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Call the Midwife news
Annette Crosbie is to star in the Christmas special
You may recognise Annette from the popular sitcom, One Foot in the Grave where she played Victor Meldrew’s long-suffering wife, Margaret Meldrew. Now, the actress has confirmed she will appear in the festive episode of Call The Midwife.
When asked if she will be appearing in the medical drama on a recent episode of Loose Women, Annette, 84, joked: "Yes, I am. Not as an expectant woman.
"A friend said to me, 'You're not pregnant are you?' "
One Foot in the Grave, began in 1990 before it’s final episode in November 2000, when Victor Meldrew, was killed off. And while Richard Wilson, 82, who played Victor Meldrew, wanted his character to meet his maker, Annette would've liked the show to have carried on for more episodes.
Annette, said: "I didn’t want it ever to end but I could understand why it had to.”
Sarah Gordy becomes first woman with Down’s syndrome to be awarded an MBE
The Call The Midwife actress who you may recognise as Sally Harper from the show has been awarded an MBE making her the first woman with Down’s syndrome to be awarded the honour. The 40-year-old actress has also starred in Upstairs Downstairs and Peak Practice but was awarded for her charity work for her services to arts and people with disabilities.
Speaking about her achievement, she said it was “just fantastic” to be awarded by Prince William in the ceremony and admitted she got a little emotional when she found out about the award.
Speaking about her work, she said, “I’d like to inspire others and empower others to believe in themselves, especially people with Down’s syndrome. The world is their oyster.”
That’s a wrap on series eight
After six months of shooting the new series, we’re so excited to hear that filming for Call the Midwife series eight has now finished. The cast and crew treated fans to the below photos on their last day of filming!
The end of filming means that the new series will begin with a 2018 Christmas special followed by new episodes in the new year meaning there’s not long to wait until we’ll be settling down to watch the midwives once again!
The Call the Midwife cast tease what fans can expect from series eight
We can't contain our excitement for the next series of Call the Midwife and we are looking forward to seeing how new cast member, Miriam Margolyse will play Sister Mildred.
Speaking at the launch of the Call The Midwife tour at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, Stephen McGann (who plays Dr. Turner), told HuffPost UK and other reporters: “Her character is wonderful, big, noticeable. She’s not a shrinking violet. But full of complexity.
“Miriam is absolutely hilarious. Just imagine, for a second, what it’s like to have Miriam as a nun, in full throttle on the set of ‘Call The Midwife’. We have had a scream.”
“But she can be serious too!” added Jenny Agutter.
We're also intrigued to see the return of Helen George's character Trixie, after she left to spend time with her family in Italy following her struggle with an alcohol addiction. The show’s executive producer, Dame Pippa Harris, said: “She’s [Trixie] well recuperated after her time in Portofino and she’s looking more elegant than ever. Expect a new wardrobe, there’s some Parisian couture in there. She’s in fine form.”
“She has a wonderful hairstyle, I find it so fetching,” Stephen added. “Those ’60s styles are kicking in now.”
Miriam Margolyse reveals all about the set of Call the Midwife
We imagine working on the Call the Midwife set is a wonderful experience but Miriam has admitted that there was one thing she struggled with, revealing that performing while wearing the cloth headdress, which covered the head, neck and sides of her face was very difficult.
Appearing on ITV's 'This Morning', Miriam told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: "I think you'll be rather impressed with how I look in my wimple.
"It was rather a struggle to get it on. It's a bit restricting, you can't open your mouth or do anything that you might want to do."
Despite this, Miriam admitted that she loved her time on the set of the show, praising her co-stars as a "fabulous" group of actresses. Miriam is particularly a fan of Jenny Agutter, describing her as the "leader" of the team.
She said: "It's lovely to be with all of those fabulous actresses. It's a very happy company and Jenny Agutter - who is the leader, really - she's such an amazing person."
NEW addition to the Call the Midwife cast
It has been announced that Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyse will be joining the cast of Call the Midwife for the Christmas special as well as episode one of series eight which picks up in spring 1964. She is set to play the part of Sister Mildred.
Mildred surprises Nonnatus House at Christmas time, with four Chinese orphans on her arrival. The child refugees who accompany her had fled China and were found abandoned in Hong Kong. They are being adopted in the UK as part of the World Refugee Project.
These unexpected visitors bring both joy and chaos to Nonnatus House, what with Christmas preparations already underway and the midwives run off their feet caring for the expectant mothers of Poplar.
Jenny Agutter reveals filming has started for series 8!
We were so happy to see this photo appear on our Twitter feed yesterday of actress Jenny Agutter dressed as her character Sister Julienne. She's holding the clapper board for the series with the caption, It's happening!!! Series 8 of #callthemidwife has just started filming!! @BBCOne.
Laura Main who plays Shelagh Turner also took to Twitter to share with the world her first day on set for series 8. Between series, Laura has been starring as Princess Fiona in the UK tour of Shrek the musical!
Filming is about to start for series 8!
We're so excited to see that our favourite nuns and midwives (minus Barb, sob) are about to return to set to start filming series 8 of Call the Midwife! The news was announced by the lovely Helen George on social media, who accompanied this photo with the caption 'last few days off before getting back to Trixie'. We can't wait to find out more!
The end of series 7
We can't believe series 7 is over - it feels like only moments ago that this photo was released for the start of the series:
Helen George shared this charming photo of her, along with Leonie, Charlotte Ritchie and Jennifer Kirby to celebrate the new series. Fans of Helen will know that at the time of the photo, she was actually seven months pregnant! Find out all about her new life as a mum, including what she's named her baby.
But now it's time to say goodbye to the sisters and the nurses for another series - and, of course, to poor Nurse Barbara after her tragic death. It's going to take some time to get over that.
Will there be a series 8 of Call the Midwife?
Hurrah! Good news for fans of the drama - the BBC are so pleased with its ratings that they've confirmed new series and Christmas specials until 2020! Break out the bunting - and more importantly, the tissues, as it's sure to continue making us blub.
When does the new series of Call the Midwife start?
We haven't heard about series 8 yet, but we'll keep you posted!
Call the Midwife cast - past and present
Valerie Dyer, Jennifer Kirby
After being introduced to us in series six, we can't wait to see what the ex-army nurse and barmaid gets up to in series seven. Her natural nursing instinct meant that she was successful in securing the role of the new district nurse at Nonnatus house. Find out more about actress, Jennifer Kirby.
Jenny Lee, Jessica Raine
Jenny Lee, also known as Nurse Lee, was originally the main role in Call the Midwife, and was played by Jessica Raine from series 1 to 3. Jenny was based on Jennifer Worth, who wrote the Call the Midwife memoir. She lived at Nonnatus House with the nuns and midwives Trixie, Cynthia and Chummy. She left at the end of series 3 to work in hospice care, having cared for Chummy’s dying mother. The voice of mature Jenny, who narrates the action, is performed by Vanessa Redgrave.
Read more about Jessica Raine
Sister Evangelina, Pam Ferris
Sister Evangelina, played by Pam Ferris, was part of the show from series 1 until series 5. Sister Evangelina’s time on Call the Midwife was filled with drama, including a hysterectomy in series 4, and falling out with new nurse Phyllis Crane (who she later warmed to). After a fire in the maternity house, she accidentally gave two babies to the wrong mother, a mistake which devastated her. Sister Evangelina later suffered a stroke, and then died after a second stroke at the end of series 5 – leaving not a dry eye in the house!
Click here to read more about Pam Ferris
Chummy, Miranda Hart
Chummy Noakes – or Camilla Cholomondely-Browne, as she begins in the series – is played by Miranda Hart. She is the daughter of a prominent family, and known for her kindness and good nature. Despite being well-loved, Chummy is very hard on herself, and self-conscious about her height and clumsiness – famously, she couldn’t ride a bike when she started work.
She often got up Sister Evangelina’s back for her lateness and untidiness, but thanks to her obvious skill as a midwife, this was soon forgotten. She turned her back on her posh roots by marrying East-End policeman Peter Noakes. In series 2 the pair travelled to Africa to complete missionary work, and returned with Chummy nine months pregnant. After a difficult and dramatic birth, she delivered a healthy baby boy – Freddie.
Chummy was due to make an appearance in the 2016 Christmas special, but Miranda Hart had to pull out because of illness.
Read more about Miranda Hart
Sister Winifred, Victoria Yeates
Sister Winifred joined the Call the Midwife flock at the start of series three, and is the same age as other young characters Jenny, Trixie and Cynthia. She's already had an interesting past as a head inspector at a village school, where she was known as 'Nitty Nora the Scalp Explorer'! She also worked as a teacher before becoming a midwife, and looks back fondly at that time, initially feeling uncomfortable about midwifery.
In series 6 she asked Nurse Crane to teach her to drive, and happily the start of series 7 shows her passing her test!
Read more about Victoria Yeates.
Cynthia Miller, Bryony Hannah
Nurse Cythia Miller, later Sister Mary Cynthia, is played by Bryony Hannah, and appeared in Call the Midwife series 1 to 6. She was already a resident of Nonnatus House when Jenny arrived, and the two became firm friends. In the 2014 Christmas special, she decided to become a nun, returning in series 4 as Sister Mary Cynthia. Poor Cynthia was attacked by a strange man (who had been attacking other women in the streets) and was left unconscious. This horrible experience caused her to question how God had let this happen. She tells the nuns she’s going to the Mother House to recuperate, but it later becomes apparent she’s at the Linchmere Hospital – a mental institution, receiving electro-convulsive therapy for depression.
Read more about Bryony Hannah
Trixie Franklin, Helen George
Trixie Franklin, played by Helen George, has been a core member of Nonnatus House. She appeared in series 1 and is still going strong! Trixie brings a touch of glamour to midwifery, with her passion for jazz, smoking and flirting…not necessarily in that order! She’s had various love interests throughout her time on the show, including the seedy Clifford Raines, former fiancé, vicar, Tom Hereward and dentist Christopher Dockerill. She’s been through various dramatic storylines, including an addiction to alcohol and travelling to South Africa in the Christmas special to deliver a baby alone by c-section.
Read more about Helen George
Sister Julienne, Jenny Agutter
Sister Julienne, played by Jenny Agutter, is the Sister-in-Charge of Nonnatus House. She is a kind and generous character, much loved by the other sisters and midwives. She briefly lost her status after being demoted in favour of Sister Ursula, however the sister’s new rules mean a baby suffering with carbon monoxide poisoning slips through the net, and Sister Julienne is soon back in charge.
“We’re very supportive of each other – rather like ordinary sisters are in real life,” Jenny told us in an interview about the cast of Call the Midwife. “The fact that our characters are completely different helps. That’s not to say we don’t drive each other mad at times. We can’t hear each other when we’re wearing our wimples, for instance. We’re constantly repeating ‘What? What? What?’ That gets irritating but then the wimples are irritating in themselves – you get very hot. All in all, though, we do have a wonderful time together.”
Read more about Jenny Agutter
Sister Monica Joan, Judy Parfitt
Sister Monica Joan, played by Judy Parfitt,Sister Monica Joan, played by Judy Parfitt, was one of the first women in the UK to qualify as a nurse midwife. She has a deep love of astrology and cake (not necessarily in that order!) Her age means she often gets confused and worries she can’t be of use, but has always risen to the occasion when the others have needed her.
Read more about Judy Parfitt.
Nurse Patsy Mount, Emerald Fennell
Nurse Patsy, played by Emerald Fennell, first appeared in series 3. Born in Shanghai, she arrived at Nonnatus house to help cover Jenny's workload. Full of beans, she quickly befriended roommate Trixie - the pair enjoyed a late night cigarette or two!
In series 4 it’s revealed that Patsy is in a lesbian relationship with nurse Delia Busby, who she previously worked with. As was the case in the 1960s, the two had to keep their relationship a secret, but they eventually managed to find a flat together and Patsy left Nonnatus house.
The path of true love never did run smooth (especially on TV!) and sadly Delia then had an accident that left her with amnesia - and unable to remember Patsy.
After a few months, however, her memories returned and the pair moved together back into Nonnatus house.
In series 6 Patsy left the nuns to go to Hong Kong to visit her dying father, but returned to be with Delia.
Read more about Emerald Fennell and her new role in Victoria
Dr Turner, Stephen McGann
Dr Patrick Turner, played by Stephen McGann, is a GP who works closely with the midwives of Nonnatus House. He served as a doctor in WWII and suffered a mental breakdown in 1945. After the war he married and had son Timothy, but Mrs Turner died in 1957.
During his work with the midwives and nuns, he became close to Sister Bernadette – causing her to revoke her vows! She left the order and became Shelagh and the pair were married in the 2013 Christmas special. The pair adopt a daughter, Angela Julienne Turner.
Read more about Stephen McGann
Nurse Barbara, Charlotte Ritchie
Barbara Gilbert, later Barbara Hereward, is played by Charlotte Ritchie. After joining Nonnatus House in series 4, she was instantly popular with the other midwives and nuns – despite a boozy start on her first night. She’s an impressive midwife, once delivering three babies in one day, and started seeing Trixie’s ex-fiance, Tom Hereward, in series 5. After Trixie gave the relationship her blessing, the pair got engaged and married.
But our joy for Barbara was short-lived, as tragedy struck in series seven when the newly-wed contracted septicaemia and died. There weren't enough tissues in the world to deal with our sadness and shock.
Read more about Charlotte Ritchie
Sister Bernadette aka Shelagh Turner, Laura Main
Originally known as Sister Bernadette, she appeared in series one, but by series two was questioning her vocation. After a nasty bout of illness, she decided to leave the order to marry the dashing Dr Turner. The pair adopted baby Angela after it was revealed that Shelagh was infertile. Read all about Laura Main.
Nurse Lucille Anderson, Leonie Elliott
Leonie Anderson has been signed up to star in series 7 of Call the Midwife. She’ll be playing Nurse Lucille Anderson, the show’s first West Indian character.
“Elegant, funny and clever, Lucille is swift to settle in and bring a fresh new energy to life at Nonnatus House,” says the programme’s creator Heidi Thomas. We’re so excited to see Leonie’s character shake things up at Nonnatus House!
Read more about Leonie Elliott
Call the Midwife series 7
Find out all of the exciting changes to occur in Nonnatus House in series 7!
Call the Midwife book
The popular BBC series is based on the real-life accounts of midwife-turned-author Jennifer Worth, who wrote the book Call the Midwife: A True History of the East End in the 1950s.
Is Call the Midwife on Netflix?
The first four series of Call the Midwife can be watched on Netflix
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Call the Midwife Christmas special 2017
The Christmas special was a snowy affair, as it took place in the icy winter of 1962/ 1963. Our favourite midwives didn't seem to mind too much though, as they prepare to bring festive cheer. Poor Trixie was the only one to miss out, as her holiday plans are spoilt by the weather! But there's a panto to put on, and, of course, babies to see to. Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) tried to reunite a family torn apart, and there was a cameo from Eastenders actress Anita Dobson (a huge CTM fan). The show aired on Christmas Day.
Find out everything you need to know about the Christmas special here!