and the guests should be agreeable.

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I'd say two out of the three isn't bad.

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It's called a "grapefruit surprise".

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The surprise, in my case,

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being that sugar burns remarkably quickly under the grill.

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HE CHUCKLES

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It looks...delicious.

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And don't worry, my love, we won't go hungry.

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We can always have bread and jam.

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I'll make it.

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Then after I graduated I toured the continent,

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working as a mother's help.

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Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid, then back to Paris where

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I cared for a family of a professor at the Sorbonne.

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We must seem very unsophisticated by comparison.

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No, not at all.

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My father is a doctor. I like medical men.

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-More coffee?

-Oh, thank you.

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What a bonus. We didn't anticipate you'd bring your own coffee pot,

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-did we, Shelagh?

-Everyone knows English coffee is very bad.

0:20:060:20:10

Well, this certainly beats the stuff I'm used to.

0:20:100:20:13

We had no idea you'd be so well travelled.

0:20:150:20:17

It's important, I think.

0:20:170:20:19

-I plan to travel.

-Oh, where?

0:20:190:20:22

Extensively.

0:20:220:20:24

Well, Angela's bath is long overdue.

0:20:270:20:29

-I'll go and get her ready.

-Oh, please, Mrs Turner,

0:20:290:20:32

bath-time is my job now.

0:20:320:20:33

I'll show her where we keep the towels.

0:20:340:20:37

Oh, Patrick. What have I done?

0:20:390:20:41

I don't know why we didn't get an au pair years ago.

0:20:410:20:44

BICYCLE BELL RINGS

0:20:470:20:49

I've never seen a stroke in a new mother,

0:20:490:20:51

not in all my years.

0:20:510:20:53

It was Lucille spotted it.

0:20:530:20:55

-Not sure it would have occurred to me.

-Nor me.

0:20:560:20:58

I'm not surprised.

0:20:580:21:00

It's so very, very rare.

0:21:000:21:02

If the stroke is as severe as they say,

0:21:020:21:05

she may be left permanently incapacitated.

0:21:050:21:08

Life really can change in the blink of an eye.

0:21:090:21:11

Oh, no, those, those are for my wife.

0:21:170:21:20

She's only getting you a bloody vase!

0:21:200:21:22

Now, before we move onto the subject of caring for a newborn,

0:21:300:21:33

we'll have our usual recap on last week's topic

0:21:330:21:36

which, as you'll remember, was the birth itself,

0:21:360:21:38

and specifically how to breathe.

0:21:380:21:41

In and out's always worked fine for me, Sister. LAUGHTER

0:21:410:21:44

Sorry, Sister. He's such a joker.

0:21:440:21:47

But Sister? If you're going to be telling my Alan about the birth,

0:21:470:21:50

does that mean he can come to the actual thing?

0:21:500:21:52

Only I've heard men aren't allowed in the hospital.

0:21:520:21:54

You're quite right,

0:21:540:21:56

but as we do home births, we offer a little more flexibility.

0:21:560:21:59

Do you think it's something that you and Mr Romaine might consider?

0:22:000:22:03

My Alan would love to see his baby being born. Wouldn't you Alan?

0:22:030:22:07

-Ah!

-SHE LAUGHS

0:22:070:22:09

That showed them. Just cos their husband's ain't worth tuppence.

0:22:120:22:15

And now you get to be with me when our baby's being born!

0:22:150:22:18

Yeah, look, about that...

0:22:180:22:20

er, you know it might be a bit tricky.

0:22:200:22:22

It might clash with a match.

0:22:220:22:25

Oh, come on. In all the time you've known me, have I ever missed a game?

0:22:280:22:32

And in all the time you've known me, have I ever had a baby?

0:22:320:22:34

I'm just saying, you know I'd rather not.

0:22:360:22:38

I don't think it's something I'd enjoy.

0:22:400:22:42

Enjoy? What's enjoy got to do with it?!

0:22:420:22:45

Do you really think I enjoy going to your stupid football every Saturday,

0:22:460:22:50

freezing on the touchline, chopping up the half-time oranges?

0:22:500:22:53

-Morning!

-Magda! Goodness, you're up early!

0:23:040:23:07

Yes, today I make spicy eggs for Timothy and Mr Turner.

0:23:070:23:10

Really, there's no need. Porridge will suffice.

0:23:100:23:13

Everyone likes to try something new.

0:23:130:23:16

You might want to put on a cardigan.

0:23:160:23:18

You're not on the Continent now.

0:23:180:23:20

Nothing unexpected to report this morning, except that

0:23:250:23:27

Marjory Chivvers is to be discharged today.

0:23:270:23:30

Gosh! That seems very soon.

0:23:300:23:33

There's little more the hospital can do for her.

0:23:330:23:35

Her mother insisted she be at home with her family.

0:23:350:23:38

Nurse Anderson will continue twice-daily visits for as long as

0:23:380:23:42

is required. Her family will need significant support to manage

0:23:420:23:47

-Marjory's care, as she's largely immobile.

-Of course.

0:23:470:23:51

Sister Winifred. How was last night's class?

0:23:510:23:55

It was marvellous! Thank you, Sister!

0:23:550:23:58

The most tremendous success!

0:23:580:24:00

Who's going to look after her?

0:24:150:24:17

Everything is as it should be.

0:24:240:24:27

There we are, nice and comfy.

0:24:270:24:29

The hospital looked after Marjory well.

0:24:290:24:32

They didn't fix her, though.

0:24:320:24:34

I'm afraid there's little we can do for strokes.

0:24:340:24:36

There are medical advances being made every day, but for now...

0:24:360:24:40

-This is it?

-The, main thing is to keep Marjory comfortable

0:24:400:24:44

while she recuperates.

0:24:440:24:46

Keep her clean and changed, and look out for bedsores.

0:24:460:24:49

-I don't know how to do any of that.

-I can show you.

0:24:490:24:52

That won't be necessary. I'll be doing it.

0:24:520:24:55

I understand that you want to do everything possible

0:24:550:24:57

for your daughter, Mrs Stanton, but it's not easy caring for an invalid.

0:24:570:25:02

I'd advise you to accept help where it's offered.

0:25:040:25:07

If that's everything....

0:25:070:25:08

A nurse will call tomorrow to do the usual mother and baby checks.

0:25:100:25:15

Thank you, doctor...nurse.

0:25:150:25:17

-Do you want to hold him, love?

-She can't.

0:25:270:25:30

I could put him on the bed next to her.

0:25:300:25:32

What, so she can topple on him? Take him downstairs.

0:25:320:25:36

Alison'll look after him while she's working.

0:25:360:25:39

Take these an' all.

0:25:390:25:40

I'll be staying in here from now on,

0:25:400:25:43

in case she needs me in the night.

0:25:430:25:45

You're all right, Marj,

0:26:280:26:31

Mum's here.

0:26:310:26:32

Back to the cubicle.

0:26:430:26:44

Have you altered your diet at all, Mrs Romaine?

0:26:460:26:50

Only you've dropped a pound.

0:26:500:26:52

Hmm?

0:26:540:26:56

I've not had much appetite.

0:26:560:26:58

Me and my husband have had a bit of a falling-out.

0:27:000:27:02

He's not the man I thought he was.

0:27:030:27:06

SHE SOBS

0:27:060:27:08

I won't be long.

0:27:110:27:12

Just down the clinic to get milk tokens.

0:27:120:27:14

Come here, darling. There you go.

0:27:140:27:17

You know you can't have him on your own, darling.

0:27:190:27:22

Come on, give him to me. There you go.

0:27:220:27:24

There you go. There you go.

0:27:240:27:26

You can't have any of them.

0:27:260:27:29

Come on, girls. Let's give Mummy some peace.

0:27:290:27:31

Bye, love. See you next week.

0:27:390:27:41

Course, you know what they say.

0:27:410:27:43

Well, I imagine you're going to tell me.

0:27:430:27:45

Well, Mae had that girl working like a dog

0:27:450:27:48

right up until the baby came. All hours!

0:27:480:27:50

And that's what did for her.

0:27:500:27:52

That's what caused the stroke?

0:27:520:27:54

Well, it's the only thing that makes any sense.

0:27:540:27:56

Have you ever heard of a stroke in a young girl like that?

0:27:560:27:59

-All right there, Mae?

-Violet.

0:28:020:28:05

Come on, girls, come on.

0:28:050:28:07

How's she doing?

0:28:070:28:09

Come on, kids.

0:28:090:28:11

We're one of them couples that does everything together.

0:28:160:28:19

"Soppy", my mum calls it.

0:28:190:28:20

But now he doesn't want to be with me at the most important moment of my life.

0:28:220:28:26

Mrs Romaine, not every husband has the stomach for childbirth.

0:28:260:28:30

A man's job isn't to guide his child through the birth canal,

0:28:310:28:35

but through life itself.

0:28:350:28:37

I never thought about it like that.

0:28:370:28:40

Well, wipe those tears and we'll get this all sorted out.

0:28:400:28:42

But not before you've had another Garibaldi.

0:28:440:28:47

-Mae Stanton. Milk tokens.

-Of course. Let me see.

0:28:540:28:58

Hello, Mrs Stanton. How nice to see you.

0:28:590:29:03

-There you go.

-Thank you.

-Hello, girls.

0:29:030:29:05

-And how's little Denny?

-Hands off!

0:29:070:29:09

Mrs Stanton!

0:29:110:29:12

Come on, girls.

0:29:160:29:18

-Come with me.

-You've already done for my daughter.

0:29:180:29:21

You're not going near my grandson.

0:29:210:29:23

What's going on?

0:29:230:29:25

There was nothing wrong with my Marjory

0:29:250:29:27

-until she got her filthy hands on her!

-That's enough!

0:29:270:29:30

Oh, I haven't even started yet!

0:29:300:29:32

I want everyone to hear what I've got to say!

0:29:320:29:35

What happened to my daughter was nothing to do with me

0:29:350:29:38

working her in the salon,

0:29:380:29:40

but everything to do with her not having a proper English midwife!

0:29:400:29:43

Mae, stop! You're not being fair.

0:29:430:29:45

-Not fair? Not fair?!

-SHE SOBS

0:29:450:29:48

My daughter should be up and about, feeding her baby,

0:29:480:29:51

changing his nappies.

0:29:510:29:54

Instead, I'm changing hers!

0:29:540:29:56

If this is the National Health Service, then you can stick it!

0:29:590:30:02

I don't want you lot anywhere near my family.

0:30:020:30:05

And especially not her.

0:30:050:30:06

Come on, girls.

0:30:090:30:10

Nurse Crane?

0:30:350:30:36

Why has Marjory Chivvers been put on Nurse Dyer's care?

0:30:380:30:42

I've been the one most involved with her!

0:30:420:30:44

And you have provided exemplary care,

0:30:440:30:48

but Sister Julienne and I decided to spare you any more unpleasantness from that quarter.

0:30:480:30:54

I see.

0:30:560:30:58

If you will excuse me.

0:30:580:31:00

With respect, Sister Julienne...

0:31:040:31:06

I am always wary of the phrase "with respect," Nurse Anderson,

0:31:060:31:10

I generally find it is a forerunner to candour,

0:31:100:31:14

or possibly impertinence.

0:31:140:31:17

I hope I would not be impertinent to my superiors,

0:31:170:31:21

but I must be frank, it's not up to you, or to Nurse Crane,

0:31:210:31:25

to decide how much unpleasantness I can bare.

0:31:250:31:28

But if you stop sending me to Marjory,

0:31:280:31:30

it will look as though Mrs Stanton's slurs are justified.

0:31:300:31:34

And as though you accept her attitude towards me.

0:31:350:31:38

Nurse Anderson,

0:31:390:31:42

I do not accept it.

0:31:420:31:44

Then, with respect, Sister Julienne,

0:31:440:31:48

you know what you should do.

0:31:480:31:50

I feel terribly foolish.

0:31:530:31:55

You just got carried away.

0:31:550:31:57

It's easy to overburden a man.

0:31:580:32:00

They think they must give the impression of being more

0:32:000:32:03

substantial than they actually are.

0:32:030:32:05

I'll visit Mr Romaine after he finishes work this evening.

0:32:050:32:08

See if I can get to the bottom of things.

0:32:080:32:10

Might I take your car?

0:32:100:32:12

No.

0:32:120:32:13

Right, love, I've got two minutes before Mrs Finney's rinse

0:32:200:32:24

needs to come off. Let's get you shifted.

0:32:240:32:26

Don't want you getting bed sores.

0:32:260:32:27

There you go, that's better.

0:32:270:32:29

I'll see you at tea time.

0:32:290:32:31

Have a good rest. You'll soon be on the mend.

0:32:310:32:34

SHE MUMBLES

0:32:340:32:37

M-mend...

0:32:370:32:39

What confuses me, Mr Romaine, is that you were perfectly prepared to come to the class.

0:32:460:32:52

So I can see that you're keen to support your wife.

0:32:520:32:55

Yeah, I am, Sister.

0:32:550:32:56

I'd do anything for her.

0:32:560:32:59

Except...

0:32:590:33:00

..be by her side at the birth.

0:33:000:33:02

I'm the oldest of six.

0:33:050:33:07

Me mum had them all at home.

0:33:070:33:10

It's very thin walls in the house.

0:33:100:33:12

I can still hear the screaming.

0:33:120:33:14

It's all right, Mr Romaine...

0:33:140:33:16

..I do understand.

0:33:170:33:19

The fears we have in the present

0:33:220:33:24

often lie in the experiences of the past.

0:33:240:33:26

Now, why don't you go home and tell your wife what you just told me?

0:33:260:33:31

I think she'll understand too.

0:33:310:33:33

Morning.

0:33:410:33:43

Good morning.

0:33:430:33:44

We missed you last night. We had the Scrabble board out,

0:33:490:33:52

we could've done with someone who can spell!

0:33:520:33:55

I had a headache.

0:33:560:33:57

Lucille...

0:34:000:34:01

..what Mae Stanton said was unforgivable.

0:34:030:34:06

Why would you apologise?

0:34:080:34:10

Because I'm from the East End, and I'm embarrassed

0:34:110:34:17

and ashamed to think that one of mine would treat you in that way.

0:34:170:34:21

Listen...

0:34:230:34:24

..I've been made a scapegoat before today.

0:34:260:34:29

I've been picked on, and I've been bullied.

0:34:290:34:32

When?

0:34:340:34:36

When I was in the Army.

0:34:360:34:37

There weren't many nurses from my sort of background,

0:34:390:34:43

and there was one Sister who thought there shouldn't be any at all.

0:34:430:34:47

Everything I did was wrong,

0:34:470:34:49

every tiny mistake was punished and put on file.

0:34:490:34:53

I kept holding out, holding on,

0:34:550:34:58

not letting her get the better of me.

0:34:580:35:01

A soldier was brought in wounded,

0:35:030:35:04

after an accident during a live firing exercise.

0:35:040:35:08

He was crying for his mum, he was only 18,

0:35:080:35:12

and I squeezed his hand and I said, "I'll be your mum till morning."

0:35:120:35:16

Never saw morning.

0:35:190:35:21

And that Sister spoke against me at the inquiry.

0:35:250:35:29

I wasn't to blame,

0:35:310:35:32

the inquiry said that...

0:35:320:35:34

..but I'd had enough.

0:35:350:35:38

I bought myself out my post, came home.

0:35:380:35:41

You shouldn't have felt you had to do that,

0:35:440:35:47

you are an excellent nurse.

0:35:470:35:48

I could say the same to you.

0:35:500:35:52

I've had patients who won't let me touch them

0:35:560:35:59

because they think the black will rub off on their skin.

0:35:590:36:02

I'm sorry.

0:36:040:36:05

I know that's not enough.

0:36:060:36:08

Mrs Stanton, I understand that you are looking for someone to blame,

0:36:380:36:44

but what happened to Marjory was not my fault,

0:36:440:36:47

and it was not your fault either.

0:36:470:36:48

I never said it was!

0:36:480:36:50

I heard some gossip...

0:36:510:36:53

..people saying that Marjory became unwell

0:36:540:36:56

because she was on her feet, working in here for her whole nine months.

0:36:560:37:01

To think those silly gossiping women believe they know better

0:37:010:37:04

than all the highly-trained doctors at the hospital.

0:37:040:37:07

Only the good Lord himself knows why she had that stroke.

0:37:090:37:12

I brought a prescription for Marjory.

0:37:170:37:20

May I take it upstairs?

0:37:200:37:22

Yeah.

0:37:280:37:29

Once you're washed, Marjory, we'll brush your teeth and do your hair.

0:37:380:37:41

Who does yours?

0:37:410:37:43

Hair.

0:37:430:37:44

I go to a woman who runs a salon from her kitchen.

0:37:460:37:49

That don't sound very professional.

0:37:490:37:50

I like it.

0:37:500:37:53

Reminds me of back home.

0:37:530:37:55

When I was a child my mother used to plait my hair at the kitchen table.

0:37:550:37:59

She made them so tight.

0:37:590:38:01

I can still remember the pain!

0:38:010:38:03

Do you miss her?

0:38:030:38:04

Your mum?

0:38:040:38:06

Of course.

0:38:090:38:10

But she writes with all the news.

0:38:130:38:16

I'll get the powder, shall I?

0:38:160:38:18

You're a good boy today, Teddy!

0:38:200:38:22

Hello!

0:38:220:38:24

-You're home early.

-I haven't got many classes now.

0:38:240:38:26

It's mainly private study.

0:38:260:38:28

After all, I'm practically at University.

0:38:280:38:30

Ah. Well, in that case you can help me peel the potatoes.

0:38:300:38:33

Shall we put on the radio?

0:38:330:38:35

Absolutely.

0:38:350:38:37

It's a shame it's a bit early for Radio Luxembourg.

0:38:370:38:40

It's a bit more groovy than the boring old BBC.

0:38:400:38:44

# Tomorrow

0:38:450:38:48

# Ah

0:38:480:38:51

# Wa-ooh

0:38:510:38:54

# You say that you belong to me

0:38:540:38:58

# And I rule the world

0:38:580:39:01

# A queen in all her majesty

0:39:030:39:06

# Knowing I'm your girl

0:39:060:39:11

# But will I wear a golden crown

0:39:110:39:14

# In the morning light?

0:39:140:39:19

# I am a queen for tonight

0:39:190:39:22

# Queen for tonight

0:39:220:39:24

# But will I have a king tomorrow? #

0:39:240:39:28

Give me that. You're making a right mess!

0:39:320:39:35

Have a rest, Mrs Stanton.

0:39:360:39:38

I'll take over here.

0:39:380:39:40

Thank you.

0:39:400:39:41

Come on, then.

0:39:490:39:50

Let's have another go at these teeth, eh?

0:39:500:39:53

On...the...

0:39:580:40:00

..mend.

0:40:020:40:03

So you keep saying, darling.

0:40:050:40:08

So you keep saying.

0:40:080:40:10

BABY CRIES

0:40:130:40:18

Goodbye, Mr Chivvers.

0:40:210:40:23

Yeah.

0:40:230:40:25

See you tomorrow.

0:40:250:40:26

BABY CRIES

0:40:260:40:28

Sounds like baby needs something.

0:40:280:40:30

Maybe a cuddle with Mum?

0:40:300:40:33

It'll only end in upset.

0:40:330:40:36

Mae'll be out in a minute.

0:40:360:40:38

She'll deal with it.

0:40:380:40:39

You could see to him?

0:40:390:40:41

What, and get my head bitten off for not doing it right?

0:40:410:40:44

Come on, baby.

0:40:520:40:53

Oh, there-there.

0:40:530:40:55

You know, Marjory, she's...

0:40:570:41:01

..she's started to speak.

0:41:010:41:02

Same three words over and over again,

0:41:040:41:07

but it's a start, innit?

0:41:070:41:09

Absolutely.

0:41:090:41:11

I miss her, Nurse.

0:41:140:41:16

I really do.

0:41:170:41:19

She's still there, Mr Chivvers.

0:41:190:41:21

You just have to look a little harder to find her.

0:41:210:41:24

It's supposed to be a man's job looking after the family.

0:41:240:41:27

Only I never had to do that cos Marj,

0:41:270:41:32

she kept things running lovely.

0:41:320:41:34

Now...

0:41:380:41:40

..the way she is...

0:41:400:41:43

I can't make things right.

0:41:470:41:48

Not for her...

0:41:500:41:52

..not for any of us.

0:41:530:41:55

Nanna Mae's here.

0:41:550:41:58

Give him to me.

0:41:580:41:59

I'm, erm, I'm off down the pub.

0:42:000:42:03

No surprise there, then!

0:42:030:42:05

KNOCKING

0:42:100:42:12

Enter.

0:42:120:42:15

Ah, Nurse Anderson.

0:42:150:42:17

Nurse Crane said you wished to see me, Doctor.

0:42:170:42:19

Yes, it's about Marjory Chivvers.

0:42:190:42:22

I've managed to find her a place at an occupational therapy clinic.

0:42:230:42:27

I think she should be encouraged to accept it.

0:42:270:42:31

They usually treat geriatric patients,

0:42:310:42:34

but I've made them aware that Marjory has a new baby to care for.

0:42:340:42:38

She'll need to work on different skills.

0:42:380:42:41

I think that might really help her.

0:42:410:42:44

Marjorie needs to believe that she has a future,

0:42:440:42:47

and so do the people who love her most,

0:42:470:42:50

meanwhile, we must never say

0:42:500:42:54

that there's nothing we can do.

0:42:540:42:56

All right?

0:42:560:42:58

You're back late.

0:42:590:43:01

I'll get your supper.

0:43:010:43:03

Magda did a coq au vin.

0:43:030:43:06

Ooh, delicious!

0:43:060:43:07

If you like that kind of thing.

0:43:070:43:09

Do I detect a tone?

0:43:090:43:11

Oh, no.

0:43:110:43:12

But I can see why it wouldn't suit everyone.

0:43:120:43:15

Coq au vin?

0:43:150:43:16

Having an au pair!

0:43:160:43:18

There are challenges in having a young woman around the house,

0:43:180:43:23

one who wanders around half dressed.

0:43:230:43:26

Heads could be turned.

0:43:260:43:28

Shelagh, I assure you, I've never looked at Magda in that way.

0:43:280:43:31

Not you! Timothy!

0:43:310:43:33

Oh, I see.

0:43:330:43:36

Though now you mention it!

0:43:360:43:38

I only have eyes for you.

0:43:380:43:40

Although perhaps you're right to be concerned about Timothy.

0:43:420:43:45

On the bright side, she has got him doing the dishes.

0:43:450:43:49

So what can they do for Marjory here?

0:44:020:44:05

The idea is that she'll come here weekly to regain strength

0:44:050:44:09

and learn new approaches to everyday tasks.

0:44:090:44:13

This place could give her some hope for the future.

0:44:140:44:18

I've seen enough.

0:44:180:44:19

-There's more, Mae.

-No, there ain't.

0:44:210:44:23

I'm not having her dragged down stairs

0:44:230:44:26

and across town to sit with a bunch of...

0:44:260:44:28

If this is your hope, Dr Turner,

0:44:280:44:31

I'd hate to see your despair.

0:44:310:44:33

Mrs Stanton glimpsed the future

0:44:410:44:46

and she did not like what she saw.

0:44:460:44:49

So nothing changes.

0:44:490:44:50

Marjory is trapped inside those four walls.

0:44:500:44:53

Unable to walk, or speak, or care for her children.

0:44:530:44:57

What cannot be changed must be endured.

0:44:590:45:02

Do you believe that?

0:45:020:45:03

When I was a girl? No.

0:45:030:45:07

But with experience, and age...

0:45:070:45:10

..hope dims.

0:45:130:45:15

Do you mind if I sit a little while?

0:45:220:45:24

I could read to you?

0:45:260:45:28

If you are lonely, I can keep you company.

0:45:280:45:31

Right, dig deep. No slacking,

0:45:430:45:45

and you work on your skills.

0:45:450:45:47

Right, lads, get out there and give it some welly!

0:45:470:45:50

Ooh...

0:45:550:45:57

You cut your finger again, love?

0:45:590:46:00

No, it's just these practise contractions.

0:46:000:46:03

Ooh...

0:46:030:46:05

That don't look like a practice one to me.

0:46:050:46:09

Ah! Allan, will you please come here and help me?

0:46:090:46:11

I'll get her to the maternity home and be back here,

0:46:110:46:14

-as soon as possible.

-Oh, Allan, come on!

0:46:140:46:16

Allan! Allan!

0:46:160:46:19

Practice your keepie-uppies in the meantime.

0:46:190:46:21

Get back here now.

0:46:210:46:23

Oi! It's not funny!

0:46:230:46:24

Allan! Allan!

0:46:240:46:27

Mr Chivvers.

0:46:300:46:31

You want to make things right for your family?

0:46:330:46:36

Yeah, I do.

0:46:360:46:37

This is your chance,

0:46:390:46:41

your chance to build a proper future for your wife.

0:46:410:46:44

Hold tight, Jan!

0:46:500:46:52

Go easy on the corners, Allan.

0:46:520:46:54

It's all right. Nearly there.

0:46:540:46:55

How's Marjory?

0:47:010:47:02

She's on the mend.

0:47:030:47:06

I'd love to pop up and keep her company.

0:47:060:47:08

Another time, eh? She's having a nap.

0:47:080:47:10

All right, Mrs Buckle?

0:47:190:47:20

Oh, all right, Dennis?

0:47:200:47:22

-I'll have my son, thanks.

-Course.

0:47:220:47:24

Yeah, we've got things to do.

0:47:240:47:26

Come on girls! Let's go see your mummy.

0:47:290:47:32

Come along, Karen.

0:47:350:47:37

What you doing?

0:47:400:47:42

She can't go out in her nightie.

0:47:420:47:44

She needs to look nice.

0:47:440:47:45

Going out? Going where?

0:47:480:47:50

To them classes...

0:47:500:47:52

..at the hospital.

0:47:520:47:54

I called Dr Turner,

0:47:540:47:55

she starts on Monday.

0:47:550:47:57

Blue cardie all right, love?

0:47:570:47:59

She's going nowhere.

0:47:590:48:00

Do you think she wants people seeing her like that?

0:48:000:48:03

I think she wants out this room and to have some kind of life!

0:48:030:48:06

Look, I'm grateful for everything you've done,

0:48:060:48:09

Mae, I really am...

0:48:090:48:11

..but I'm the man of the house.

0:48:150:48:16

-Don't make me laugh!

-I mean it!

0:48:160:48:18

Sorry.

0:48:180:48:20

Actually, no, I'm not,

0:48:200:48:21

cos this is how it's going to be now.

0:48:210:48:23

Me, Marj,

0:48:240:48:28

the kids, and you,

0:48:280:48:30

all working to get through this.

0:48:300:48:32

And we will.

0:48:330:48:35

We will get through it.

0:48:350:48:37

And if she needs someone in the night,

0:48:390:48:44

then I'll be here...

0:48:440:48:45

..cos I'm her husband.

0:48:470:48:48

It's not far to go now.

0:49:000:49:01

You can hang on.

0:49:010:49:03

I can't! I can feel something down there.

0:49:030:49:05

I think it's the head!

0:49:050:49:08

Allan!

0:49:080:49:10

Hold on, love. I'm calling for help.

0:49:100:49:12

Get back here! Allan!

0:49:120:49:13

Don't panic, Mr Romaine.

0:49:170:49:19

A midwife is on their way.

0:49:190:49:20

Should I let her push or...?

0:49:200:49:22

No, it's very important that she doesn't push yet.

0:49:220:49:24

Perhaps you could encourage her to pant.

0:49:240:49:26

To pant? Pant, pant, pant, yeah, thank you.

0:49:260:49:29

Mrs Romaine has gone into labour.

0:49:290:49:30

She's in the team's football bus, which is down by the river.

0:49:300:49:33

If you take your bike you should be there in no time.

0:49:330:49:35

Mr Romaine?

0:49:350:49:36

-Oh, thank goodness, Allan!

-Yeah, I'm here, I'm here.

-Allan!

0:50:020:50:05

Midwife said she'll be here in a minute, all right?

0:50:050:50:08

ENGINE REVS

0:50:080:50:10

Uh, come on.

0:50:100:50:11

Help me off with my knickers!

0:50:130:50:15

I can't do that! I can't go down that end!

0:50:150:50:18

It's never bothered you before.

0:50:180:50:20

That's how we got here in the first place!

0:50:200:50:22

Come on! Allan!

0:50:220:50:24

Allan! Get back in here.

0:50:240:50:26

Allan!

0:50:260:50:27

You all right, darling?

0:50:270:50:29

Oh, what?

0:50:300:50:32

HORN BEEPS

0:50:330:50:35

Please, if I could just get through? I'm a midwife on call.

0:50:360:50:38

Sorry, Sister, no can do.

0:50:380:50:40

The brakes have seized, we can't shift her.

0:50:400:50:42

Oh, dear.

0:50:420:50:43

Can you see anything?

0:50:490:50:51

I ain't looking!

0:50:510:50:52

You have to! You can't catch a baby with your eyes shut!

0:50:520:50:55

Hurry!

0:50:550:50:57

Oh, my days.

0:50:570:50:59

Another one coming!

0:50:590:51:01

All right, Jan.

0:51:030:51:05

You give it some welly!

0:51:050:51:06

Good girl.

0:51:090:51:10

That's it, it's coming!

0:51:100:51:13

Here now.

0:51:130:51:14

Goodness, Mr Romaine, you are doing well.

0:51:160:51:19

Erm, do you have something we can wrap baby in?

0:51:190:51:21

Yeah, clean strips, bag on the front seat.

0:51:210:51:23

Perhaps you could?

0:51:230:51:25

Ah, yeah.

0:51:250:51:27

Hello!

0:51:300:51:32

Thank goodness you're here, Sister.

0:51:450:51:47

-He won't stop barking orders.

-I can imagine.

0:51:470:51:50

But between the two of you, you have done rather a marvellous job.

0:51:500:51:53

Just a few more pushes and baby will be born.

0:51:530:51:55

You hear that, Jan?

0:51:550:51:57

Next one that comes, you give it some...

0:51:570:51:59

Thank you, Mr Romaine.

0:51:590:52:00

I think Janet knows exactly what to do. Ready?

0:52:000:52:03

Well, well, well.

0:52:210:52:24

Well done, Mrs Romaine. Pant, pant, pant.

0:52:240:52:26

The head's out. When you're ready, another push.

0:52:330:52:38

SHE GROANS

0:52:400:52:42

You have a little girl!

0:52:550:52:57

Well done, both of you.

0:53:010:53:03

Do you want your mummy? There we go.

0:53:030:53:06

There we go.

0:53:110:53:13

Would you like to cut the cord, Mr Romaine?

0:53:170:53:20

Head between your knees, and deep breaths.

0:53:220:53:24

I'll have one of these, please.

0:53:350:53:37

Mrs Edwards!

0:53:370:53:39

Nurse Dyer, how are you?

0:53:390:53:41

It was stolen while I was out taking my daily constitutional.

0:53:410:53:45

It's a Morris Minor four-door saloon...

0:53:450:53:48

That was found abandoned at the entrance to the southbound

0:53:480:53:51

tunnel just up from the Black Sail.

0:53:510:53:53

Oh, thank goodness!

0:53:530:53:56

Well, I'm afraid I don't share your elation.

0:53:560:53:59

It was impeding the flow of traffic.

0:53:590:54:01

Well, that's hardly my fault.

0:54:010:54:04

Do you have any clues of the identity of the thief?

0:54:040:54:07

Well, whoever it was, they left the keys in the car.

0:54:070:54:11

That was amazing.

0:54:210:54:23

You were amazing.

0:54:230:54:25

Next baby, I promise I'm going to be right by your side the whole time.

0:54:270:54:30

No, you're bloody not.

0:54:320:54:34

You look lovely.

0:54:440:54:46

So I brought you something.

0:54:480:54:50

They're nothing fancy.

0:54:540:54:55

Wed-ding.

0:55:030:55:05

Yeah.

0:55:080:55:10

Wedding.

0:55:100:55:12

-Oh, hello.

-Hello, indeed.

0:55:260:55:28

All right, my girls?

0:55:400:55:42

Marjory Chivvers faced her future with her family by her side.

0:55:460:55:52

Her quest was not for novelty, but wholeness.

0:55:520:55:56

Not for change, for restoration of the things she'd lost.

0:55:560:56:01

Together, she and Dennis found new ways to care for each other

0:56:020:56:07

and their children

0:56:070:56:09

and discovered reserves of strength

0:56:090:56:12

that they never knew they had.

0:56:120:56:14

The longest paths lead into sunlight

0:56:180:56:23

when they are paved with love.

0:56:230:56:25

Hello.

0:56:320:56:34

We only asked Mrs Edwards for a couple of recipes

0:56:390:56:42

so we could cook something to make you feel at home,

0:56:420:56:45

but she rather exceeded expectations.

0:56:450:56:47

Ta dah!

0:56:470:56:50

I don't know what to say!

0:56:500:56:52

How about a quick Grace, and then we can all tuck in?

0:56:520:56:55

These little dumplings look scrumptious.

0:56:550:56:58

What have I told you about helping yourself?

0:56:580:57:00

I don't know how many more times I can apologise for borrowing your car.

0:57:000:57:04

I'll let you know when you're done.

0:57:040:57:06

Now...

0:57:080:57:09

Everything is just a bit too much for your wife at the moment.

0:57:120:57:15

-She's going nowhere.

-Fit for a queen.

0:57:150:57:18

We've just got to find entrants!

0:57:180:57:20

I will enter.

0:57:200:57:21

She loves you almost as much as I do, Trixie.

0:57:210:57:23

Oh, dear!

0:57:230:57:26

These young girls are

0:57:260:57:27

offerings to the fertility gods.

0:57:270:57:29

There's no treatment for it.

0:57:290:57:31

Lucille faces racism and prejudice when a new mother falls ill. Sister Winifred is keen to have fathers be more involved in the care of their babies.


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