Second series of Call The Midwife returns to our screens
The second series of Call The Midwife, which was
filmed in Kent, is delving deeper into the emotional lives of the
regular characters. Lisa Williams spoke to cast members old and
Call The Midwife has been a massive Sunday-night hit for the
The TV adaptation of Jennifer Worth’s memoirs of working as a
midwife in the 1950s drew audiences in with moving birth stories,
including a wealthy young mum’s death from eclampsia and a
mixed-race baby born to a white couple (and the father accepting
the baby as his own), plus the quaint yet gritty setting.
That setting has been created at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard,
which was home to filming for the first series, the Christmas
special and second series, which started on the BBC this year.
Equally as captivating as the Dockyard’s cobbled streets,
evoking a bygone era, were the characters, from the no-nonsense
approach of Sister Evangelina (Pam Ferris, who lives in Elham) to
the clumsy bonhomie of Camilla ‘Chummy’ Noakes (Miranda Hart).
As nuns, the likes of Sister Julienne and Sister Evangelina put
the needs of others above their own.
But the second series sees one of them face a huge dilemma when
she finds her faith is challenged. Sister Bernadette, the youngest
of the nuns and a gifted medic, grows increasingly close to Dr
Turner, a widower.
“Bernadette goes on such a huge journey, I never could have
predicted it,” said actress Laura Main.
“It took me by as much surprise as it does Sister Bernadette.
But it’s quite delicately tackled, as she is a nun after all.”
Meanwhile, Sister Monica Joan is in turmoil when her dementia
takes a turn for the worse. “Although we’re not even sure it is
dementia,” said Judy Parfitt, who plays her. “She’s a highly
strung, imaginative woman who slips away when things get too much
“She has moments of clear lucidity and moments when she
completely loses the plot. It’s a very complex thing.”
The young midwives
Notoriously secretive Jenny opens up a bit in this series, which
was a relief to Jessica Raine, who plays her.
“She very slowly comes round to the idea of a man being in her
life,” she said.
“I feel sorry for Jenny in the men department, I’m like, ‘Come
on! Go out dancing!’ And she does eventually.”
Her colleague Trixie never needs any encouragement to go out
dancing, but actress Helen George said she gets her fingers burnt a
bit in this series.
“There’s a love interest for her, an older man, which doesn’t go
quite to plan. She gets her confidence knocked a bit which is
completely irritating and not in her plan whatsoever,” said
Chummy and Noakes
Our favourite happy couple, who got married at the end of the
first series, face a big dilemma this series. Though she’s larger
than life and full of fun, Chummy has an intensely spiritual drive
within her and this comes to the fore when she’s invited to work in
Miranda Hart, who plays her, said: “She feels God is calling her
to work there to train midwives and to teach women how to deal with
Call The Midwife is on BBC1 every Sunday at 8pm.
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