Stephen, who plays Dr Turner in the BBC One series, tweeted about his love for Heidi after a particularly emotional episode which shone a light on the struggles of being LGBTQ+ at the time.
"I loved that episode," he wrote on Twitter after Sunday (9 April)'s episode. "It was written by Heidi, with all of her heart and soul. I love my other half for her craft, goodness and courage to the ends of the earth. xxxx"
Fans also praised the storyline, which saw Michael, a 17-year-old boy struggling with his sexuality. He was seeking help with his sexuality in a time where being gay was a crime - it was illegal until 1967 - and we saw that struggle LGBTQ+ people faced.
"Bravo to #callthemidwife for the sensitive handling of the gay storyline tonight. So glad it worked out well for young Michael in the end... sadly for so many of his contemporaries this was not the case, and enlightened GPs like Dr Turner were something of a rarity."
"What an emotional and much needed episode of #CallTheMidwife showing the history of LGBTQ+ conversion therapy. How have we not still made conversion therapy illegal!! Thank you @JackArcher30 for playing such a beautiful character with such emotion! @StephenMcGann thank you!"
Jack Archer, who plays Michael, said it was a privilege to share his character's story.
Call The Midwife continues on BBC One, Sunday at 8pm
Watch: Call The Midwife - Season 10
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