They tackle a tricky subject in this episode – the romance between two Downs sufferers. Top-notch performances by the two actors.
Jenny Lee is trying to get over the death of her boyfriend, Alec. But the main storyline is taken up with two people (I hate the word ‘sufferers’) with Downs – Jacob and Sally, played by the very talented Colin Young and Sarah Gordy respectively. Young shone in his scenes right from the get-go, and Gordy’s beauty and talent shone in their scenes together.
As well as filial tension in the Noakes household, there is a long-lost alcoholic brother for Sister Evangelina, and a new nurse for Nonnatus House in the persona of Patsy, who was in the previous series. She comes across as much more brash and well-bred, and outspoken. But if Jessica Raine was unable to continue with the show, I don’t think they should make Patsy the central character because it would defeat the whole purpose of the series entirely.
I think the issue of people with Downs and similar conditions in theatre and television is a tricky issue. But with this super portrayal by the two actors, hopefully it means that disability can be more positively portrayed.
And with the sad absence of Leo Staar due to Alec’s death in the previous episode, there is a new male love interest (not for Jenny, though.) in the persona of the handsome and personable Tom Hereward (played by Jack Ashton), a curate. He falls for Trixie, and it would be nice for her to have a love-interest. But I think fans of the show will withhold their judgement, with what happened with Alec…
MY RATING: 5 / 5.