Starring in BBC1's 1950s-set drama Call the Midwife was an inspirational experience for comic actress Miranda Hart, she has said in an interview for the new issue of Radio Times magazine.
"At that time, they really were celebrating life," Hart said. "I'm not advocating a war in order to encourage a sense of reality, but our lives are now so comfortable, so unphysical. There is so much within us that we don't use these days. The physical and mental strength of those midwives, it was extraordinary."
Hart plays tall, galumphing midwife Camilla "Chummy" Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne in the drama, which debuted on Sunday and attracted well over 8 million viewers.
In the RT interview Hart also discussed the challenges of her first major acting role since playing an exaggerated version of herself in the sitcom Miranda. "It's hard to know whether people will think: oh, it's just me," she said. "But I hope people will see that what I have done with Chummy is different. My background is comedy acting. Playing 'Miranda' is playing a role."
Read the full interview in the new issue of Radio Times magazine, in shops today.