Trigger warning: This article discusses baby loss.
Call the Midwife viewers were left sobbing after an emotional new episode this week.
The show returned on Sunday evening for its 11th series, and while fans were happy to see its return, one scene in particular was especially upsetting.
Towards the start of the episode, nurse Trixie Franklin uncovers the remains of a baby in a building which is about to be demolished.
In the heartbreaking storyline, the remains are investigated and revealed to be connected to an elderly woman suffering with dementia. Her daughter, Marigold told police that her mum had given birth to two babies, now buried in the property, over 30 years ago.
However, it's soon uncovered that it was in fact Marigold who had mothered the babies, with viewers heartbroken when she admitted a married man had taken advantage of her 'for years'.
The two babies had sadly passed away in childbirth and Marigold was not charged.
Viewers were devastated at the upsetting scenes, with many admitting to sobbing all the way through the episode.
One wrote: "Sobbing at 9pm on a Sunday to Call The Midwife and I wouldn’t have it any other way."
While another said: "Call the Midwife is so good tho, I love to spend a Sunday night sobbing."
And a third added: "Call the Midwife or as I like to call it 'let's schedule the weekly sobbing session to Sunday evening'."
The new season is set in 1967, the year that the Abortion Act was passed in England, Scotland and Wales. The law meant abortion under most circumstances was legal – something that will undoubtedly be discussed in Call the Midwife.
And while we don't know exactly what will be explored this season, Helen George, who plays Trixie, has teased a potential new romance - between herself and widower Matthew Aylward (Olly Rix), however the pair have to face a number of “obstacles” first.
“The nature of the relationship, because of the death of his wife as well; it’s such a deeply emotional situation,” she told Radio Times.
“It’s not just, ‘Are they going to get together or are they not?’ There are so many obstacles to overcome and it’s such a tricky– it’s a friendship really and a support network for both of them before it becomes anything romantic, and I think it takes a long time for them to [become romantic]."
In other good news, Call the Midwife has already been commissioned for two more seasons, with creator, writer and executive producer Heidi Thomas explaining: “It’s an incredible privilege to be able to look back on a decade of Call The Midwife, and yet know that our journey is still very far from over. We are thrilled to be going on for a few more years!
“Like Nonnatus House itself, we have a proud past but an even more exciting future – full of old favourites, fresh faces, higher hemlines, new ideas. The stories we tell are like babies – they never stop coming, we love them all, and we vow to do our best by every single one.”
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