CALL The Midwife star Jessica Raine has admitted feeling "evil" about getting babies to cry on the set of the hit TV drama.
Raine was bicycle-riding Jenny in the BBC1 series, set in the 1950s in London's East End, with Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris and Miranda Hart. She told the Radio Times that her alter-ego, who enrols as a midwife alongside an order of nuns, was "the first rounded character" she had played on TV.
But she added: "I feel very guilty about the way we treated some of the babies on the Mid-wife set. They were always sleepy and in the scenes where they had just been born we needed them to cry so I had to blow on their face -- I felt evil."
A second series of the drama, based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth who died last year having sold more than a million copies of her books, begins filming in June.
But Raine, who enjoyed a successful stage career before landing the TV role, said: "I get a bit annoyed when people describe it as cosy. There are really grisly stories and though it's wrapped in this Fifties nostalgia it's more than that."
The hit series landed a second series just two episodes into its run after BBC bosses were delighted with record audiences of 10 million viewers. It drew the biggest audience for the launch of a new drama on the channel.
-- SHERNA NOAH