Call The Midwife: In search of a new home

Thursday 6 February 2014, 10:51

Hannah King Hannah King Researcher

When Call The Midwife discovered their much-loved Nonnatus House (filmed at St Joseph's College in Mill Hill, London), was to be redeveloped into luxury 21st century flats, they had no other choice than to go out in search of a new home. 

Luckily the new Nonnatus House featured in series three offered plenty of advantages.

Leading cast and production team members explain how the show’s creator Heidi Thomas and production designer Eve Stewart managed to bring the show into a whole new era:

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Hugh Warren is a producer for Call The Midwife, Pippa Harris is an executive producer, Jessica Raine plays Jenny Lee and Pam Ferris plays Sister Evangelina.
Since settling into their brand new Nonnatus House, the cast have been eyeing up a few items from the set. They revealed which ones they’d quite like to take home:

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In order of appearance: Victoria Yeates plays Sister Winifred, Judy Parfitt plays Sister Monica Joan, Jessica Raine plays Jenny Lee, Miranda Hart plays Chummy Noakes, Helen George plays Trixie Franklin, Laura Main plays Shelagh Turner, Pam Ferris plays Sister Evangelina, Jenny Agutter plays Sister Julienne, Bryony Hannah plays Cynthia Miller.
These interviews were filmed by BBC Worldwide and edited by Hannah King, a researcher in BBC TV and iPlayer.

Call The Midwife continues on Sunday, 9 February at 8pm on BBC One and BBC One HD. For further programme times please see the episode guide.

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    Comment number 21.

    I love this show. It might not be 100% as accurate as some have mentioned but that does not matter. I have read the book, listened to the audio book and I am a drama teacher who has used the idea as a way of explaining the issues of the time as a stimuli for my students own drama. The idea that issues, which were once then seen in a less PC way have evolved to what they have become today is a great source of information. But its the era, the way people had to cope. My own Mother had children in the 50s, she had a midwife call out on one of the coldest nights of that particular year and she and my Grandmother delivered my older sister. Its not only the nostalgia of the show, but the romantic idea, as well as the feel good factor you get from it and the reality of birth, life and death. In those days dedicated women went into all sorts of situations and they gave their service tirelessly. This is a fantastic show, which I hope continues for several more seasons yet. Favorite Nuns Sister Monica Joan and Sister Evangeline. Their real life back stories are worth reading. Keep it going ladies my students and I love it!

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    Comment number 22.

    I agree with oldnik It is a fantastic programme, I love it, it is like a breath of fresh air, acting superb with great Characters, takes me back in time therefore it is nostalgic too.. I'm not looking for slight faults I am enjoying all it has to offer. Great work BBC.
    Bring on more programmes like this showing the good values in life ,with good loyal friendships, genuine caring for those in need. Sacrifice, overcoming hard times...not murder violence sex blood and gore, I've had enough of that to last a lifetime.

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    Comment number 23.

    I wonder where the nuns have gone from St Joseph's College in Mill Hill, London ?.They used to look after my siblings and i in the home along with many others..The last we visited them six/seven years ago they were still there, they had photos of us has children.The home had gone and been replaced with new homes but the big grounds were still there.

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    Comment number 24.

    I have enjoyed all the episodes. I was born in 1948 in Stratford, London and I can remember lots of the sayings, attitudes and articles used around a house.

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    Comment number 25.

    Why has call the midwife been pulled so early? Last week we watched the penultimate episode at gone midnight so were too tired to see last sunday's episode. Tonight I called up I Player to see last week's episode and it has been deleted. with no change of seeing the programme. Why so bloody early? We were so enjoying the series!


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    Comment number 26.

    Hi Ann Cheam,
    Thanks for getting in touch - I’m the editor of the BBC TV blog. Sorry to hear you missed the final episode. Programmes are generally available on iPlayer for seven days after broadcast. In the case of Call The Midwife, the entire series was made available until 9pm Sunday, 16 March, seven days after the final episode was broadcast.

    You can find out more about BBC iPlayer availability here:


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