Call The Midwife Begins Filming Special & Series Seven

Filming has begun for the 2017 Christmas Special and eight-part seventh series of Call The Midwife for 2018, which introduces new cast member Leonie Elliott (Wonderous Oblivion) as Nurse Lucille Anderson, allowing the series to explore the experience of Caribbean nurses who came over in the 1960s to support the growing NHS.

The Christmas Special opens with Poplar under a thick blanket of snow, as the midwives face the challenge of the coldest winter for 300 years and the whole country brought to a standstill. Battling against snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes, the midwives strive to provide the best possible care for their patients.

Series seven finds the nuns and nurses tested as never before. All around them they see the old East End vanishing, as slum clearances make way for bold new tower blocks to accommodate expanding communities. Their work brings them into contact with Leprosy, Tokophobia and Stroke, to Huntingdon’s Chorea, Cataracts, and unmarried mothers.

Trixie’s romance with Christopher continues to develop, whilst Tom and Barbara enjoy life as a married couple. Nurse Crane finds her authority questioned from an unexpected quarter, and Sister Monica Joan is forced to accept her failing faculties. And life for the Turners is turned upside down when Shelagh decides to employ an au pair…

Writer and creator, Heidi Thomas, says: “The friendships, struggles and triumphs of women remain at the heart of Call the Midwife as we swing into 1963. With new mums ranging from a stripper to an Asian child bride, series seven will see our beloved Nonnatus House team stretched to the limit, as they face a series of medical, social and emotional challenges.”

The cast for series seven includes Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica Joan), Helen George (Trixie), Laura Main (Shelagh Turner), Charlotte Ritchie (Barbara), Victoria Yeates (Sister Winifred), Jennifer Kirby (Valerie), Stephen McGann (Dr Turner) and Jack Ashton (Tom).