Drama

Sister Winifred, Nurse Crane, and Valerie Dyer in 'Call the Midwife.' Photo: Neal Street Productions 2016

'Call the Midwife' Recap: The Stages of Life

In this season's finale of Call the Midwife, four characters encounter major turning points in life: marriage, birth, menopause, and the decision to have no more children. 
Victoria Yeates as Sister Winifred in 'Call the Midwife.' Photo: Neal Street Productions 2016

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Discriminate Not Against Them

Prejudice in various forms causes trouble in this episode of Call the Midwife. It leads to a near-tragic accident, causes a rift in a family with a handicapped daughter, and threatens to end a budding romance.
Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III. Photo: Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic for BBC and MASTERPIECE

TV Royalty

No, not the Kardashians. With King Charles III airing this Sunday, there are now three recent depictions of British monarchs on TV. What's our obsession with kings and queens, Victoria and The Crown
Frances Barden and Joyce Cameron in 'Home Fires.' Photo: ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE

Why Was 'Home Fires' Cancelled?

Call the Midwife is now slated for nine seasons, while Home Fires was abruptly cancelled after two. The two dramas share some similarities - both based on a book, both focusing on the lives of women in mid-century Britain - so what explains their opposite trajectories? 
MIKE NOBLE as Spencer and OLIVER NELSON as Noah Lakin in 'Home Fires.' Photo: iTV Studios and MASTERPIECE

'Home Fires' Recap: Hanging off a Cliff

In the last ever episode of Home Fires, we are left with some huge questions that will never be resolved. Does an unexpected catastrophe leave anyone dead? Do two awaited joyful occurences end well? Will an abusive marriage ever end? We'll never find out.
Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan in 'Call the Midwife.' Photo: Neal Street Productions 2016

'Call the Midwife' Recap: The End of the World

The Cuban Missile Crisis hovers over everyone's head like a terrifying fighter plane, as Valerie deals with an unfamiliar cultural tradition that affects a woman's pregnancy and the sisters try to help Sister Mary Cynthia as she transitions out of the mental institution.
Jodie Hamblett as Jenny in 'Home Fires.' Photo: iTV and MASTERPIECE

All of Playlist's 'Home Fires' Content

As the finale of Home Fires approaches - it airs this Sunday at 8:00 pm, and is the last episode ever of the series - revisit all of the content we've posted around the show, from recaps to a quiz to a timeline of period dramas.
Clare Calbraith as Steph Farrow. Photo: iTV Studios and MASTERPIECE

'Home Fires' Recap: Farms and Factories

Right at harvest-time, Steph is in danger of losing the farm and endangers her own life trying to save it. Alison becomes more suspicious of dealings at the Barden factory while Frances is forced to confront her husband's affair head-on.
Victoria Yeates as Sister Winifred in 'Call the Midwife.' Photo: Neal Street Productions 2016

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Brush Your Teeth

Sister Winifred takes up dental hygiene while Trixie deals with a patient who's terrified of the dentist. After a vulnerable young man with Down syndrome endures a tragedy, Fred and Violet struggle to help him and find him a new home.
The Hollow Crown, Poldark, Victoria, and Downton Abbey.

A History of Britain in Period Dramas

There are a lot of British period dramas – so many, in fact, that you can construct a decent narrative of British history. Explore some history, and learn what Masterpiece dramas will return or premiere soon in the process.
Leila Mimmack as Laura Campbell in 'Home Fires.' Photo: iTV Studios and MASTERPIECE

'Home Fires' Recap: Picking Up the Pieces

Frances tries to erase Peter's affair from her life, the Campbells receive some good news but Dr. Campbell delivers an upsetting diagnosis to the Brindsleys, Laura finds a new occupation, Pat's affair reaches a crisis, and Teresa goes on a date.
Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, Victoria Yeates as Sister Winifred in 'Call the Midwife.' Photo: Neal Street Productions 2016

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Separation Anxiety

Numerous mothers contend with the loss of a child in various forms, while Shelagh's pregnancy comes to a crisis. The Nonnatans search for a new midwife, Dr. Turner and his son's relationship deepens, and a "chariot race" enlivens Poplar.
Downton Abbey. Photo: Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for MASTERPIECE

Will There Be a 'Downton Abbey' Movie?

Rumors are flying, and not all of them are good.
CLARE CALBRAITH as Steph Farrow, CLAIRE PRICE as Miriam Brindsley, CLAIRE RUSHBROOK as Pat Simms, and RUTH GEMMELL as Sarah Collingborne. Photo: Stuart Wood/ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE

Which 'Home Fires' Character Are You?

Are you the born leader Frances or the more withdrawn Laura? The hardy Steph or the iconoclast Teresa? Home Fires airs Sundays at 8:00 pm.
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