Filming has now begun for the new season of Call the Midwife and the 2014 Christmas special, with the fourth series scheduled to begin airing in 2015 on BBC One.
Joining the shows line-up for series 4 will be two new regular actresses, Charlotte Ritchie and Linda Bassett. Having previously starred in ‘Life Of Riley’ and ‘Fresh Meat’, and about to appear in the new BBC show ‘Siblings’, Charlotte joins Call the Midwife as character Nurse Barbara Gilbert. Linda meanwhile has previously appeared in ‘East Is East’, ‘Grandma’s House’ and ‘Lark Rise To Candleford’ and will now play Nurse Phyllis Crane.
Fans of the show can also look forward to the special 2014 Christmas episode, where for the first time, Vanessa Redgrave will appear on screen as the mature Jennifer Worth.
Executive Producer Pippa Harris says: “We’re all delighted to be welcoming Vanessa Redgrave on screen, having hugely enjoyed her narration of the series to date. It’s also terrific that Heidi Thomas has created two wonderful new characters for the series, and that we’re fortunate enough to have Linda Bassett and Charlotte Ritchie joining our regular and much-loved team at Nonnatus House”.
Returning to our screens in 2015 will be regular stars Jenny Agutter, Miranda Hart, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Emerald Fennell, Bryony Hannah, Laura Main, Victoria Yeates, Cliff Parisi, Ben Caplan and Stephen McGann.
Created by Neal Street Productions, the new series of CTM will once again use the filming locations of their studio base in Chertsey, Surrey and the historic Chatham dockyard. Set in 1960, this new season will see the community of nuns and nurses on the cusp of great change in London’s East End.
With an exact series 4 date yet to be officially announced for the UK or US, British viewers will likely see episode 1 premiere on BBC One sometime in January, 2015.