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Week 08 2023 : Sat 18 Feb - Fri 24 Feb

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Series overview

Maternal tells the stories of Maryam, a Paediatric Registrar, Catherine, a General and Trauma Surgeon, and Helen, a Registrar in Acute Medicine, as they each attempt to balance their increasingly demanding jobs in post-pandemic frontline medicine with their lives as new mothers.

Dr Maryam Afridi is returning to work after two years on maternity leave. As a parent of two kids under 2 (with husband Raz) life is chaotic, and Maryam’s return to City General Hospital sees her catapulted straight back into frontline duties. An incident in Maryam’s first week impacts her hard, and this combined with lack of sleep, the stress of juggling medicine and motherhood, and news of a potential addition to her family sees Maryam begin to question where her priorities and interests lie.

Miss Catherine MacDiarmid is a woman striving for success in the macho world of surgery. And her career wasn’t doing badly until a fling with a married colleague – Dr Lars Nördstrom – resulted in the birth of her daughter Elis and a period of maternity leave which has seriously set her back. Yet, Catherine is determined to prove that neither motherhood nor competition with her colleague and ex Jack will prevent her from advancing her career… even if it means resorting to drastic measures.

Dr Helen Cavendish is mum to three children with husband Guy who is a Consultant and also her boss in the same Acute Medical Unit. Their disintegrating work-life balance has put a strain on their marriage, exacerbated by Guy’s recent affair with a 24-year-old colleague. A mother to all, Helen has always put herself second to the needs of her family and friends. Over the series, she’ll come to face-to-face with the sacrifices she’s made, as well as those made by all who worked in the NHS through the pandemic.
MATERNAL is a love letter to women on the NHS frontline who are holding it together.

Episode 6:

With Catherine and Maryam’s support, Helen tries her best to deal with the aftermath of Guy’s decision. True to form, she finds herself having to mother those around her and put her own needs second. But after a conversation with Tessa, Helen makes an important decision about what lies ahead for her as a doctor.  

Arriving for the investigation meeting, Maryam is still annoyed with Catherine for putting herself on the panel. Will straight-talking Catherine make things worse for her friend, or could she be the person who allows Maryam to finally speak the truth? While in the hospital, Maryam is also drawn back to regular patient Jakub, whose condition has deteriorated. Managing Jakub’s case through the night is the only way Maryam knows how to be a doctor, and as a new day comes, she is left with some tough choices about her future.

Though she’s smarting at the fact her old rival is now her boss, Catherine manages to put her own feelings to one side as she steps up to help Helen. And in the spirit of managing feelings, Catherine books herself in with a specialist who treats women who suffer from birth trauma… and gets a massage that’s more than she bargained for. The emotions it sets off in Catherine are ones she didn’t expect but also can’t ignore. And she too ends up making some big decisions about her future. But being Catherine, not all the decisions are as wise as she’d like them to be….



Maryam Afridi    PARMINDER NAGRA
Catherine MacDiarmid    LARA PULVER
Helen Cavendish    LISA MCGRILLIS
Jack Oliviera    RAZA JAFFREY
Guy Cavendish    OLIVER CHRIS
Raz Farooqi    ABHIN GALEYA
Susan Fisher    JULIE GRAHAM
Lars Nordström    ALEXANDER KARIM
Maggie Cavendish    AURORA JONES
Anne MacDiarmid    HAYDN GWYNNE
Becky Hillford    MATILDA ZIEGLER
Sania Masoom    SHAHEEN KHAN
Kim Allerton    SABINA ARTHUR
Simon Segman    DEAN RIDGE
Edward    D’VANTE HART
Mrs. Williams    CHERYL MACKIE
Mr. Williams    DARREN HART
Louise Pennycook    ELIZABETH DULAU
Matt Malyon    JOE THOMAS
Freddie    ELAN BUTLER



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