CALL The Midwife fans were left horrified at an appalling domestic abuse storyline in the popular BBC drama.
There was sadness on the show as Mrs Talbot confessed to Sister Veronica that her home life was far from rosy as she attempted to seek a way out of her terribly abusive marriage.
Mrs Talbot discusses how she was being physically and sexually abused by her husband Joe as viewers saw distressing scenes where the young mother could be seen with bruising around her neck.
They were left stunned as she felt forced to apologise to her husband Joe for not looking presentable enough for when he returned home.
She made the revelations to Sister Veronica when she took their children for a health check-up.
She opened up about the difficult marriage, telling her: “There are things that happen in a marriage, things that people are meant to want that people, men, believe is theirs to have.
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Realising that she was unable to finish, Sister Veronica said: “Take it? Against your will?”
In more shocking scenes, viewers watched on as Mrs Talbot continued to reject her husband's advances as the couple's young daughter sat in another room as the cries of her mother being abused could be audibly heard.
After deciding to flee in the middle of the night, she was left horrified as the Police to her that there was nothing they could do as no crime had been committed as a result of them being married due to the laws which existed at the time the drama is set.
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The police officer told her: “It’s not possible under English law for a man to rape his wife, the offence does not exist.”
Marital rape only became an offence in 1992.
Fans took to Twitter to comment on the heartbreaking episode as they broke down in tears.
One fan said: “Great episode tonight, sensitively handled. Thank goodness we've moved on from those days and women now have much more support and help available with DV issues."
Another shared: "Have gone from blood boiling rage to tears of despair and then belly laughter all in about 5 mins. #CallTheMidwife continues to be utterly brilliant."
“That was such an important episode of #CalltheMidwife , hopefully, it will help some people out there who are going through the same thing," penned a third.
It comes as a teaser for next week’s episode of the show hints that one of fans' favourite nuns could be leaving Nonnatus House.
The religious medical drama revealed that Nurse Crane may be facing her final days.
In a dramatic twist Nurse Crane discovers that she is being summoned to a meeting with him.
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She is left terrified she will be forced to retire, saying: "What if they tell me I've got to give up working?"
And viewers think it’s a clue that she will be given her marching orders.
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