Call the Midwife and me…

Miranda Hart, Helen George, Pam Ferris, Jenny Agutter and Stephen McGann talk about what the 50s period drama means to them


Stephen McGann – Dr Turner


Perhaps uniquely among the Midwife cast, writes Heidi Thomas, Stephen McGann (my husband) was delivered by a midwife who arrived on a bike. “I was born during a blizzard in the freezing winter of 1963,” he reveals. “The midwife left her bike outside when she arrived soon after midnight. My mother endured a long labour, and the next morning her bike had to be dug out of the snow.”

As a child, he enjoyed an early taste of the limelight when taken to hospital suffering from pneumonia. “A small crowd gathered in the street to see me being stretchered into the ambulance. And I made sure I looked poorly for my audience.” his early experiences gave him an appreciation of the value of free health care, and he jumped at the role of Dr Turner. “he’s a deeply good man, a vocational doctor who works desperately hard. he’s also a man of his time. In the 50s, nurses had to defer to doctors in a way they don’t so much now.”

Above all, Stephen sees Midwife as a celebration of optimism in the NHS. “It’s an amazing honorable system, in which everyone is sacred. Everybody matters, no matter how poor they are.”

Miranda Hart – Chummy

“One of the best things about Call the Midwife? Getting the man — now that was a first!”

Helen George – Trixie

“We seem to spend a huge amount of time eating cake — cucumber sandwiches, scones, Spam, pilchards, French onion soup, blancmange, pork pie, white toast with lashings of butter and jam. Those midwives were hungry! A no-carb diet is impossible on set.”

Pam Ferris – Sister Evangelina

“What does Call the Midwife mean to me? Comfortable shoes.”

Jenny Agutter – Sister Julienne

“I find myself being stopped by people of all ages and backgrounds who want to let me know how the series has affected them.”


Call the Midwife continues on Sundays at 8:00pm on BBC1