Episode 8 Call the Midwife


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Episode 8

Drama about midwives in 1960s London. The team must rally to prepare for Sister Monica Joan's birthday. The closing of a maternity home brings an influx of expectant mothers.


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We speak of the dawn of a new day

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as though it is a wholly welcome thing.

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But there are times when dawn breaks into darkness...

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..forcing us to face the things we never knew we'd see.

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DOOR OPENS

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Cup of tea for you.

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Drink it while it's hot.

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This time last year there was a wedding dress

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hanging from that picture rail.

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What I said to you when we arrived in South Africa still holds good.

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There are three things you need when you arrive in a foreign

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country - a scrub-up, a shave and a visit to the khazi.

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I'm not in a foreign country, Fred.

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I'm in my own home.

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In a place where I've lived for years.

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-It just, er...

-It feels like somewhere

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where you've never been before.

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Now, you're big enough and ugly enough to make your own khazi

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and scrub-up arrangements.

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The shave you need to leave to me.

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We recount old beats of other stories.

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We retrace our steps, take refuge in echoes of that which is familiar.

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We follow custom and ritual because we have no map.

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We reach out blindly.

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We cannot see the path and, far from home,

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we cling to the way these things are always done.

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# Be still my soul

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# When change and tears are past

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# All safe and blessed

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# And we shall meet at last. #

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Please be seated.

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Before we move out into the churchyard for the committal

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proceedings, Barbara's great friend and colleague Phyllis Crane

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will read a short poem to help us to gather our thoughts.

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BABY CRIES

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-Sorry.

-Oh. Please don't take the little one out.

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None of us objects to the sound of a crying child.

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"If I should die and leave you here awhile,

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"be not like others sore undone, who keep

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"long vigils by the silent dust, and weep."

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"For my sake - turn again to life

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"and smile..."

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"..nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do

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"something to comfort weaker hearts than thine."

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"Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine

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"and I, perchance may therein comfort you."

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-Vi?

-No, thank you.

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What's happened to Phyllis?

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She said she was going upstairs to get changed.

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-BELL RINGS

-Oh.

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Off you pop.

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DOOR OPENS

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I've been called out to a Mrs Olive Mawson.

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Nine months along, staying with family in the district.

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Are you going to go downstairs, Phyllis?

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I've never found grief and a cold spread to be an easy combination.

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The service itself is trial enough.

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Your reading gave people a great deal of comfort.

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Tom chose it.

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It seemed apt.

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We've got work to do, haven't we?

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The world doesn't stop.

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Has it started?

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Your daughter's fine for now, Mr Hodgkiss.

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You can go to work.

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-Go.

-OLIVE WHIMPERS

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-They're what we call Braxton Hicks contractions, precious.

-Mm.

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You have to think of it as Mother Nature tuning up her orchestra.

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Try to relax a little.

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I thought I'd feel calmer when I moved back in with my dad.

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How about I make a cup of tea and you tell me why you did that?

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-DOOR CREAKS

-We're lucky the funeral didn't clash

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with Angela's birthday party,

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but I've still got my work cut out to get everything done by tomorrow.

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Can't you just buy it all from a shop?

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We have to get back to the business of life, Patrick.

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And everything else, it's the opposite of the pain and the grief

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and the loss we saw today.

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I feel as though I'll drown if I don't do something positive.

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Can I help?

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You can pass me things down off the high shelves.

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Starting with the bunny blancmange mould and my piping nozzles.

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Then go and change your tie before you head back to the surgery.

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My husband...

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was seeing another woman.

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I turned a blind eye.

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It was easy enough, as long as I ignored it.

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But then I couldn't ignore it... BELL RINGS

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..any longer.

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Excuse me.

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Oh, hello, Uncle Donald.

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Ironing service.

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Dad's already gone to work. You done his shirt for today.

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Well, he...he'll need a clean one tomorrow.

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Sorry, Nurse.

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Unexpected visitor.

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The laundry basket's on the draining board.

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Uncle Donald was in the Navy.

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Makes men quite handy, life at sea.

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FOOTSTEPS APPROACH

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Mr Hereward.

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Your parents say they're ready to leave when you are.

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I'm not sure I want to go with them now.

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I think it might be preferable to spending time alone.

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I've got years to do that, haven't I?

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Did you know that Barbara's name is still on the call

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board in the clinical room?

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Chalk doesn't rub out as completely as you think.

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I'll go with my parents.

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And next week I will come back...

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..and I will start again.

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SHE SIGHS

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Why...won't you...work?

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I cannot obtain access to the television news.

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Have the angels abandoned us completely?

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CHILDREN CHEER

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-SHE GASPS

-Ready?

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And wait for Daddy to say when.

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One, two...

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-PHONE RINGS

-..three - NOW!

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Sorry.

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Come on, everyone! Let's try that again.

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Dad, can I have a go?

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Indeed! My response would be to say that I find your attitude

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highly presumptuous.

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And that you won't receive an answer from this practice

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until the matter's been discussed with Dr Turner.

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Have I been called out?

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No. That was the Officer for Health,

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needing to speak urgently, and informing us

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that Warkworth Street maternity home is to be closed down.

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Still, Dr Gillies should have been put out to pasture years ago.

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He's apparently moving to a modernised group practice

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in Lewisham and most of his patients, including his

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mothers-to-be, are being referred to us with immediate effect.

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Shelagh, our maternity home has only got four beds.

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The children are going to finish their jelly and cream

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and have a lovely game of oranges and lemons,

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then we'll come up with a plan.

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ALARM RINGS

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Oh.

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Something the matter, Phyllis?

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My back.

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I thought I felt something go

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when I bent down to pick up some soil beside the grave.

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If we were to take on this caseload, it means that there would be

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more than 30 extra babies due in the next month alone.

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Dare I ask whether Warkworth Street have

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passed on details of all their discarded patients?

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Unfortunately, no.

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But we do have this.

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Ooh, would you like me to fetch you some embrocation, Nurse Crane?

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No, I would not!

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I would like you and your colleagues

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to put together as many additional home-delivery packs as we may

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now require and await further instructions.

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Yes, Nurse Crane.

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FOOTSTEPS APPROACH

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Hello, er, television repairs.

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I've had reports of ghosting and a very loud whistle.

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I take it you've tried wiggling the aerial?

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I haven't tried any remedy at all.

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Your mind has been fixed on matters of great sadness.

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But our young friend has passed to a better place than this

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and leaves behind a world more in need of prayer than ever.

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That is why I require untrammelled

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access to the television news,

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so that we know who to pray for.

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I wish you luck with that.

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Your cathode ray tube's gone.

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Oh.

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HE CLEARS THROAT

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I'm afraid you're slightly early, madam.

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Has anyone taken your ticket?

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I surmise you're what is known as the commissionaire.

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No, I'm the projectionist.

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Please be advised that my interest is entirely

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confined to the news reel,

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which is surely a public service

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and therefore complimentary?

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It's generally considered complimentary,

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as long as you've paid to see the main attraction.

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What is that?

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It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

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A philosophical treatise, perhaps.

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I'm sure my order will pose no objection.

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My daughter Olive's under your midwives at the moment.

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-Oh.

-Hm! I'll see you're provided with refreshments.

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HE CHUCKLES

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Perfect! This is just the right time of year for planting tulips.

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You see, the soil's cold,

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so the bulbs don't get bothered by the fungus

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and all them creepy-crawlies in the soil.

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Your mum's going to love these.

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Nurse Barbara looks lonely.

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No. She's got your mum to keep her company, hasn't she?

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But my mum was old.

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The latest fashion, that's what Kathy Victoria's looking for,

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but quite frankly that speckled toffee and cream ensemble

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doesn't seem to make it.

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It's too thick to lie flat enough with a double fold.

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And here's where the newest fashion trick...

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Good afternoon, ladies.

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We'll be running things slightly differently today.

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Everyone who normally attends this clinic should go to Sister Julienne

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at the table on the right, and if you were previously looked after at

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Warkworth Street, you are to see me, so that you can be re-registered.

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Please have your co-op card ready.

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Doctor will need to see anyone who's new.

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Can I smuggle a cup of tea in for you, Nurse Crane?

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Or would you rather have a gratis selection of functional

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-lumbar vertebrae?

-SHE CHUCKLES

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Another one with more sugar than Shirley Temple.

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I don't think one of these women from Warkworth Street has been

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properly monitored.

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My mum said you'd want to see my wee.

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Ooh, crunchy peanut butter.

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I prefer the smooth myself.

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I hope you've washed that jar out.

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Or else your urine will be chock-full of protein before

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we even start.

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You're lovely and perky for a first-time visitor.

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Some people find it all a bit daunting.

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I've had long enough to get used to the idea.

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I kept hoping it would go away.

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Hmm. Hope doesn't really help in these cases.

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How long have you been married?

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I'm not. My mum lent me her ring for coming here.

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And where is she today?

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On a shift at the sugar works.

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We made up our minds, I'm not keeping the baby.

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I'll talk to the social worker.

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PASSERS-BY GASP AND MUTTER

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Good.

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Nurse...

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..how long does it take to get a council flat?

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There are waiting lists.

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But I can get you the forms.

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-You aren't thinking of going back to your husband, then?

-Oh, no. No.

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I'm just not sure this is going to be a very good house for a baby to

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live in.

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-DOOR OPENS

-Myrna?

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-Myrna?

-I am not my mother, Uncle Donald!

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Oh.

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Your father really loves her.

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Where are your trousers?

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You will catch your death going around like that, sir.

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-OLIVE SOBS

-I think you're forgetting

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-it's November.

-Hm? Ge...

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Let me get this gentleman organised, then we can find a way ahead.

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Ow, ow, ow! Ow! Ow!

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Don't panic.

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That will be just another one of those practice contractions.

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SHE WHIMPERS

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The gentleman's name is Donald Chapman

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and, as I said,

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neatly dressed in a short raincoat, shirt and tie.

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Neatly dressed, but wearing nothing below the waist?

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Nothing that I could see, Sergeant,

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or had the inclination to enquire about.

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Hello, Nurse Crane. Hello, Mum.

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Reggie!

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What have you brought home this time?

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Spoons for you.

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Spoons? How lovely, Reggie.

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You can never have too many spoons.

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Three and nine.

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Trouble is he's getting more and more bored every minute.

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They were doing shopping in independence training

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before he went away.

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Now every time I turn my back, he's down Chrisp Street buying tat.

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I hope no-one is taking advantage.

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He's too trusting.

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Ow!

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Ooh. Your poor back.

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And...

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There you go!

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Could I have a go, Mr Hodgkiss?

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Erm... Oh, go on.

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Once it's in the splicer,

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make sure you scrape off every trace of emulsion.

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And, yes, that's the side you'll be sticking to the acetate.

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Telephone call for you, Mr Hodgkiss.

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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-Enter.

-DOOR OPENS

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Nurse Dyer. What can I do for you?

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Oh, there's nothing amiss.

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I'm glad to hear it.

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We are sorely tried at the present time

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and your good humour has not gone unnoticed.

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Smiling isn't hard work.

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Even when it's hard, you just make the shape with your face

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and the rest takes care of itself.

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Yes.

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Sister Julienne.

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I don't know what the rules are but

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I'd like to understand how your faith helps you

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in difficult times.

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Would it be all right if I came and sat in on prayers?

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Once in a while.

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You are completely welcome to attend chapel whenever you wish.

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Why not join us tomorrow morning?

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I will.

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You my doctor?

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I'm duty physician for the police this week, which is

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why they sent for me when they found you by the river.

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You do have a bit of a fever,

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which might have worsened any symptoms you already have.

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Made you a bit confused, perhaps.

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Weather's turned a bit nippy.

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Antibiotics will get any infection on the run.

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Have you someone who can tuck you up with a hot water bottle?

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I'm a very lucky man.

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Is your wife in good health?

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I don't have one of those.

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-That's not her knitting then?

-No.

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I was in the Navy.

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I'll drop him safely at home.

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It's on my way.

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Begging your pardon, doctor, but, er, whilst

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the gentleman was missing, we investigated our records...

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-Yes?

-He was in front of the magistrates for gross indecency some

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15 years ago, after being arrested in Limehouse.

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There was an earlier offence before the war.

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If he is homosexual, he is homosexual.

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It makes no difference to his current plight.

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With respect, doctor, it makes a difference

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when he's running round my district minus his nether garments.

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Erm, I've come to enquire after a Mr Chapman.

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He's my neighbour.

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Oh.

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Oh, Lord, our heavenly Father,

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we pray for Elizabeth our Queen, for Michael, our Archbishop

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and Robert, our Bishop.

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We also pray today for the people involved in the factory

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explosion in Japan.

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May the Lord help and sustain us.

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Lord have mercy.

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For those preparing for the by-election in Dumfriesshire

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and for all those called upon to participate

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in the Royal Variety Performance.

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May the Lord sustain and help them.

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Lord have mercy.

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For the British nylon industry,

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most notably those workers engaged in the manufacture of beachwear,

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lingerie, novelty embroidered hose and concealed zip fasteners.

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May the Lord sustain and help them.

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Lord have mercy.

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For Mr Spencer Tracy,

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so selflessly engaged in the pursuit of the missing fortune, and for

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all those professionally engaged in It's A Mad, Mad, Mad...Mad World.

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Sister, might we move on to the prayers for the sick and needy?

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G...

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I'm glad we drew matters to a close before we asked the Lord to help

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and sustain the showgirls of Ricardo's Revuebar.

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These are the events

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and personalities the Almighty himself imposed upon our world.

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And I am imposing a ban upon any more visits to the Palazzo Cinema.

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You may draw the content for our prayers

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from the BBC Home Service until the television is repaired.

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Is that a butterfly cake?

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Yes. Mrs Turner sent some after Angela's party.

0:25:190:25:22

I had thought to save it for the anniversary of my own birth,

0:25:220:25:26

which will otherwise doubtless go unmarked since joy now sits

0:25:260:25:31

so ill within these walls.

0:25:310:25:34

I really don't think that this is the proper time for any

0:25:340:25:37

sort of levity.

0:25:370:25:39

Perfume! For you.

0:25:420:25:44

Aw, that's thoughtful, Reggie.

0:25:440:25:47

You're welcome.

0:25:470:25:48

How much money did they take off him for that?

0:25:530:25:56

There's hardly any left.

0:25:560:25:58

It lowers my opinion of people, Fred.

0:25:580:26:01

Well, what if it raises Reggie's opinion of himself?

0:26:010:26:04

Lots of people get pleasure from giving presents, Vi.

0:26:040:26:07

SHE CLICKS TONGUE

0:26:070:26:09

Hello.

0:26:130:26:14

So, you haven't brought a urine sample,

0:26:140:26:16

you haven't brought your co-op card

0:26:160:26:18

and you tried the iron tablets but you didn't like them.

0:26:180:26:22

I'm sorry, nurse, but they made my jobs go black.

0:26:220:26:25

Every time I went to the lav it was like an explosion

0:26:250:26:27

in a charcoal factory.

0:26:270:26:28

A factual account of your experience would suffice.

0:26:280:26:31

Drawers off, please, and up on the couch.

0:26:310:26:34

You don't take any prisoners, do you?

0:26:340:26:36

Can you give us a hand up?

0:26:390:26:41

Erm...

0:26:420:26:43

I'm incommoded by my lumbago, I'm afraid.

0:26:430:26:46

Do you reckon you might be a bit old to be doing this?

0:26:520:26:54

Do you reckon you might be too young?

0:26:540:26:56

Blimey.

0:26:560:26:58

I hope I don't get you when the big day comes.

0:26:580:27:00

Go on, shuffle back.

0:27:020:27:03

HE SIGHS

0:27:140:27:16

Pen, leaf, comb,

0:27:570:28:00

shilling, thimble...

0:28:000:28:02

..book of matches.

0:28:030:28:04

This'll be a breeze.

0:28:050:28:07

Those antibiotics have been just the ticket.

0:28:070:28:11

I want you to study them at your leisure.

0:28:110:28:13

Then I'm going to take the tray away,

0:28:130:28:16

remove some of the objects and ask you to tell me what's missing.

0:28:160:28:20

You...you just want me to look at them?

0:28:230:28:26

Take your time.

0:28:270:28:28

Have a good look and tell me what you think has gone.

0:28:550:28:58

Er...

0:29:000:29:01

Erm.

0:29:060:29:07

It was the coin, it was a white...

0:29:120:29:14

Er, no.

0:29:140:29:16

Er, silver...

0:29:160:29:17

HE SIGHS

0:29:310:29:33

I want to go home now.

0:29:410:29:42

Hey, come on, pal.

0:29:440:29:45

-HE WHIMPERS

-There's no point running.

0:29:450:29:48

We'll face up to this together.

0:29:500:29:51

Don't mind us, Mrs Chowdury, we're just doing a few home improvements.

0:30:000:30:04

Halfway along that wall, if you'd be so kind, Nurse Anderson.

0:30:040:30:07

This is all going to get a bit cosy, Mrs Turner.

0:30:070:30:10

It'll get even cosier if central supplies can find us another bed.

0:30:100:30:14

Five will scarcely be enough.

0:30:140:30:15

The double order's just arrived from the laundry.

0:30:150:30:17

Let's make up this bed and then put the next new one in the side ward.

0:30:170:30:21

It will be doing duty as a second delivery room.

0:30:210:30:23

Will we still only have one gas and air machine?

0:30:230:30:25

We can use the portable devices from Nonnatus House.

0:30:250:30:28

But if the roster I've drawn up works,

0:30:280:30:30

we should have plenty of midwives.

0:30:300:30:32

Sister Evangelina used to say that the best medicine for pain

0:30:320:30:35

was the presence of another person.

0:30:350:30:37

-We've had some nice walks down here, haven't we?

-Yeah.

0:30:440:30:47

Over the years.

0:30:470:30:48

One day we might see it in daylight.

0:30:510:30:54

DONALD CHUCKLES

0:30:540:30:56

What was it the doctor called it?

0:31:010:31:03

Presenile dementia.

0:31:050:31:07

Is that like old age?

0:31:080:31:10

Well...

0:31:100:31:11

..there's no cure for it.

0:31:130:31:15

Won't string together, Stan.

0:31:180:31:19

What won't, pal?

0:31:210:31:22

This.

0:31:220:31:23

What's in my head.

0:31:230:31:26

It's like those times when you used to take me to the...

0:31:260:31:28

the propelling...

0:31:280:31:31

-propeller room.

-Projection room.

0:31:310:31:33

Yeah, and you used to show me all those bits of film, all broken up,

0:31:330:31:36

you know, snipped up and separate.

0:31:360:31:37

And then you used to stick them all altogether again

0:31:370:31:40

and then you'd put them on a wheel and you'd

0:31:400:31:43

shine a light through it

0:31:430:31:44

and they'd all go round so smooth and easy and...

0:31:440:31:50

..it all made perfect sense.

0:31:500:31:51

Now, that's why they call it the magic of the movies.

0:31:530:31:56

I can't stitch them together, Stan.

0:31:560:31:58

The pictures in my head.

0:32:010:32:04

I can't make them go round smooth.

0:32:040:32:05

Come here.

0:32:120:32:13

What am I going to do with you, pal?

0:32:200:32:22

Take you to work with me and sit you in the two and nines?

0:32:250:32:27

Well, you...

0:32:290:32:30

..buy me a choc ice, you never know your luck.

0:32:300:32:33

Mr Hereward. You're just in time for morning coffee and a ginger nut.

0:32:500:32:55

I brought you these.

0:32:550:32:56

Mr Hereward,

0:33:050:33:06

I think that if a parishioner who had just lost their wife

0:33:060:33:08

came to you two weeks later and said that they wanted to give away

0:33:080:33:11

her clothes, you would tell them it was far too soon.

0:33:110:33:14

But I always tell bereaved people to think of one gesture -

0:33:140:33:17

one little thing - that will help them to start moving forward again.

0:33:170:33:22

I thought this might be it.

0:33:220:33:23

Barbara lived to help others.

0:33:250:33:27

The person Barbara would most want to help right now is you.

0:33:280:33:32

And she can't, so I'm going to do it for her.

0:33:320:33:36

I will take these for safekeeping

0:33:360:33:37

until you're more sure of your own mind.

0:33:370:33:40

Her father wants me to go out to New Guinea.

0:33:420:33:44

He suggested I stay on to do mission work with him.

0:33:460:33:50

I've been offered a leave of absence by the Bishop but, er...

0:33:500:33:53

Will you take it?

0:33:530:33:55

How can I? How can I go anywhere if I can't take Barbara?

0:33:550:33:58

And I can't leave her behind.

0:34:010:34:02

You will find a way.

0:34:040:34:06

Or you will be shown.

0:34:070:34:08

I promise you.

0:34:090:34:10

You can't just move Uncle Donald into this house, Dad, you can't!

0:34:140:34:17

I'm about to have a baby,

0:34:170:34:19

A baby doesn't take up much room.

0:34:190:34:21

You said that yourself when you moved in!

0:34:210:34:22

Well, in case you hadn't noticed, Dad, Uncle Donald is a grown man!

0:34:220:34:25

What will people think?

0:34:250:34:26

-They'll think he's the lodger.

-SHE GROANS

0:34:260:34:29

Why don't you go and make us all a cuppa, Donald?

0:34:310:34:34

Tea's in the caddy with the Queen on.

0:34:340:34:36

Sugar's in Princess Margaret.

0:34:360:34:38

-Oh.

-HE CHUCKLES

0:34:380:34:39

No sugar, she's sweet enough.

0:34:390:34:41

When Mum was dying, she told me and you to look after each other.

0:34:470:34:52

And she said much the same to me and Donald.

0:34:530:34:56

Why would she say that?

0:34:560:34:57

Well, you can draw your own conclusions.

0:34:570:34:59

Or settle for least said, soonest mended.

0:34:590:35:01

Your mother and I set a lot of store by that.

0:35:010:35:04

Was it least said, soonest mended when he was had up in court?

0:35:040:35:07

Was it least said, soonest mended

0:35:070:35:09

when his filthy behaviour was all over the Poplar News?

0:35:090:35:12

-I never knew you knew.

-I don't know what I knew,

0:35:120:35:14

but I knew about that.

0:35:140:35:15

I just, I thought that you were just friends.

0:35:150:35:18

He was my friend.

0:35:180:35:20

Until your mother died.

0:35:200:35:21

And he's been more than that ever since.

0:35:230:35:25

Why did she tell you to look after each other?

0:35:300:35:33

Because of things, erm...we didn't need to discuss.

0:35:330:35:37

I was married to her.

0:35:390:35:40

He lived with his grandmother.

0:35:420:35:44

-This is turning my stomach!

-Olive, he loved you like a niece.

0:35:450:35:49

But what did you love him like, Dad?

0:35:490:35:51

In a way that's best left unsaid.

0:35:510:35:53

DOOR SLAMS

0:36:020:36:05

Oh.

0:36:110:36:12

I couldn't put them in the store room.

0:36:180:36:20

Simply couldn't.

0:36:200:36:21

Barbara belongs in here, with us.

0:36:250:36:27

And what's more, we're going to have a sherry in her memory.

0:36:270:36:31

-Sherry?

-It's the only thing she'd drink, being a vicar's wife.

0:36:310:36:34

-Well, erm...

-SHE CLEARS THROAT

0:36:370:36:38

Not on call tonight.

0:36:380:36:40

Ah!

0:36:420:36:43

We must raise a glass to Trixie, too,

0:36:430:36:46

sunning herself with her godmother in Portofino.

0:36:460:36:49

I'd get burnt to a crisp sunning myself in Portofino.

0:36:490:36:53

Not that I'd actually ever go there.

0:36:530:36:56

Sister, is Sister Julienne really not going to let

0:36:560:37:00

Sister Monica Joan have a little birthday celebration?

0:37:000:37:04

I'm sure the order would run to a sponge cake with a candle on it.

0:37:040:37:10

But she's just not allowed to receive presents.

0:37:100:37:12

They'd count as personal possessions.

0:37:120:37:15

Er, maybe there's a few snaps of her we could

0:37:150:37:18

put on display on the sideboard?

0:37:180:37:20

-Between some nicely arranged balloons?

-Mmm.

0:37:200:37:22

I expect we could come up with something from the order's archive.

0:37:220:37:25

But absolutely no balloons.

0:37:250:37:28

No balloons.

0:37:280:37:29

To Barbara.

0:37:310:37:32

Hello, Reggie.

0:37:490:37:50

Did Nurse Barbara like roses?

0:37:500:37:53

She carried them on our wedding day.

0:37:550:37:57

Last year.

0:37:570:37:59

But did she really like them?

0:37:590:38:01

She wasn't really a red roses sort of girl.

0:38:020:38:05

But she liked so many things.

0:38:060:38:08

It was a lovely wedding.

0:38:100:38:12

You had a carousel.

0:38:120:38:14

Yes.

0:38:150:38:16

-SHE SIGHS

-I think my waters have gone.

0:38:270:38:31

They've been dribbling away all night.

0:38:310:38:33

Are you moving in, Mrs Mawson?

0:38:340:38:37

I can't live in that house any more.

0:38:370:38:39

I've referred two twin cases

0:38:420:38:44

and one elderly multigravida to St Cuthbert's.

0:38:440:38:47

Given all the extra patients we've taken in from Walworth Street, that

0:38:470:38:51

still leaves us with 16 mothers at term in the next ten days.

0:38:510:38:54

Well, Mrs Lewis had her baby yesterday, so that leaves us four

0:38:540:38:59

beds ready, I've ordered in twice the usual amounts of

0:38:590:39:02

pethidine and chloral hydrate,

0:39:020:39:04

plus an extra lamp for the temporary delivery room.

0:39:040:39:06

-Olive Mawson to be admitted.

-BABY CRIES

0:39:080:39:12

SHE HUMS

0:39:120:39:14

-DOOR OPENS

-There we go.

0:39:140:39:16

Hells bells, sister.

0:39:170:39:19

I can't believe I'm doing this at my age.

0:39:190:39:21

-I can't.

-We'll soon have you on the bed and then you can leave

0:39:210:39:24

everything to us. You'll see we run like a well-oiled machine.

0:39:240:39:29

Oh. Marvellous!

0:39:290:39:31

I think we'll find that's helped things on a lot. Erm...

0:39:320:39:34

-SHE CLEARS THROAT

-Gangway.

0:39:340:39:37

It's just over here.

0:39:370:39:38

Oh.

0:39:430:39:44

Hello, love.

0:39:460:39:47

PHONE RINGS

0:39:510:39:54

Ooh.

0:39:560:39:58

Nonnatus House. Midwife speaking.

0:40:050:40:08

Hello is that Nurse Crane? It's Mr Chen. My wife's in labour.

0:40:080:40:11

Ah, Nurse Crane. I'm going out to Mrs Chen.

0:40:130:40:17

As far as I can tell, things are moving very rapidly.

0:40:170:40:20

I'm sorry, I can't seem to get going.

0:40:200:40:22

It's as if I'm frozen.

0:40:220:40:24

Or my back is.

0:40:240:40:25

I just don't understand you, Dad.

0:40:320:40:35

I don't need you to understand me.

0:40:360:40:38

-KNOCK AT DOOR

-Excuse me.

0:40:380:40:40

-Am I hearing raised voices in here?

-Yes!

0:40:400:40:43

Maybe I need YOU to understand ME. Maybe I need you to look at me,

0:40:430:40:48

on my own,

0:40:480:40:50

and try and imagine what that must be like

0:40:500:40:52

to spend half your life looking at people like you and Mum who love

0:40:520:40:56

each other, regardless.

0:40:560:40:58

And then you're standing next to him, regardless!

0:40:580:41:01

Come, now. These things will keep.

0:41:010:41:03

And then to find that when you need to be loved, when you need to be

0:41:030:41:07

stood by, that there is no-one doing anything of the kind.

0:41:070:41:11

I...I'd say that was terrible.

0:41:130:41:15

-SHE GROANS

-If it was true.

0:41:150:41:17

-But it's not true.

-You can tell her that again when she's done.

0:41:170:41:20

It isn't true.

0:41:240:41:25

Good girl. Good girl.

0:41:260:41:29

Where are we going now, then?

0:41:400:41:42

-Nowhere.

-Sometimes back pain is the sign that baby is on its way.

0:41:420:41:46

You did absolutely the right thing coming in to see doctor.

0:41:460:41:50

This way and we'll pop you on the ward.

0:41:500:41:52

Should I come, too?

0:41:520:41:53

Oh. Are you in labour, dear?

0:41:530:41:56

I reckon so.

0:41:560:41:57

Then you better had.

0:41:570:41:59

SHE GROANS

0:42:040:42:06

You're doing so well, precious.

0:42:060:42:07

I feel like I'm being torn in two.

0:42:100:42:12

Try closing your eyes.

0:42:140:42:15

Try thinking about a time when you felt really, really safe.

0:42:150:42:19

I always felt safe when I was a little girl.

0:42:220:42:25

KNOCK AT DOOR

0:42:250:42:27

How's Mrs Mawson doing?

0:42:330:42:34

Oh, head's descending well.

0:42:340:42:36

-We're not far off delivery.

-Good.

0:42:360:42:39

Can you please come to the ward? It's all hands on deck.

0:42:390:42:41

PHONE RINGS

0:42:450:42:48

Nonnatus House.

0:42:530:42:55

How may I assist you?

0:42:550:42:56

I need you to get here as quickly as you can

0:42:560:42:59

and bring extra gas and air.

0:42:590:43:00

Thank you.

0:43:000:43:02

GROANING

0:43:020:43:04

I can see baby's head now, Olive,

0:43:040:43:06

and unless I'm mistaken, it's got a beautiful head of hair.

0:43:060:43:10

That's right, I'll hang onto the gas mask

0:43:120:43:15

and you take care of the sick bowl.

0:43:150:43:16

Pudendal block.

0:43:170:43:19

Sh.

0:43:230:43:24

-Ooh!

-Can I be of some assistance, Nurse Crane?

0:43:290:43:33

Maternity home, if you would be so kind, Sergeant Woolf.

0:43:330:43:38

And could I prevail upon you to put your foot down?

0:43:380:43:41

-Will do.

-Ooh!

0:43:410:43:43

WAILING

0:43:500:43:52

It's all right, chick.

0:43:520:43:54

This is just your body doing lots of really strong work.

0:43:540:43:57

So we can get this baby out into the world.

0:44:000:44:03

That's it, that's it, keep up that push. Keep it up.

0:44:040:44:08

CRYING AND GROANING

0:44:080:44:10

-Perfect work!

-BABY CRIES

0:44:130:44:16

We have a head.

0:44:160:44:19

I'm going to come off the bed, I'm going to come off!

0:44:190:44:22

No, you're not. You're all right.

0:44:220:44:24

Nearly there.

0:44:240:44:25

Here we go again.

0:44:250:44:27

Keep pushing.

0:44:270:44:29

-SHE WAILS

-Keep pushing.

0:44:290:44:31

-That's it.

-Good girl!

0:44:330:44:35

Oh!

0:44:400:44:41

Aren't you the clever one?

0:44:430:44:44

BABY CRIES

0:44:450:44:48

You have a daughter, Olive.

0:44:490:44:50

A beautiful boy!

0:44:570:44:59

Beautiful!

0:44:590:45:00

He looks like my grandad Cafferty

0:45:000:45:03

and he was a bare-knuckle fighter. THEY CHUCKLE

0:45:030:45:06

He'll improve. They always do.

0:45:060:45:08

Aw!

0:45:180:45:19

Aw! Hello.

0:45:200:45:23

Hello!

0:45:230:45:24

Oh, look at you!

0:45:260:45:27

Josie Winterlee?

0:45:420:45:43

-That's it.

-I was hoping for one of the young ones.

0:45:470:45:51

Or the nice ones.

0:45:510:45:53

You don't like me.

0:45:530:45:54

I'm your midwife.

0:45:550:45:58

Our personal feelings for each another are neither here nor there.

0:45:580:46:01

Conserve your strength.

0:46:040:46:07

Another big push.

0:46:070:46:08

-GROANING

-That's it.

0:46:080:46:10

Well done. Well done.

0:46:100:46:12

Well done.

0:46:120:46:14

-I'm scared.

-Come on, another big one.

0:46:140:46:16

You stick with me, lass.

0:46:160:46:18

I'll see you through.

0:46:180:46:20

And here come the shoulders.

0:46:200:46:21

SHE COOS

0:46:310:46:33

A perfect little boy.

0:46:350:46:36

GROANING Good, Josie.

0:46:440:46:47

That's it, lass.

0:46:480:46:50

If they were going to give out medals for pushing,

0:46:500:46:52

they'd have to mint you one in solid gold.

0:46:520:46:56

I've never won a prize.

0:46:560:46:57

It must be a nice thing to have.

0:46:570:46:59

Sh.

0:46:590:47:01

WHISPERS: Good lass. Good lass.

0:47:010:47:05

Don't let go of this contraction.

0:47:050:47:07

Yes!

0:47:090:47:10

Look what you've done!

0:47:140:47:15

Here he is.

0:47:170:47:18

Your prize.

0:47:180:47:19

Do they have a hairdresser that comes in?

0:47:300:47:33

It's not like in the films, Dad.

0:47:330:47:36

Oh.

0:47:360:47:37

Oh. Oh, you're a little corker.

0:47:370:47:41

Didn't you do well?

0:47:440:47:45

I don't think you really have any idea who I am,

0:47:480:47:51

do you, Uncle Donald?

0:47:510:47:52

No.

0:47:540:47:55

But I know that you're someone we love.

0:47:580:48:00

-WHISPERS:

-I reckon we can make a go of that, don't you?

0:48:100:48:13

I can't give you much.

0:48:150:48:16

But I can show you what a family looks like.

0:48:170:48:19

Oh.

0:48:320:48:34

See a pin and pick it up,

0:48:340:48:36

and all day long you'll have good luck.

0:48:360:48:38

Your lumbago's better.

0:48:390:48:40

Oh, so it is.

0:48:420:48:44

Some people aren't in your life for very long.

0:48:470:48:50

Her father wasn't in mine for more than a minute.

0:48:500:48:53

Blink and you'd miss him.

0:48:530:48:54

I won't be in hers for more than a few days.

0:48:550:48:58

Maybe a fortnight.

0:48:580:48:59

You might have as much as six weeks together in a decent mother

0:48:590:49:02

and baby place.

0:49:020:49:04

Will I be allowed to give her a name?

0:49:050:49:08

Of course you will.

0:49:080:49:09

It'll be something to remember me by.

0:49:100:49:13

Even if the people who she goes to live with pick a different one.

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Like a sort of present.

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It'll be written down on a piece of paper somewhere, won't it?

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Do you have anything in mind?

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Yes, I do.

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It popped into my head, just before, I don't know why.

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Barbara.

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Barbara?

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Must have been floating round the room like a moth or

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a butterfly or something.

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Waiting to be caught.

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I'll take her and put her in the nursery.

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Oh.

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Come along, Barbara.

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And the winner is Baby Mawson...

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-Aw!

-..tipping the scales at 8lb and 7oz.

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-DOOR OPENS

-I'm so sorry.

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-SHE SOBS

-President Kennedy's been shot.

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Mrs Kennedy has now arrived back in Washington,

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appearing on the aeroplane steps in the pink suit she was wearing

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when the president was shot. She is...

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We have mourned enough in recent weeks.

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We have shed tears for one we loved

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and lived in the hollow she left behind.

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We cannot surrender to more tears because of this.

0:50:420:50:46

He was the president of the United States of America.

0:50:460:50:50

We are leaping into grief as if we had embraced

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it as a form of recreation.

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We are not what we have lost.

0:50:560:50:58

We are not what has been taken from us.

0:50:580:51:02

You are all too willing to embrace the void.

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If you do not cherish what remains, you will all become as nothing.

0:51:060:51:12

You will be nothing.

0:51:120:51:15

We are not broken.

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We are each as whole as we will ever be again.

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And in the end, when we cease to be,

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we will all become memories.

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I bought you a present.

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-What's this?

-Something Nurse Barbara would like.

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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I went to the archive and look what I found.

0:51:540:51:57

I've not been slacking either. I was up at cockcrow!

0:52:010:52:04

Go safely, Tim.

0:52:070:52:08

Thank you.

0:52:090:52:10

Oh.

0:52:130:52:15

There you go!

0:52:150:52:16

What have we got here?

0:52:180:52:19

Perfect!

0:52:230:52:25

The wind won't blow that away.

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And it would have made her smile.

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She'll be all right now.

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REPORTER: A typical mass was celebrated

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at St Matthew's Roman Catholic Cathedral.

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And then the coffin, draped with the United States flag,

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-was placed...

-Abbey Crunch with a saucer.

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These images would look far superior on a larger screen.

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You like the cinema, don't you, Sister Monica Joan?

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It is an art form, suited to the documentation of great lives.

0:53:430:53:48

Well, after the President's cortege has gone by, go upstairs

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and put your best wimple on.

0:53:540:53:55

We're going somewhere nice.

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APPLAUSE

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ALL: # Happy birthday to you

0:54:060:54:09

# Happy birthday to you

0:54:090:54:13

# Happy Birthday, dear Sister Monica Joan

0:54:130:54:19

# Happy birthday to you. #

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ALL: Three, two, one...

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GASPS

0:55:020:55:04

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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ALL: Aww!

0:55:150:55:17

LAUGHTER

0:55:190:55:21

CHEERING

0:56:310:56:34

She looks so well!

0:56:350:56:37

LAUGHTER

0:56:380:56:41

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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We flicker on a screen.

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We fold and unfold upon the mind's eye.

0:57:360:57:39

Brittle as wings, eternal as a heartbeat.

0:57:410:57:45

And even when the heart falls silent, we do not

0:57:460:57:50

cease to be.

0:57:500:57:52

Because, in the end, we all become memories.

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The team must rally to prepare for Sister Monica Joan's birthday. Meanwhile, the closing of a nearby maternity home brings an influx of expectant mothers to the Nonnatus midwives.