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New nurses will be joining the midwives and nuns at Nonnatus House when the hit drama Call the Midwife returns for a fourth series. And a certain narrator will be making an on-screen appearance, too.

Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife – © Neal Street Productions

Hopefully, Call the Midwife fans have now gotten over the shock of midwife Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) leaving Nonnatus House, after her heartbreaking loss of boyfriend Alec and the realization that her true vocation is caring for those who are terminally ill.

Filling the void left by Raine and joining the regular cast are Linda Barrett (Lark Rise to Candleford), who will portray Nurse Phyllis Crane, and Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat), who will play Nurse Barbara Gilbert — both of which are newly-created characters by series creator and writer Heidi Thomas.

Series narrator Vanessa Redgrave will also make her first on-screen appearance during this year’s Christmas special as the present-day Call the Midwife author, Jennifer Worth.

Said Thomas, “The medical, social and emotional stories at the heart of Call the Midwife continue to inspire and compel me. The Nonnatus House nurses and midwives feel like my best-loved friends.”

Returning for the fourth series are Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, Miranda Hart as Chummy, Helen George as Trixie, Bryony Hannah as Cynthia, Laura Main as Shelagh Turner, Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner, Emerald Fennell as Patsy, Victoria Yeates as Sister Winifred, Ben Caplan as PC Peter Noakes, and guest star Cliff Parisi as Fred.

Filming has begun in Chertsey, Surrey for the Christmas special and fourth series, which will transmit on BBC One in the UK and PBS in the US (although the latter has not yet been confirmed).

Via Digital Spy



New Cast Members for Call the Midwife
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