Sister Winifred's safe sex drive

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Nonnatus House experiences a very busy spell and Sister Winifred’s eyes are opened to Poplar’s seedy underworld, when she cares for Bridget Cole, an expectant prostitute. Horrified by the girl’s lack of awareness, Sister Winifred draws on her past teaching experience and help from SGT Noakes to promote 'safe sex' to the working girls of Poplar.

Meanwhile, Barbara struggles to understand why expectant father Frank Robbins would put undue pressure on his wife to bear him a son.

Elsewhere, Sister Monica Joan feels increasingly redundant and side-lined as the busy midwives go about their work until she finds herself unexpectedly assisting Shelagh with an emergency birth.

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.