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Hot on the heels of filming the Call the Midwife 2020 Call The Midwife Christmas special, we’ll be talking to its award-winning creator Heidi Thomas on Wednesday 21st October at 7.30pm. Put the date in your diary now for what promises to be a fascinating evening.
We’ll be finding out how she took her brilliant idea from book to script. And we’ll be asking how she’s coped with its phenomenal success. Plus she’ll be giving us a sneak preview of her new book The Wisdom of Call The Midwife. Doesn’t that sound perfect for right now?
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Although best known for Call the Midwife, Liverpool-born Heidi has had a long and illustrious writing career, from early work in the theatre and radio, to film (Ballet Shoes) and period drama, including Little Women, Upstairs, Downstairs and Cranford.
Most recently, Heidi and her team have just wrapped up filming the 2020 Call the Midwife Christmas special. Broadcast on Christmas Day, the specials typically draw in millions of viewers, earning Heidi the title ‘Queen of Christmas’.
Acknowledging how much the series is part of her life, Heidi said, “We are very much a family at Call the Midwife, and like families everywhere, we have missed each other. We will now be putting more love and energy into our work more than ever and I can’t wait to share series 10 with our fantastic, loyal audience.’
Why we love Call The midwife
As its creator, Heidi has conjured a cast of characters that audiences truly care about. From sassy, brittle Trixie, who can flirt (and smoke) for England, to serene but starchy Sister Julienne, each character has her flaws but tackles difficult situations head on, often with a dose of humour.
On paper, the gritty storylines (from domestic abuse to mental health issues) do not make for popular Sunday-night viewing. The brutal reality of life in the East End in the 1950s and 60s, particularly for women, the sick and the poor, is never shied away Yet the warmth, strength and compassion shown by the Sisters and midwives of Nonnatus House strikes a deep chord with its audience. Who didn’t weep buckets when newly-wed Nurse Barbara died of septicaemia, or punch the air when Chummy (Miranda Hart) finally married policeman beau, Peter?
Heidi has also written the foreword to a fabulous new title: The Wisdom of Call the Midwife, sharing words of inspiration from the Sisters and midwives of Nonnatus House – which Heidi will be chatting to Woman & Home books editor Zoe West about at our LIVE event on Wednesday 21st Like to ask Heidi a question? Join the Q&A live, or send it in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org