Call the Midwife’s Dr Turner star teases big twist for Nonnatus House ‘It’s a departure’

Call the Midwife: BBC teases Christmas Day special

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Following the lives of nurse-midwives and nuns in the 1950s, Call the Midwife will be returning to screens with its latest instalment in the New Year.  The hit BBC drama, which is based in the East End, includes a stellar cast. Leading actor Helen George is joined by Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt, Laura Main, Cliff Parisi and Stephen McGann. Shortly after the release of the Christmas special, Stephen who plays Dr Turner has hinted at a “brilliant” mind-blowing twist set to play out in season 11.

Speaking ahead of the series debut, the actor revealed: “We’re not going to tell you any detail, except to say that it’s big, it’s brilliant, and it is a real challenge.

“I think for people who watch the show – I think it’s a departure. It’s different. It’s ambitious.”  

Stephen told the show’s long-running fans: “That’s when it’s time not to tell you anything.”

In an interview with Digital Spy and other media, the Dr Turner star confessed: “But it’s one of those things that everybody, in their way, is affected by.”

He continued: “Everyone comes into their own.”

Talk soon turned to the show’s creator and screenwriter Heidi Thomas who also happens to be married to McGann.

Discussing his spouse’s hard work ethic when writing storylines, he explained: “She goes upstairs, and vanishes for a few weeks, and then comes down.”

Stephen continued to tell fans about his wife’s writing process, he added: “She says, ‘It’s like someone from history says to me – mainly women, who are voiceless’.

“‘They say tell the story of what happened to women like me’.” 

‘“Tell the story of what happened to…orphan children like me’,” the TV star said.

Actor Jenny Agutter who plays Sister Julienne gave away a bit more than her co-star.

Ahead of the eleventh season release, Jenny divulged there would be “abuse” again.

The star expressed that it would return similar to the show’s previous themes but this time, it will be “in a different kind of way”.

Call the Midwife fans were thrilled to know a feature-length festive special would be airing over the Christmas holidays.

The Christmas Day episode centred around Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott) and Cyril Robinson’s (Zephryn Taitte) winter wedding in Poplar. 

Women from the Commonwealth moved over to England and trained as nurses, Leonie’s character Lucille was a librarian in Jamaica before she came to London and trained as a nurse.

Cyril, her groom works as a mechanic and made his debut on the show in the fifth episode of series eight.

Zephyrn praised his co-stars look, as Cyril’s wife-to-be walked down the aisle in a beautiful wedding dress.

In an interview, the star said: “The wedding dress for Leonie looked magnificent.”

Call the Midwife‘s festive special is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. Season 11 will make its debut on January 2. 

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