From plunging into the big freeze of 1962-63, to the heartbreaking death of an elderly Mrs Gelin, Call the Midwife opened its seventh series with an impeccable tear-jerking episode.
However, there was one ray of sunshine to brighten up a potentially gloomy instalment: new midwife Lucille Anderson.
VIDEO EXCLUSIVE! #callthemidwife series 7 introduces a brand new midwife to Nonnatus House – Nurse Lucille Anderson! @Leonie_Elliott and the team discuss the history behind our latest Nonnatun xx pic.twitter.com/676DKNLkpD
— Call the Midwife (@CallTheMidwife1) January 16, 2018
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The show’s first black midwife, played by Leonie Elliott, not only wowed Trixie with her midwifery knowledge, but immediately won over viewers with her kindhearted nature:
I’m already in love with Lucille #callthemidwife
— jenna (@jenbri17) January 22, 2018
— Laura Main Fans (@mainiators) January 21, 2018
Nurse Lucille is a ray of sunshine. The 2018 midwife team is looking tip top! ????#callthemidwife
— Meenu (@meenu4191) January 21, 2018
Lucille is so cute, oh my god #callthemidwife
— 1.2.3 LETS GO BITCH // 23rd June (@newxxromantic) January 21, 2018
The first Black nurse in Nonnatus House, *and* a former librarian? I think it's fair to say I love Sister Lucille Anderson. #CallTheMidwife
— Sister Outrider (@ClaireShrugged) January 21, 2018
And Twitter users praised the series for reflecting the diversity of midwives:
— Veda Harrison (@Minkymoo99) January 21, 2018
Loved the way they introduced the nurses that came from the West Indies and kept our NHS going. It was great to have a nod to Taunton as the hospital they recently did a documentary on how the nurses from the West Indies trained at the hospital @MusgrovePark #callthemidwife
— Abigail Thorne (@thorne_abigail) January 21, 2018
My nan was a nurse in the #60s and used to talk about West Indies nurses arriving in Taunton and Somerset to undertake nursing duties. #Taunton mentioned in @CallTheMidwife1 tonight. #CallTheMidwife History at its truth.
— James Merrell RN (@MerrellJames) January 21, 2018
Others are already hoping Lucille will forge strong friendships over the series…
Never knew until now that all I want in life is for Lucille and Sister Monica Joan to become BFFs. #callthemidwife
— ✨Poppy✨ (@PoppyTeaches) January 21, 2018
A good start to the new series.
Introduction of a new midwife.
Already ship the new BFF's Sister Monica Joan & Lucille Plus the show was intense from the get go.
With the birth of a baby and the death of an eldery lady.. #callthemidwife
— Brittany_Smark (@SmarkBrittany7) January 21, 2018
And although the new addition didn’t stop many from missing departed couple Patsy and Delia…
— Gretel Armstrong (@GretelSugar) January 21, 2018
— Louisa Block (@LouisaBlock) January 21, 2018
…it looks like Lucille has firmly settled into Nonnatus House:
— Jennifer Kirby (@JenniferKirby08) January 21, 2018
— Stephen McGann (@StephenMcGann) January 21, 2018