Episode 5 Call the Midwife


Episode 5

Drama about midwives in 1960s London. Lucille must win the trust of a mother who is terrified of giving birth. Nurse Crane and Dr Turner encounter a suspected smallpox case.


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MATURE JENNY: Flight takes many forms.

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It can be an unfurling of feathers, a soaring upward into light,

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or a departure.

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Or running away - a retreat from pain

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towards a distant joy we cannot see for clouds.

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Flight can be

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such a very lonely enterprise.

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-ALL:

-# In light inaccessible

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# Hid from our eyes

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# Most blessed, most glorious

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# The ancient of days

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# Almighty, victorious

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# Thy great name we praise. #

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Taxi to London Airport?

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Oh, Christopher!

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I would have been perfectly content walking to the Commercial Road

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and flagging down a black cab.

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In those shoes? And with this amount of luggage?

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My godmother made it very clear that if I turn up at her house

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in Portofino with anything less than four changes of clothes per day,

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plus matching accessories, I'd be letting the side down.

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And I'm going there for months.

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How many months?

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I don't know.

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I haven't packed any winter clothes.

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The wardrobe's still bulging with tweed and fur and gloves.

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I've even left behind my favourite beaded cashmere sweater.

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I've no intention of still being on the Italian Riviera

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by the time it's cold enough for that.

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Trixie, the moment you feel ready to come home, you're to send me

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your flight details by telegram, and...

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..I'll be waiting to collect you.

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Even if I have to borrow Nurse Crane's snow chains

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and push the car all the way here.

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As a friend?

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Yes. Absolutely as a friend.

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Not so fast, young Beatrix Franklin!

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You're not doing us out of the chance to say goodbye!

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And in honour of the occasion, I am saying nothing about

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the pile of laundry you've chucked in the corner of our bedroom!

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THEY CHUCKLE

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Take care.

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-Take care of yourself.

-Thank you.

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-Be safe.

-Bye, Val.

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I'll send you a postcard.

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Yeah, you better.

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-ENGINE STARTS

-Drive safely.

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Oh, don't do that, Michael.

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When's your next appointment?

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-What day is it?

-Tuesday.

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It'll be today, then.

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-Shouldn't they have told you where you're going to have it by now?

-Why?

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There's plenty of time.

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Let's hope. You haven't even looked for a pram yet.

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All right. Will you stop going on?

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Well, there's no harm in asking. Hospital or home?

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Let me know what they say.

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Be good for your mum.

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DOOR CLOSES

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Oh, a letter personally addressed to you, Sister Monica Joan.

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What news is this?

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Is that the appointment for your cataract surgery, Sister?

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"And immediately there fell from his eyes

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"as it had been scales.

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"And he received sight forthwith."

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And remember - with Nurse Franklin's patients spread amongst us,

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it's economic with time but thorough with care.

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We've been one woman down before and we made it through.

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-Nil desperandum.

-Come on, then.

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He's in there! I can hear him.

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That's him! Go in after him.

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No, don't touch him!

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-Get out!

-Get him out!

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Got him.

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Get out. Out!

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-CREW MEMBERS SHOUT

-No, please.

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Get out!

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-No, please!

-Get him off my ship!

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No! Please!

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Off and out to port.

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-Get off!

-Get off!

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I'm looking for my wife - Eunice Dobson.

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Dobson?

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She said she had an appointment.

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Your wife's name is on our books, but, from our records,

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it doesn't seem that she comes to clinic.

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Unless she's under the care of St Cuthbert's, Mr Dobson?

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She says she's been coming here for weeks.

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It's her second and she's not far off.

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I see.

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Maybe with all this sun, she decided to stay home.

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I'm sure there's some explanation.

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Explanation or none, I'll add her to tomorrow's lists.

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Though what time we'll get to you, I'm not quite certain.

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Then allow me, Nurse Crane. I'm up that way.

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I can add her to my morning rounds.

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Oh. Thank you, Nurse Anderson.

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I'm looking for the Seamen's Mission. C-Can you help me?

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I can't help you.

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I-I'm looking for the Seamen's Mission.

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Sorry, son. Get on your way.

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Excuse me, I-I'm looking for the Seamen's Mission. Can you help me?

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Nah, I don't know it.

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Excuse me, sir, can you help me?

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I'm looking for the Seamen's Mission.

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E-Excuse me. I need help.

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Can you help me? I'm looking for the Seamen's Mission.

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Over there.

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What do you want?

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How was the clinic? What did they say to you this time?

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The usual - baby's all right, nothing to worry about.

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No, they didn't, Eun.

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Cos I went and you weren't there.

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You haven't been going, have you?

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I just don't see the point.

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What - not a single appointment?

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With Michael, you were there every week by this stage.

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Well, it's not like how it was before, is it?

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How do you mean?

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I was having a baby, Kenny. I was happy.

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Because then I had no idea what was facing me, did I?

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Now I do.

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Our Father, who art in heaven,

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hallowed be thy name;

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Thy kingdom come;

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Thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.

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Give us this day our daily bread.

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And forgive us our trespasses,

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as we forgive those who trespass...

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Hey! What's up with you?

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Please...leave me.

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Eunice Dobson?

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I'm Nurse Anderson, a midwife.

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Is there any particular reason

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why you haven't been to clinic, Mrs Dobson?

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No point. This one kicks - it's obviously growing.

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Now I'm here, we just need to make sure everything is normal.

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Especially if you haven't had any checks at all.

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Nurse, there's nothing wrong.

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I'm sure. But if I can take your blood pressure now...

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-No. Don't touch me!

-Eunice, what is the matter with you?!

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Look, I'm fine.

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And if you think I'm going anywhere near a hospital this time,

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you can forget it.

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I suggest your wife gets some rest and I will call back later.

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We can talk further then and make plans for the birth.

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Look, can you just go now, please?

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Thank you, Mrs Buckle.

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What's all that?

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Five minutes of filing, according to Councillor Woodburn.

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Not to mention the fact that he wants me to find

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the papers for the picnic fund somewhere in this lot an' all.

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-The what?

-Old Alderman Matchett set up a charitable concern

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to raise money for the Poplar picnic.

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But he's been dead so long, and now it seems they've got to

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spend the money by the end of the month,

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so if I don't find the papers, then there's no money,

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and then there's no chance of a picnic.

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Well, you best get cracking, then!

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I remember the picnic being the highlight of the year

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during my fair-haired youth!

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Well, it was for all of us.

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Imagine the memories for Reggie - a day out in the countryside,

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some games, apple cider!

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Ooh, and I remember your little pigtails!

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THEY CHUCKLE

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Ugh!

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Eunice Dobson's last labour resulted in an assisted delivery -

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Simpson's forceps.

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That would have been very distressing.

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Yes. What happened when you went to see her?

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She refused to be examined and became quite upset.

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Were you not able to give her any reassurance?

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She asked me to leave and I thought it might be best

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if I did as she asked.

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It's not going to be easy to gain her trust.

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I'm going to go back later today and start afresh.

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God loves a trier!

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Spend as long as you can with her.

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Time isn't always a healer. But it can open doors.

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I hope so.

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Most kind, Councillor Woodburn. Enjoy the rest of your evening.

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Well, the good news is that I've been through every document

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and there's nine and six in the picnic account.

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So, why the long face?

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Apparently because yours truly did such a good job organising

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the beauty contest, Councillor Woodburn feels that

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if Poplar wants a picnic, it's up to me to organise it.

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I got the train over from Frinton at lunchtime.

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It's a good job our Kenny called me,

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cos she needs some sense talking into her.

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SHE CLEARS HER THROAT

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-What is it this time?

-Sorry to disturb you.

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But it is important that we take your history

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and get these checks done for Baby.

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Perhaps if you and I can start again?

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A cup of tea and a few liquorice torpedoes, anyone?

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Liquorice torpedoes?

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A thank-you present from Mrs Hagger at the sweet shop.

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She gave me some violet creams as well,

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but I've put them in the fridge in case they melt.

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Tea, Lucille?

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Tea?

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There's nothing more refreshing in this kind of humidity!

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At home, we used to drink black coffee with a dash of salt in it.

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Did that not have a deleterious impact on the flavour?

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Possibly. But it cools you down!

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I wish I had a fan - a proper, fold-out one,

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like my Auntie Priss had.

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I'm not working up much of a breeze with my Myles Midwifery.

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What is it you're worrying your head about?

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Eunice Dobson.

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I've never met a woman so adamant that she can't,

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and won't, give birth.

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If I had a penny for every woman who's shouted, "I can't do this!"

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when she gets to the sharp end, I'd have...

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ooh, er, 29 bob and 11 pence by now!

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It is very common during labour. But unusual beforehand, I grant you.

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And she is so vehement and so distressed.

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It really worries me.

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It sounds like she needs a good sit down with Nurse Reassurance.

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You listen to what she has to say. See if the notion of a home birth,

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in familiar surroundings, will help calm her nerves.

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No, no. Please. No, please!

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Come on! Who do you think you are - the invisible man?

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Pox!

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Pox! Pox!

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Sorry to interrupt, ladies.

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Please don't apologise. I'm sure it's an emergency.

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Until further notice, we have to assume so.

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Apparently a Nigerian national - a sailor -

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was run out of the Seamen's Mission last night.

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It seems he may have been suffering from smallpox.

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Oh, no!

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I thought we'd put all that to bed after last year's carry on!

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Witnesses said his face was badly marked.

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Have you notified the Officer for Health?

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Yes. And the police are on the lookout for him.

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His name is Ade Babayaro.

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-SHE SIGHS

-There'll be rumours flying around

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before the bobbies even get their boots on.

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What shall we tell our patients if they ask?

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Or if they start demanding vaccinations?

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People think there's a vaccination for everything these days.

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Well, there is one for smallpox.

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But we can't launch it until this man is found

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and his illness is confirmed.

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All anyone can do in the meantime is be vigilant.

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For sightings of the sailor?

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Or signs of the disease in others.

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We don't know where he's been or where he may go next.

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Welcome home, Reggie.

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-Hello, Mum!

-Oh!

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Oh, you look so skinny - there's nothing of you!

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Still smell nice, though.

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So do you!

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Right, young fella, what's it to be - toast or crumpets?

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Oh, it's already sorted. That's all sorted.

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I've done you some bacon butties - they're in a tray in the oven.

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Just a quick breakfast, please, and then straight out.

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Cos I need you two on publicity duty.

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For this picnic, it's all hands on deck. See you later...

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Alligator!

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Eunice?

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Look, love. I've finished it.

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Eunice...tell me how you really feel.

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EUNICE SOBS QUIETLY

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THEY CHATTER

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If I may have your attention, please.

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When are we being vaccinated? That's all I want to know.

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It's not as simple as vaccinations, Mrs Lawrence.

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Why not?

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He's had the polio sugar cube.

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Why can't he have the smallpox one?

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People died in Bradford last year.

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Because until the Board of Health have confirmed the case...

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What's to confirm?

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There's smallpox in Sweden - I read it in the paper.

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Ain't that where that sailor came from?

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To put your minds at rest,

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smallpox does not spread that easily by itself.

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You would need to be very close to the sailor to catch it yourselves.

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Now, unless you're here with a genuine condition,

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I suggest you go home.

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Dear Jesus...please help me.

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I tried keeping it to myself.

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Let me guess - the bigger Baby gets, the more fear there is?

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I didn't mean for it to happen.

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I wouldn't let Kenny touch me for two years...

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..and then we did and the whatsit split.

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The sheath?

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I even tried to get rid of it.

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One of them dentists near Limehouse.

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But I couldn't let him near.

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Not after what happened last time at that hospital.

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I just couldn't!

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What did happen last time, Eunice?

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If you tell me, I can try to help.

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The baby was stuck.

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The next thing, the doctor came in and my legs were strung up...

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He intervened?

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He...stuck them metal things inside me, Nurse,

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and I was screaming.

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SHE BREATHES HEAVILY All right, Eunice.

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But he just kept on pulling.

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He was ripping it out of me!

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I shouted for him to stop!

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Eunice. Eunice, now, Michael's out there - you need to calm down!

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Why wouldn't he stop?

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Maybe cos that's what happens, love.

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-This doesn't help!

-SHE SOBS

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Pamela, please!

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I love it.

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But I can't have it!

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Now, listen to me.

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As sure as night turns to day, your baby is going to be born -

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right here, at home.

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And I will be there to support you the best I know how.

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Well, you're going to have to think of something, Nurse.

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Because I'm not having this baby.

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Don't tell me - the rest of the dockers

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have taken a vow of abstinence.

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No, love. But rumour has it

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that smallpox sailor slept rough by my bins last night!

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It's been like a ghost town in here since.

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Why? The dockers were vaccinated because of that outbreak last year.

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It's not them they're worrying about, is it?

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It's their wives and kids.

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And if he's not found soon, we'll find him ourselves.

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That won't be pretty.

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I can appreciate the concern, but the police are searching

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and all guidelines are being followed to the letter.

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I should bloody well hope so.

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Anyway, it's that box of tin plates you promised to Violet

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for the picnic that we've come for.

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Picnic? While I've got an empty pub to worry about?

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You can whistle.

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That sailor needs to be found.

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After all, the man is out there alone somewhere, sick,

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in pain and undoubtedly scared for his life.

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Chara leaves from Nonnatus. Vi's organising it.

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All welcome!

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The charabanc's on order, so all set for an early start to Epping Forest.

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So, what I need you to do is chivvy along

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all the shopkeepers in Poplar, cos we need donations.

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Then I want you to collect from your given area

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and bring everything here to Picnic HQ.

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While we're collecting,

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you'll be glad to know that Fred's going to be doing the posters

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and the trestle tables, benches, camping chairs and tents.

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Whoa, whoa, whoa. I thought this was meant to be teamwork.

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Well, it is. Someone's got to be in charge.

0:24:100:24:12

Ain't they, Reggie?

0:24:120:24:14

KNOCK AT DOOR

0:24:160:24:18

You're still here, Dr Turner.

0:24:180:24:19

For a good while yet.

0:24:190:24:21

I was wondering if you had a moment for some advice.

0:24:210:24:24

Why not? It's what everyone else is asking for today.

0:24:240:24:28

Patients have taken up more time enquiring about rumours

0:24:280:24:32

of the smallpox sailor than the symptoms they came in with.

0:24:320:24:35

I'm sure you were able to reassure them, Dr Turner.

0:24:360:24:39

I only wish I could reassure Eunice Dobson.

0:24:390:24:42

She's suffering such anguish -

0:24:420:24:45

so terrified of another forceps delivery

0:24:450:24:47

that she doesn't want to give birth.

0:24:470:24:49

I'm not sure what else I can do alone.

0:24:500:24:53

Then why don't we both go to see her?

0:24:530:24:56

How about tomorrow evening? I'll make an assessment.

0:24:560:25:00

Thank you, Doctor. I dislike the notion of any patient being scared.

0:25:000:25:05

Same here. Unfortunately, right now, many are just that.

0:25:050:25:10

I'm taking this lot to the institute,

0:25:320:25:34

so can you take this loaf straight home?

0:25:340:25:36

-Cos Fred might need it for his tea.

-Aye-aye, captain.

0:25:360:25:39

Oh, Mr Palmer, thanks so much for the flasks. Most kind.

0:25:410:25:46

COUGHING

0:25:500:25:52

Hello?

0:25:590:26:01

No, please...do not go near me.

0:26:240:26:27

I am sick.

0:26:280:26:29

Are you hungry?

0:26:300:26:33

I am hungry...

0:26:330:26:35

..but you must not come near me.

0:26:350:26:37

Thank you.

0:27:000:27:01

You are a good man.

0:27:030:27:04

But, please, you should go from me now.

0:27:060:27:08

If they find you with me, they'll chase you too.

0:27:080:27:10

I get chased.

0:27:110:27:13

I'm Reggie.

0:27:140:27:16

My name is Ade, but I cannot shake your hand.

0:27:180:27:21

I need help.

0:27:230:27:24

But you must keep it a secret.

0:27:260:27:27

I know a forceps delivery can be very traumatic.

0:27:390:27:42

But the chances of needing assistance

0:27:440:27:47

with a second baby are far less.

0:27:470:27:49

Did you know that?

0:27:490:27:51

I don't want to talk about it!

0:27:510:27:52

I really believe that we can make things better for you this time.

0:27:520:27:57

Do you?

0:27:570:27:58

Cos I don't.

0:27:580:28:00

Eunice! Don't talk to the doctor like that!

0:28:000:28:03

It's like there's this film in my head and it...

0:28:070:28:10

..keeps playing and playing.

0:28:100:28:13

Same thing, over and over.

0:28:130:28:15

I'm trying to switch it off all day.

0:28:150:28:18

All night!

0:28:190:28:20

And it keeps coming back on again?

0:28:200:28:22

Yes!

0:28:220:28:23

What happens in the film, Eunice?

0:28:310:28:33

I'm looking at the ceiling of the room.

0:28:340:28:36

The lights are in my eyes. And I can't move.

0:28:380:28:42

I can't move. I can't move.

0:28:420:28:45

And they come at me and I hear the metal clanging!

0:28:460:28:49

It's all right, Eunice. It's all right.

0:28:490:28:52

We can help you.

0:28:520:28:54

I've had the sort of help that people like you give me

0:28:540:28:56

and I don't want it!

0:28:560:28:57

There's got to be another way around this.

0:29:000:29:02

There's a fella at work

0:29:020:29:03

whose wife had something called a Caesar section.

0:29:030:29:06

A Caesarean is only carried out when the mother's life is at stake.

0:29:060:29:10

Eunice's problem isn't with her pregnancy, but her mind.

0:29:110:29:14

-Eunice?

-Go away!

0:29:160:29:18

I'm sorry, Doctor.

0:29:190:29:21

Her mother didn't bring her up to have things wrong with her mind,

0:29:210:29:24

or to make a load of fuss about nothing!

0:29:240:29:27

She'll just have to get on with it.

0:29:280:29:29

Eunice can't just "get on with it",

0:29:290:29:33

because, for her, this isn't about nothing.

0:29:330:29:35

She is clearly suffering from a phobia -

0:29:370:29:40

an overwhelming fear of childbirth.

0:29:400:29:42

And she is going to need an enormous amount of support.

0:29:440:29:47

Dundee cake for you, Ade.

0:29:530:29:57

Thank you.

0:30:040:30:06

32...

0:30:230:30:25

33 packets of biscuits, 13 of which are chocolate.

0:30:250:30:31

It's going to be like Billy Bunter's birthday party come this weekend!

0:30:310:30:34

Good, cos there's nothing worse than a feeble spread.

0:30:340:30:37

Where's the Dundee cake, Reggie?

0:30:390:30:42

Secret.

0:30:420:30:44

What do you mean, "secret"?

0:30:440:30:46

It's a secret with my friend.

0:30:460:30:49

What friend?

0:30:500:30:52

Where've you been, Reggie?

0:30:540:30:56

Who's taken your cake?

0:30:570:30:58

And who's asking you to keep secrets?

0:30:590:31:02

You won't be in any trouble, Reggie, we promise.

0:31:030:31:06

-SHE SINGS ALONG TO RADIO

-# I like it, I like it

0:31:100:31:15

# I like the way you run your fingers through my hair

0:31:150:31:20

# And I like the way... #

0:31:200:31:22

-I know you've spoken to that man, Reggie.

-Ade?

0:31:360:31:39

Yes, Ade. And I know that you've given him presents.

0:31:390:31:45

But when you handed him the food, did you touch him?

0:31:450:31:48

Tell the doctor the truth, Reggie.

0:31:480:31:50

Smallpox is spread by touching.

0:31:500:31:53

He hasn't got a temperature and there's no sign of any rash,

0:31:530:31:57

so we don't need to worry yet.

0:31:570:31:58

Ah. I'm worried silly already, Doctor.

0:31:580:32:01

Am I in trouble?

0:32:010:32:04

You were being kind.

0:32:040:32:06

No-one ever gets in trouble for being kind, Reggie.

0:32:060:32:09

But if you could remember where he was when you found him,

0:32:100:32:14

that would be really helpful for a lot of people.

0:32:140:32:17

I will see Reggie again in two days,

0:32:210:32:24

unless he develops symptoms in the meantime.

0:32:240:32:27

Thank you, Doctor.

0:32:270:32:28

Or if he gives you any more information.

0:32:280:32:30

Oh, dear! Is someone feeling under the weather?

0:32:350:32:38

Not yet!

0:32:380:32:39

We think Reggie's been in contact with the smallpox case.

0:32:390:32:43

Reggie! Really?

0:32:430:32:45

Not saying.

0:32:450:32:46

He'll be having his wings clipped until further notice.

0:32:480:32:51

And he certainly won't be going out with a cake tin under his arm!

0:32:510:32:54

You were wise to consult Doctor. But I'd counsel against panic.

0:32:540:32:58

Well, you say that.

0:32:580:33:00

But you weren't the one that set him up to be preyed on!

0:33:000:33:03

Sh, sh, sh, it's all right.

0:33:030:33:05

I knitted the same for Michael when he was born

0:33:110:33:13

and that didn't end up in the bin!

0:33:130:33:15

Mum! She's in no fit state!

0:33:150:33:17

Well, she needs to buck up, then, doesn't she?

0:33:170:33:19

She's known for nine months this was going to happen

0:33:190:33:22

and now she's expecting some sort of miracle.

0:33:220:33:24

There's only one way in and one way out.

0:33:240:33:27

Please, can you just leave me alone?

0:33:270:33:29

You heard what she said, Mum.

0:33:320:33:34

I'll take you to the station first thing in the morning.

0:33:340:33:37

I'm just dropping off the insulin for the evening rounds.

0:33:490:33:53

You've picked a nice spot for your perusals, Lucille.

0:33:530:33:56

Oh, it catches the sun in the evening -

0:33:560:33:58

it reminds me of the porch back home.

0:33:580:34:00

Right, I'll be two ticks!

0:34:010:34:02

Oh, I'm sorry, Dr Turner. Have I detained you?

0:34:040:34:07

Oh, no. I... I just need to get back to call the Board of Health.

0:34:070:34:11

There still seems to be no sign of this smallpox patient.

0:34:120:34:15

Please, God, do not forsake me.

0:34:300:34:34

Do not let me die in this terrible place.

0:34:380:34:40

HE SOBS

0:34:470:34:50

Good morning, Reggie.

0:35:070:35:09

Dr Turner asked me if I'd call in on my rounds.

0:35:090:35:12

Would you like a cup of tea, Nurse Crane?

0:35:120:35:15

There's one in the pot. I've been keeping Reggie's fluid levels up.

0:35:150:35:18

I am sufficiently watered, thank you.

0:35:180:35:21

-BELL RINGS

-Oh! That'll be a customer.

0:35:210:35:23

Right, lad.

0:35:290:35:31

We're good pals, you and I.

0:35:320:35:34

And if there's one thing neither of us like,

0:35:340:35:36

it's a lot of fussing and fretting.

0:35:360:35:38

That's two things.

0:35:380:35:39

Well, yes.

0:35:390:35:41

Meanwhile, the easiest way to get everyone to calm down

0:35:430:35:46

is for you to tell us where we can find your friend.

0:35:460:35:49

It's a secret.

0:35:510:35:53

I understand.

0:35:530:35:55

And I've kept secrets for friends because I want to help them.

0:35:550:35:59

But sometimes, in order to really help someone,

0:35:590:36:04

you have to break your promise and bring other people in.

0:36:040:36:07

You can just whisper it. I'll do the rest.

0:36:100:36:13

HE WHISPERS: Underground. Underground.

0:36:160:36:19

Oh...thank you.

0:36:190:36:21

Please help him.

0:36:220:36:23

Mr Babayaro?

0:37:030:37:04

Mr Babayaro?

0:37:120:37:13

Forgive my intrusion, sir, but I've been led to suppose

0:37:320:37:35

that you would benefit from medical assistance.

0:37:350:37:37

Put more plainly, that you need help.

0:37:390:37:41

I'm Nurse Crane. And I'm here on my own - don't worry.

0:37:460:37:50

If you would let me look at you, we can work out what to do.

0:37:550:37:58

No. Please, no.

0:38:090:38:10

You will catch this.

0:38:110:38:12

Not necessarily.

0:38:140:38:15

Smallpox is a very bad illness.

0:38:200:38:23

Don't send me home.

0:38:280:38:29

I have no home, nowhere to go.

0:38:320:38:33

You reckon this is smallpox, do you?

0:38:350:38:36

Well...I'm taking you to see a doctor...

0:38:390:38:43

..but I reckon differently.

0:38:450:38:46

Dr Turner? I've found him.

0:38:490:38:52

Ade Babayaro is currently concealed in my car

0:38:530:38:56

and hidden with a travel rug.

0:38:560:38:58

Then keep him there.

0:38:580:39:00

I'll bring the medical officer and their dermatologist.

0:39:000:39:03

In my humble opinion, this is not a case of

0:39:030:39:07

what all and sundry presumed it was.

0:39:070:39:09

God has heard my prayers.

0:39:480:39:50

There was smallpox in our last port, sir.

0:40:060:40:08

The men on the ship believed this was the same.

0:40:090:40:12

I also believed it.

0:40:120:40:13

This isn't smallpox, Mr Babayaro, and it never was.

0:40:140:40:18

As the medical officer confirmed, you have leprosy.

0:40:190:40:22

Leprosy is also a very bad illness.

0:40:240:40:27

In the Bible...

0:40:270:40:28

We've moved on since the Bible, I promise you.

0:40:280:40:30

And leprosy isn't as contagious as we used to think.

0:40:320:40:35

It even goes by a different name these days - Hansen's disease.

0:40:360:40:41

But you can help me?

0:40:430:40:44

Better than that. We can cure you.

0:40:440:40:47

There's even a small specialist hospital, called Jordan's,

0:40:470:40:51

not far away in Surrey.

0:40:510:40:53

You should be a new man by the time they've finished with you.

0:40:530:40:56

How long must he wait to be admitted?

0:40:560:40:59

Not long. Perhaps a few days.

0:40:590:41:01

I will go back to where I was before. I wait there.

0:41:010:41:05

If I may interject, Mr Babayaro,

0:41:050:41:08

I'm of the view that that would be unwise.

0:41:080:41:11

Nurse Crane is right.

0:41:110:41:13

We have a spare bedroom. You may stay there

0:41:130:41:16

and enjoy the peace and quiet whilst you wait to be transferred.

0:41:160:41:20

Perfect!

0:41:200:41:21

And I can call in, in the event of any problems.

0:41:210:41:25

You may take meals with us, if you wish.

0:41:250:41:27

No. With your permission, it is best I eat alone.

0:41:280:41:32

Vi?

0:41:420:41:44

Guess what - that sailor didn't have smallpox. He had leprosy.

0:41:440:41:48

-SHE GASPS

-A leper?

0:41:480:41:50

Well, don't they send them away to a colony?

0:41:500:41:53

Not any more. He's seen a specialist

0:41:530:41:55

and apparently leprosy is not contagious.

0:41:550:41:58

There's no chance Reggie caught a thing.

0:41:580:42:00

Oh! Thank goodness for that.

0:42:000:42:02

Can Ade come on the picnic?

0:42:020:42:04

Er, no, Reggie, no, not this time.

0:42:040:42:06

He's got to get himself better first.

0:42:060:42:09

Oh, cheer up, Reggie.

0:42:090:42:12

Look - my to-do list is as long as my arm!

0:42:120:42:16

I need your help.

0:42:160:42:17

If I die...

0:42:270:42:28

..I know you will continue to bless me,

0:42:300:42:33

to be there with me.

0:42:330:42:35

I want to say thank you for guiding me everywhere,

0:42:360:42:39

and what I have been through.

0:42:390:42:41

Thank you for...protecting me.

0:42:420:42:46

Forgive me, Sister. I am sorry.

0:42:490:42:50

"There came a leper to him, beseeching him,

0:42:550:42:59

"and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him,

0:42:590:43:03

" 'If thou wilt, thou can make me clean.' "

0:43:030:43:06

You have been cast out because of your infirmity.

0:43:070:43:10

I was cast out before that.

0:43:130:43:14

It is my life to walk alone.

0:43:160:43:18

How so?

0:43:180:43:19

Oil was found near my home in Nigeria.

0:43:210:43:23

My father was an elder

0:43:260:43:27

and when they came for the oil, there was conflict.

0:43:270:43:30

My escape was to go to Lagos and to sea.

0:43:310:43:34

So I lived, but I was cast adrift.

0:43:370:43:41

Ah.

0:43:410:43:43

We are none of us cast adrift, if we have faith.

0:43:430:43:48

In the cross, we find our anchor.

0:43:500:43:54

And don't forget, the charabanc leaves at eight o'clock!

0:44:020:44:07

It's upside down.

0:44:090:44:10

Quick - give me another one.

0:44:110:44:14

And don't tell Vi! Anything goes wrong with this picnic,

0:44:140:44:17

she'll have my guts for garters.

0:44:170:44:19

Ade continues to have a good appetite. He has cleared his plate.

0:44:220:44:26

I'm sure you'll all be delighted to know that a suitable place

0:44:260:44:28

has been found for our newest resident.

0:44:280:44:31

Ah, does that bring us to the unfortunate position

0:44:310:44:33

that Mr Babayaro will be leaving us?

0:44:330:44:36

The connection between our devotionals has been most uplifting,

0:44:370:44:42

and in such a brief time.

0:44:420:44:45

It does indeed, Sister.

0:44:450:44:47

Ade will be admitted to Jordan Hospital in Surrey tomorrow.

0:44:470:44:51

There he will receive the treatment he so requires.

0:44:510:44:56

And he's likely to make a full recovery, Sister?

0:44:560:44:58

Or will he always be marked?

0:44:580:45:00

The scarring is unknown. But in time, Ade will eventually be cured.

0:45:000:45:06

In my book, such positive news calls for another slice of Madeira cake.

0:45:080:45:12

Eun?

0:45:300:45:32

Eunice?

0:45:330:45:34

SOBBING

0:45:380:45:41

Eun?

0:45:410:45:42

Eun? What... What you doing? Open the door, love.

0:45:440:45:48

-Let me in.

-No.

0:45:480:45:49

It's started, Kenny...

0:45:500:45:52

..and I can't do it. I'm not coming out.

0:45:530:45:56

Eunice, open this door.

0:45:570:45:59

Come on, love. We don't want to wake Michael up, do we?

0:45:590:46:02

No.

0:46:040:46:06

I'm not doing it, Kenny. I can't.

0:46:060:46:08

Please don't do anything stupid, love, all right?

0:46:090:46:12

I'm going to get some help, OK?

0:46:120:46:14

Is that Nonnatus House? It's my wife, Eunice Dobson.

0:46:250:46:29

She's locked herself in the bathroom.

0:46:290:46:31

I think she might try and hurt herself.

0:46:310:46:32

You've got to send Nurse Anderson.

0:46:320:46:34

I'm not going to need any help, Kenny.

0:46:340:46:36

Call Dr Turner and tell him what's happened.

0:46:360:46:38

-Perhaps he can meet me there.

-Of course.

0:46:380:46:41

Eunice...I love you. You know that.

0:46:460:46:51

Michael loves you and I love you.

0:46:510:46:53

You'll be better off without me.

0:46:540:46:55

No! Eun!

0:46:570:46:58

SHE GROANS

0:46:580:47:00

Nurse Anderson asks if Dr Turner could meet her

0:47:050:47:07

at Eunice's flat right away.

0:47:070:47:09

I think I'll come too. I might be of some help.

0:47:090:47:12

Please let me in. You need my help in there.

0:47:180:47:21

Listen to her, Eun! She knows what she's doing.

0:47:210:47:24

No! Stay away from me, all of you.

0:47:240:47:26

It's coming and there's nothing I can do.

0:47:280:47:30

I want it over, Nurse!

0:47:320:47:34

Oh, I'm so...

0:47:350:47:36

Eunice. Please, don't do this.

0:47:360:47:39

I can help you, but first you need to calm down and open this door.

0:47:400:47:43

Nurse, I need to get her out of there.

0:47:450:47:48

One more try. We don't want to alarm her.

0:47:480:47:50

Eunice...

0:47:520:47:53

No matter what you do, Baby will come out anyway.

0:47:540:47:57

And it will be so much worse that way. Do you hear?

0:47:580:48:01

You don't want to hurt Baby, do you, Eunice?

0:48:010:48:03

You love your baby. You remember that?

0:48:050:48:07

SHE GROANS

0:48:070:48:10

Let me kick the door down.

0:48:100:48:11

Kenny, why don't you take a break and let me talk to her?

0:48:110:48:15

It's just you and me now, Eunice.

0:48:190:48:21

And I'm sure your contractions are very painful.

0:48:230:48:25

SHE GROANS

0:48:250:48:27

If you come out, I'm here.

0:48:270:48:29

I can help you cope with them.

0:48:310:48:32

LOCK CLICKS

0:48:370:48:40

Eunice...

0:48:400:48:41

Now all you need to do is keep looking at me.

0:48:460:48:49

That's it.

0:48:540:48:56

Come to me now.

0:48:570:48:58

Just keep looking at me.

0:49:000:49:02

That's it!

0:49:040:49:05

Come to me now.

0:49:050:49:07

Nurse Anderson got her out and into the bedroom.

0:49:130:49:16

Took a while, but she did it.

0:49:160:49:17

I've taken Michael round to the neighbours'.

0:49:170:49:20

You go to her, Shelagh.

0:49:200:49:22

Me being there would only make matters worse.

0:49:220:49:25

I'll be out here with Mr Dobson, just in case.

0:49:250:49:27

Goodbye, Ade.

0:49:340:49:36

And be sure to follow all hospital instructions.

0:49:380:49:41

These specialists do know what they're talking about.

0:49:410:49:44

I will pray for you.

0:49:460:49:47

And I for you.

0:49:470:49:49

For your faith, Sister.

0:49:570:49:59

Your prayers have set me on a firm path to wellness.

0:50:060:50:09

May it be the same blessings for you.

0:50:100:50:12

Come on, boys. Hurry up with those chairs! Over to the car.

0:50:280:50:31

Look after that trifle like it's the Crown Jewels, Reggie,

0:50:310:50:33

cos Mrs Smith will have my guts for garters if her bowl gets chipped!

0:50:330:50:37

I don't want to put a dampener on things, Nurse Crane.

0:50:370:50:41

Law of averages says you'll get two vomits and three caught shorts.

0:50:410:50:44

Observe these buckets - one empty, the other filled with sawdust.

0:50:460:50:50

Thus equipped, I am prepared for most eventualities.

0:50:500:50:53

Geoffrey!

0:50:530:50:55

Pocket.

0:50:550:50:56

Catapult?

0:50:570:50:59

Confiscated.

0:51:000:51:02

On the bus.

0:51:040:51:05

Up you get, Sister. And not too much singing, do you hear?

0:51:070:51:10

We don't want it getting too rowdy.

0:51:100:51:12

I may not be able to refrain, Mr Buckle. It is oft the journey

0:51:120:51:16

that provides more delight than one's destination.

0:51:160:51:19

I'm actually quite experienced, when it comes to childcare.

0:51:190:51:22

Mmm. What about when it comes to changing nappies?

0:51:220:51:25

It could be hours before your mum and dad catch us up!

0:51:260:51:29

I'm sure there'll be plenty of experts willing to advise me!

0:51:300:51:33

-Ah...

-SHE CHUCKLES

0:51:330:51:35

Go on, Alf.

0:51:350:51:37

-ENGINE STARTS

-Sit down, Reggie.

0:51:370:51:39

# Ging, gang, goolie-goolie-goolie... #

0:51:390:51:42

EUNICE SOBS OK! OK, Eunice.

0:51:460:51:49

We're nearly there.

0:51:490:51:50

You're doing so well.

0:51:500:51:52

She's... She's very close.

0:51:520:51:53

Come on, Eunice. You can do it.

0:51:550:51:58

I can't do it! Nurse, I told you, I can't!

0:51:580:52:01

You can! You can do it, Eunice!

0:52:010:52:04

You can breathe this baby out.

0:52:040:52:06

Look, look, look, look, look, follow me! Follow me!

0:52:060:52:09

SHE BREATHES DEEPLY

0:52:090:52:11

That's it! Good girl.

0:52:110:52:13

-SHE YELLS

-No!

0:52:150:52:18

That's it. You're doing beautifully.

0:52:240:52:28

That's it, Eunice.

0:52:280:52:30

With your next breath,

0:52:300:52:31

your baby's going to be born into this fine new day.

0:52:310:52:34

EUNICE GROANS

0:52:340:52:37

Nearly there, Eunice. Keep going!

0:52:370:52:40

BABY CRIES

0:52:460:52:48

You have a beautiful daughter!

0:52:480:52:51

You did it!

0:52:560:52:58

Thank you!

0:52:580:53:00

Thank you!

0:53:000:53:01

You did it!

0:53:030:53:04

Oh!

0:53:210:53:23

Oh!

0:53:240:53:26

Oh, my girl!

0:53:270:53:29

I'm so proud of you.

0:53:300:53:32

Ah. What about that, then, Vi, eh? We did it!

0:53:450:53:50

-Yes. We did.

-SHE CHUCKLES

0:53:500:53:54

Fred, people are just going in the bushes!

0:53:560:53:59

You can't have them tiddling all over the place.

0:53:590:54:02

I mean, this picnic's got parish connections

0:54:020:54:05

and it'll bring out the wasps.

0:54:050:54:06

You'll have to go and tell the men and I'll go and talk to the ladies.

0:54:060:54:10

DOORBELL RINGS

0:54:120:54:14

DOORBELL RINGS

0:54:160:54:18

I've put the cases in the hall for now.

0:54:180:54:21

Everything smells a bit musty.

0:54:210:54:23

I think everyone's gone out.

0:54:230:54:25

You said you didn't want any balloons or a welcoming committee.

0:54:250:54:28

That's why we didn't tell them we were coming home.

0:54:280:54:30

I still wanted to see everyone. Besides, I'm ravenous.

0:54:300:54:34

Gangway!

0:54:340:54:35

Oh! Hello!

0:54:370:54:39

Was that you ringing on the bell?

0:54:390:54:41

Sorry. Waters have broken on the other side of the borough!

0:54:410:54:44

Fifth baby.

0:54:440:54:46

Where is everyone?

0:54:460:54:48

Parish picnic, Epping Forest!

0:54:490:54:51

So wonderful you're back.

0:54:510:54:53

I don't like it.

0:54:550:54:56

I'm afraid I don't care if you don't like potted beef, Dean.

0:54:560:55:00

Once you've bitten into it, you can't put it back.

0:55:000:55:03

And I'm rationing their lemonade

0:55:030:55:04

if they can't obey the rules regarding the facilities.

0:55:040:55:08

-Oh, give it to me.

-Come on, Phyllis!

0:55:080:55:09

You were a demon at quoits on board ship, by all accounts.

0:55:090:55:12

We can vouch for that!

0:55:120:55:14

We certainly can!

0:55:140:55:15

Barbara! Tom!

0:55:160:55:18

Oh, Teddy!

0:55:240:55:25

-SHE SNIFFS

-Ooh!

0:55:290:55:31

We picked up a couple of stragglers on the way.

0:55:340:55:36

And we picked up a box of cream cakes.

0:55:360:55:40

I'm always rather uneasy when I see a shop open on a Sunday.

0:55:410:55:45

But nobody's going to be clapped in irons for a few vanilla slices.

0:55:450:55:48

I hope not.

0:55:480:55:49

We don't want your visit home ending in a Black Maria.

0:55:490:55:52

This isn't a visit, Phyllis.

0:55:540:55:57

The Bishop declared my mission to Birmingham accomplished.

0:55:570:56:01

We're back where we belong. For good.

0:56:010:56:04

CHEERING

0:56:040:56:06

Hurrah!

0:56:060:56:07

MATURE JENNY: Eunice had no more children,

0:56:100:56:12

and her family, now complete, became a happy one once more.

0:56:120:56:17

Her condition, not recognised or named for many decades,

0:56:170:56:21

is now known as tocophobia.

0:56:210:56:24

Fear can keep us tethered, terror can clip our wings,

0:56:290:56:33

but trust eases pain.

0:56:330:56:36

Hope can lighten the sky.

0:56:360:56:39

Love makes us courageous.

0:56:390:56:42

And what matters most is not

0:56:460:56:49

whether we hide or fly or even where our journey takes us -

0:56:490:56:53

but what guides us home and where we come to land.

0:56:530:56:57

I mean, it's just like the photo! It's perfect.

0:57:100:57:13

I'm in to get me cataract done.

0:57:130:57:15

Ripe as a French fig and ready for slicing!

0:57:150:57:19

I could lose my children. I have no home.

0:57:190:57:21

I have no means of making a living.

0:57:210:57:23

Am I to stand by while you corrupt their young minds?

0:57:230:57:26

Phyllis!

0:57:260:57:27

My friend - she's inside. Please help!

0:57:270:57:30

Lucille must win the trust of a mother who is terrified of giving birth. Nurse Crane and Dr Turner are anxious to find a possible smallpox sufferer.


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