The latest installment of the drama – set in the East End in the early 1960s – starts this Sunday. Here’s all the important info.
What time does Call the Midwife start?
Call the Midwife returns for its eighth season TONIGHT January 13 at 8pm on BBC One.
It will air at the same time as Dragons’ Den on BBC Two, Vera on ITV and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Channel 4.
The series will comprise of eight hour-long episodes and will be shown at the same time each week.
If you want to catch up on previous seasons, they are available on Netflix.
Helen George will be back playing Nurse Trixie[/caption]
What is Call the Midwife about and what will happen in series 8?
Call the Midwife is a BBC drama series about a group of midwives working in the east end of London in the 1950s and 1960s.
They are based at the fictional nursing convent Nonnatus House in Poplar district carrying out nursing and midwife duties.
The show is based on the memoirs of the same name by Jennifer Worth.
Series 8 will see the return of Nurse Trixie (Helen George) who left Poplar to live in Italy as she battled her alcoholism.
This new series will also welcome FOUR new cast members including Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes.
She is joined by Fenella Woolgar, who plays Sister Hilda, Ella Bruccoleri as postulant Sister Frances and Georgie Glen as Miss Higgins, the surgery’s new receptionist.
Who’s in the cast of Call the Midwife?
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Jenny Agutter plays Sister Julienne
Jenny is a veteran British actress of stage and screen and is best known for her roles as Roberta in the 1970 film The Railway Children, Jessica 6 in Logan’s Run and Nurse Alex Price in An American Werewolf in London.
In recent years she has starred as Tessa Phillips in the BBC spy drama series Spooks and Councilwoman Hawley in The Avengers and Captain America: Winter Soldier.
Linda Bassett plays Nurse Phyllis Crane
Linda’s television credits include Lark Rise to Candleford and Grandma’s House and she starred as downtrodden wife Ella Khan in the film East is East.
Helen George plays Nurse Beatrix ‘Trixie’ Franklin
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Helen is best known for her role as the glamorous midwife.
She took part in the thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, was paired with Aljaz Skorjanec and finished in sixth place.
Cliff Parisi plays Fred Buckle
Cliff is best known for his role as Minty Peterson in EastEnders, which he played from 2002 to 2010.
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Stephen McGann plays Dr Patrick Turner
Stephen is one of a family of acting brothers including Joe, Paul and Mark and starred as Sean Reynolds in Emmerdale from 1999 to 2002.
A veteran of the stage, he has starred in productions including Blood Brothers, Art and Footloose.
He is married to Call The Midwife writer Heidi Thomas.
- You can visit the set of the show and do the Call The Midwife Tour at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
by – TheSun TV and Showbiz