Call The Midwife's domestic violence scene shocks viewers

A hard-hitting domestic violence scene in Call The Midwife, which aired before the 9pm watershed, left fans feeling angry and sad.

The BBC drama, which was broadcast at 8pm on Sunday, showed abusive husband Lester (James Farrar) screaming at his pregnant wife Trudy (Pearl Appleby) before grabbing her by the neck and stubbing a cigarette out on her chest.

Leaving a shaken Trudy in floods of tears, he storms out of the room and past their young son Mickey, who he calls a b***ard'.

 Shocking: A hard-hitting domestic violence scene in Call The Midwife which aired before the 9pm watershed evoked feelings of anger and sadness in fans

Shocking: A hard-hitting domestic violence scene in Call The Midwife which aired before the 9pm watershed evoked feelings of anger and sadness in fans

Moved by what they had witnessed, viewers flocked to Twitter in their droves to comment on the troubling scene.

One wrote: 'Honestly even for a show that goes for the brutal as much as possible this episode is impossible to watch. #callthemidwife'

While another posted: 'Look, we know domestic violence ain't pretty but isn't there still something called a watershed at 9pm #callthemidwife'

 Voicing their opinions: Moved by what they had witnessed, viewers flocked to Twitter in their droves to comment on the troubling scene

Voicing their opinions: Moved by what they had witnessed, viewers flocked to Twitter in their droves to comment on the troubling scene

 Hard to watch: The BBC drama showed abusive husband Lester (James Farrar) screaming at his pregnant wife Trudy (Pearl Appleby) before grabbing her by the neck and stubbing a cigarette out on her chest

Hard to watch: The BBC drama showed abusive husband Lester (James Farrar) screaming at his pregnant wife Trudy (Pearl Appleby) before grabbing her by the neck and stubbing a cigarette out on her chest

A third commented: 'The BBC have deffo relaxed the language before the watershed rules. B***ard on #callthemidwife now after all the swearing on #eastenders'

As a fourth said: 'I'm actually so angry at call the midwife!!!'

However, many also praised the show for highlighting an important issue, with one saying: 'Nicely done @CallTheMidwife1 highlighting domestic violence and the emotional impact on children witnessing it, very moving episode @BBCOne'

 Distressing: Leaving a shaken Trudy in floods of tears, he storms out of the room and past their young son Mickey, who he calls a b***ard'

Distressing: Leaving a shaken Trudy in floods of tears, he storms out of the room and past their young son Mickey, who he calls a b***ard'

 Emotional: The episode left many viewers in tears

Emotional: The episode left many viewers in tears

As another added: '@CallTheMidwife1 tonight made me so angry. And then so, SO hopeful and inspired. ??'

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail's Christopher Stevens complimented the show's writer Heidi Thomas for moving the programme in a fresh direction following the South Africa-based Christmas special.

Helen George's character Trixie remained abroad and Patsy (Emerald Fennell) looked set to depart after her father in Hong Kong, while Dame Harriet Walter, last seen as Churchill’s imperious wife Clementine in The Crown, joined the cast as Sister Ursula. 

He wrote: 'All this change was a bold step and just what the show needed. That trip to the Cape was a messy digression. If writer Heidi Thomas had tried to take the characters back to London and carried on as if nothing had happened, Call The Midwife would have felt stale.' 

 New blood: Dame Harriet Walter, last seen as Churchill¿s imperious wife Clementine in The Crown, joined the cast as Sister Ursula

New blood: Dame Harriet Walter, last seen as Churchill’s imperious wife Clementine in The Crown, joined the cast as Sister Ursula

 

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By World Staff Writer 01/23/2017 05:24:00