Call The Midwife finale gives me a midwife crisis, says Melanie Blake

It’s Mother’s Day and I’ve ­dedicated the whole column to telly shows that these ­hardworking ladies wish they had more time to watch.

So, mums, take it easy, grab a cuppa, open that box of chocs and get the kids to leave you the remote control.

You will also need some tissues to hand if you watch tonight’s tear-jerking finale of Call The Midwife.

CTM is the BBC’s most successful drama in decades and this series has consistently pulled in more than 10 ­million viewers. Doctor Foster can only dream of that.

It has delivered well over 100 babies since it first aired six years ago – and four more bundles of joy arrive tonight.

The period drama, written by Heidi Thomas, is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and her time as a midwife at a convent in London’s East End.

It has been syndicated worldwide, will air for at least two more years – and a Christmas special should be on the cards. To get a show that is so amazingly ­successful and adored is rare. This charming family drama managed to woo us in a way that over-the-top, all doom-and-gloom, bloodthirsty tales cannot.

It’s a heart-warming show that all the family can watch together with great stories beautifully portrayed – about birth and death and everything that comes in between.

There’s no swearing and no sex scenes but there’s plenty to make you laugh, smile and cry – often all at the same time.

In a week when we’ve also celebrated International Women’s Day, this is the ultimate drama for women about women, written mostly by women who all draw on their personal experiences.

It launched in 2012 and was dubbed Horlicks TV.

Oh, how wrong the critics have been.

It has starred a host of powerful ­women such as Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Miranda Hart and Helen George and launched the careers of many others, including the fabulous Jessica Raine. The historic detail is wonderfully nostalgic as a dedicated band of nurses and nuns save pregnant women whose health and welfare are threatened by poverty.

It was only 50-odd years ago but ­watching it you’d think it was 500 years ago with the outside loos, corner shops and old-fashioned hospital wards.

And yet despite the warmth and the gentleness, the series still doesn’t shy away from the hard-hitting social issues that the nurses and nuns deal with. These include incest, rape, ­prostitution, domestic abuse, abortion and thalidomide, the pill for morning sickness that caused birth defects.

We’re talking about the past with very modern stories that still affect us all today.

As for what happens in tonight’s charming and memorable episode, I’m staying mum!

But Sunday nights just won’t be the same without it. Roll on Christmas.

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