Crime of its time

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As Poplar is gripped by a mysterious outbreak of dysentery, first-time mother Marie Amos's life is turned upside down when her husband Tony (pictured) is arrested for gross indecency with another male. Patsy rallies to support the young couple, as Tony faces a criminal hearing.

Meanwhile, Nurse Crane meets Dolores McEvoy, a pregnant Irish woman with two young children who, on examination, is found to be covered in flea bites and clearly malnourished. Further confusion sets in when a home visit reveals that Dolores has given a false address and seems to have disappeared.

Elsewhere, Trixie is delighted when Tom asks her to oversee the Rose Queen Celebrations, her first official church duty since their engagement. At Nonnatus House Fred’s attempts to bring a rat infestation under control are deliberately undermined by Sister Monica Joan.


Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.