Season 5 of ‘Call the Midwife’ on Arizona PBS Heralds 1960s Movement

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S5-Iconic-Call-the-Midwife-small.jpgPHOENIX – (March 30, 2016)

The critically acclaimed British drama Call the Midwife returns to Arizona PBS in April for a fifth season, bringing the winds of social change to the doorstep of Nonnatus House.

Premiering April 3, at 7 p.m. on Arizona PBS HD, season five opens in 1961, and Poplar is beginning to experience the seeds of change with improvements in housing, sanitation and health care.
But for the midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House, it’s business as usual, as they continue to care for the sick and bring new life into the world. The personal and professional lives of the nurses remain entwined, as events in their work impact their personal choices.

Throughout the season, the midwives encounter complex and challenging medical cases, ranging from an outbreak of typhoid to the increase in lung cancer, a teenage pregnancy and a mother who vanishes. But all are rocked when two babies under their care are mysteriously born with the same condition, several months apart from one another. As they struggle to understand why, they must find ways to deal with the resulting medical and emotional fallout.

Call the Midwife has steadily grown in popularity since its debut season. Season four brought in an average audience of 3.3 million viewers, averaging a 2.32 household rating.

We’re delighted to bring 'Call the Midwife' back for another season filled with drama, medical mysteries and heartfelt moments, said Nancy Southgate, associate general manager of content at Arizona PBS. This series has become a staple in our sensational British drama Sunday lineup, and we’re pleased to bring this exciting new chapter in the midwives’ lives to the viewers who made the series a hit.

Dame Pippa Harris, executive producer for Neal Street Productions said the fifth season of Call the Midwife is our strongest yet. Our continued popularity in the U.S. and UK demonstrates how keen audiences are to watch character driven, emotionally engaging medical drama. It's a testament to the skill of Heidi Thomas' terrific scripts and the brilliance of our ensemble cast, she said.

Call the Midwife stars Jenny Agutter (The Railway Children, Spooks) as Sister Julienne, Linda Bassett (East Is East, Lark Rise to Candleford) as Nurse Phyllis Crane, Pam Ferris (Little Dorrit, Darling Buds of May) as Sister Evangelina, Judy Parfitt (Little Dorrit, Girl with a Pearl Earring), who was nominated for a 2013 Satellite Award for her work as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George (Hollyoaks, Doctors) as Trixie Franklin, Ben Caplan (The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, Band of Brothers) as Sergeant Peter Noakes, Jack Ashton (Endeavour, Of Mary) as Tom Hereward, Kate Lamb as Nurse Delia Busby and Vanessa Redgrave provides the voice of the mature Jennifer Worth.

Full episodes of season five of “Call the Midwife” will be available for viewing online at https://azpbs.org for a limited time after each broadcast.

Call the Midwife contains mature content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. The Sunday night lineup on Arizona PBS this spring also includes Grantchester, Season 2 on MASTERPIECE at 8 p.m. and the fourth and final season of Mr. Selfridge on MASTERPIECE, starring Jeremy Piven, at 9 p.m.

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