Tuesday 12 December 2017

Call The Midwife introduces West Indian midwife in seventh series

By Julia Hunt

The new character will join the upcoming seventh series of the BBC1 drama.

Call The Midwife is introducing its first West Indian midwife, who will bring a “fresh new energy” to Nonnatus House.

The new character, named Lucille, will join the upcoming seventh series of the BBC1 drama about midwives in the East End of London in the 1950s.

Creator Heidi Thomas said at a panel at the BFI And Radio Times Television Festival: “My research is continually bringing up new things.

“One thing we’re really looking forward to in series seven is my research has made me very aware of the contributions made by West Indian and Caribbean nurses to the NHS in the early 1960s.”

The role of the “elegant, funny and clever” midwife has yet to be cast.

Heidi said: “She’s going to bring stories with her, and a different cultural point of view, and that’s very exciting.”

The series has featured such stars as Jenny Agutter, Miranda Hart and Vanessa Redgrave.

Call The Midwife will return for a Christmas special this year.

The seventh series will air in 2018.

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