It didn’t take long for the new series of BBC’s Call the Midwife to pull on the heartstrings after fans were left in tears during ‘absolutely heartbreaking’ first episode

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Call the Midwife fans react to heartbreaking episode

Call the Midwife fans were in floods of tears after one of the “most emotional” episodes yet.

The much-loved show returned tonight on BBC 1 for its 11th run and is set in 1967.

Viewers loved the references to Eurovision and Sandy Shaw’s Puppet on a string, but the mood quickly changed when a baby’s skeleton was found by Nurse Trixie Franklin, played by Helen George.

Uncovering the remains of a little girl, Trixie was overcome by emotion as she spoke about how small the baby was.

The heartbreaking scene sent fans spiralling, who flocked to Twitter to share their heartbreak.







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“Already sobbing. Every b****y episode,” wrote one.

Another said: “B****y hell – wasn’t expecting that.”

While a third penned: “It’s only fourteen minutes past eight,” followed by a broken hearted emoji.”

In what one fan called “the best of British drama” the episode went on to reveal more heartache.







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In incredibly sad scenes another baby’s skeleton was uncovered from the same home after it was revealed the mother had been scared about her children’s illegitimacy.

Explaining that a married man had “taken advantage” of her for years, she explained both babies were born ‘lifeless’ in a truly heartbreaking moment.

“My heart is actually breaking #CallTheMidwife the things women went through because of fear,” wrote one viewer.







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While another said: “The shame young unmarried mothers went through back in the day is heartbreaking, there are probably thousands of hidden babies out there in unmarked graves. The olden days weren’t always good.”

There was however good news as much-loved character Audrey Fleming gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby girl.

Fans were uplifted, with one viewer tweeting: “Love #CalltheMidwife . Always unafraid to tackle the difficult, important topics with humanity and compassion.







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“And always ends of a note of positivity and hope. Brilliant, everyone involved!”

While another said: “No programme comes close to doing dark and light better. What a powerful episode.”

Two more series of the much-loved show have been ordered by the BBC taking viewers up to 1969.

Call the Midwife continues next Sunday at 8pm on BBC 1.

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