The BFI And Radio Times Television Festival took place on Sunday and there were a few surprise announcements made about our beloved period drama ‘Call The Midwife’.
The show was voted the ‘best drama of the 21st century’ (too right!) in a viewers pole AND it was revealed that show bosses are set to introduce a West Indian midwife into the fold.
Writer Heidi Thomas said she is determined to reflect the cultures that flocked to the East End of London in the 1960s by creating the new character, who will be called Lucille.
“We’ll be introducing our first West Indian young regular midwife to Nonnatus House in series seven.
“She’s going to bring stories with her and a different cultural point of view and that’s very exciting,” she teased.
The cast are gearing up to start shooting the seventh series over the summer months and Heidi is currently on the hunt for the perfect actress to portray Lucille and has admitted the idea behind the character came after she delved deeper into nursing in the 60s.
She said: ” My research is continually bringing up new things.
“One thing we’re really looking forward to in series seven is my research has made me very aware of the contributions made by West Indian and Caribbean nurses to the NHS in the early 1960s.
“Elegant, funny and clever, Lucille is swift to settle in and bring a fresh new energy to life at Nonnatus House.
“Casting is currently underway and we look forward to introducing Lucille to our 10 million fans very soon.”
We are super excited to meet Lucille.