Table of Contents
- Miranda Hart calls off Call the Midwife return
- The perfect end to Call the Midwife series seven brings back Barbara, Chummy and Trixie
- READ ON FOR MORE OF ANDY HALLS’ BIZARRE TV COLUMN
- Cath Eva so happy for rest
- must watch
- Chummy is played by Miranda Hart
Miranda Hart calls off Call the Midwife return
Image caption Chummy, pictured with husband Peter (Ben Caplan), was expected to return this Christmas
Miranda Hart will not be returning to her role as “Chummy” in BBC One’s Call the Midwife, as was reported in April.
The comedian and actress said it was “with a heavy heart” that she had to call off her comeback to the series.
“Having shared Chummy’s return to CTM, I’ve not been able to birth (pun) the schedule to make it work,” she tweeted.
It had been hoped that Camilla “Chummy” Noakes would return for the 2016 Christmas special and the sixth series, expected to air in 2017.
Hart, who left the show during its fourth series due to work commitments, said she was “truly sad not to be playing Chummy this year”.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dame Harriet Walter will join the cast for the show’s sixth series
But she said fans were “in for a treat” with the addition of Dame Harriet Walter as a cast member, “and more besides”.
Hart’s character was last seen moving to a mother and baby unit.
Based on the memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife tells of midwives working in east London in the 1950s and ’60s.
Hart received a Bafta nomination in 2012 for her work in the series, which also stars Jenny Agutter, Helen George and Judy Parfitt.
Dame Harriet, 65, is set to play a new character, Sister Ursula, when the show returns next year.
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The perfect end to Call the Midwife series seven brings back Barbara, Chummy and Trixie
“We flicker on a screen, we fold and unfold upon the mind’s eye,” says Vanessa’s wise voiceover as Call the Midwife series seven comes to a bittersweet end. “Brittle as wings, eternal as a heartbeat. And even when the heart falls silent we do not cease to be. Because in the end we all become memories.”
As birthday girl Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) watches with delight and surprise (and sometimes with sorrow), images from her long life are projected up on the cinema screen.
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Crowded in to the auditorium are Sister Winifred, Val, Phyllis, Sister Julienne, Violet, Tom, Fred, Dr Turner, Shelagh, Lucille and the elderly nun’s many friends and neighbours, all in one place to celebrate together. But – through the power of projection! – they are also joined by Chummy, Barbara and even Trixie.
The slideshow features photographs of both Chummy (Miranda Hart), everyone’s favourite former midwife, and Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie), whose recent death is deeply felt at Nonnatus House. Our hearts!
Also appearing in Poplar’s local cinema is Nurse Trixie (Helen George), who turns up in home movie footage clutching a sign that says “see you soon”. She may not be physically in the cinema to watch Sister Monica Joan blow out the candles on her cake, but her presence is felt as the Call the Midwife family pulls together to remember the past and look to the future.
These poignant final moments have us smiling through the tears, especially as the camera lingers on the red rose and toy carousel on Barbara’s freshly dug grave. It is a fitting end to an episode (and a series) full of grief but also friendship.
The toy carousel is a heartrending reminder of the Barbara who rode the merry-go-round on her wedding day just a year ago, grinning at husband Tom (Jack Ashton) and looking forward to married life: the Barbara we see on screen at the cinema is only a memory.
But at the same time, this little tin carousel is a symbol of love and friendship.
Reggie, who himself suffered the great loss of his mother, buys the toy for Tom to place on his wife’s grave, reaching out to the widower in his grief. This is a powerful gesture.
So when we see Chummy holding her wedding bouquet and looping arms with husband Peter Noakes (Ben Caplan) on the church steps, and when we see Barbara riding the carousel in her wedding dress, and when we see Trixie blowing kisses, it provides us with the perfect moment to pause and take stock after seven years of Call the Midwife.
In Poplar, it’s time to celebrate – but also to remember.
Here’s to the memories. ❤️
Thank you for watching #CallTheMidwife with us. pic.twitter.com/G1h78O8Qya
— BBC One (@BBCOne) March 11, 2018
Call the Midwife will return for series eight
HER return to Call the Midwife has been one of the most long-awaited in TV drama – but hopes of Miranda Hart coming back have been crushed by show creators.
The team behind the BBC1 ratings giant have now BANNED the comedian from rejoining the cast after she let them down at the last minute last year.
8 Miranda Hart will not be returning to Call the MidwifeCredit: BBC
Back then, Bizarre TV revealed that Miranda had been suffering from a mystery illness that prevented her committing to another series.
That forced writer Heidi Thomas to frantically redraft scripts that had reintroduced her posh midwife Chummy.
A TV insider said: “The Call the Midwife team were really looking forward to having her back so felt equally disappointed by the U-turn.
“They felt she’d messed them about and it caused a real headache for the creators of a huge show which is incredibly challenging to make.
8 Miranda couldn’t commit to doing another series last year after coming down with a mystery illnessCredit: Alamy 8 A TV insider revealed the actress had caused the team a great headacheCredit: Handout
“They did every-thing they could to leave the door open in the hope that Miranda’s character might return. Now they would rather have certainty.”
Miranda starred in Call the Midwife from 2012 to 2015 but disappeared after series four, with her character leaving Nonnatus House to work in a mother-and-baby home.
It was hoped she would return for season six — and a Christmas special — but she pulled out. She didn’t appear in this year’s season seven and doesn’t feature in the upcoming series currently being filmed.
The drama, which stars Helen George as Nurse Trixie Franklin and Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, didn’t suffer as a result of her absence.
8 The comedian starred in the BBC1 show from 2012 to 2015Credit: BBC
The last series still achieved viewing figures of between seven and eight million per episode, and 2017’s Christmas Day special won the ratings battle once again with 9.6million tuning in.
Looks like Call the Midwife will continue doing fine with or without Miranda.
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Cath Eva so happy for rest
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Miranda Hart’s character Chummy was one of the most hilarious and best loved nurses at Nonnatus House on Call The Midwife, but fans of the show will have noticed that Miranda has been noticeably absent from the recent series of the drama. And at a stand-up show in London, the comedian appeared to confirm the real reason behind her mysterious absence.
Miranda had previously explained she couldn’t film the sixth season because of a busy schedule and prior work commitments, despite
having initially confirmed that Chummy would be making a comeback.
Back in April 2016, the production company for Call The Midwife announced, “We’ve been bursting to share the news Chummy has left the mother and baby unit and is heading back to Poplar for series six! We’re thrilled to be once again featuring Miranda Hart.” However, Miranda later went on to confirm that the news was no longer true, tweeting…
But at her stand-up show recently, she has said, “I don’t feel myself at the moment because I was ill last year and wasn’t able to exercise.” This is the first time that the actress has eluded to having been under the weather during the past year – which could explain why she hasn’t been putting in an appearance on the BBC One show’s sixth season.
The actress also missed out on appearing in the last two seasons of the programme, series four and five, due to her busy schedule, last appearing as Chummy in 2013.
In August 2016, Miranda was also forced to quit a revival of Frankie Howerd’s Up Pompeii, with the planned sitcom actually being pulled altogether shortly after she cancelled her appearance in it.
But things appear to be on the up for the much-loved comedian, as it’s recently been announced that she will play Miss Hannigan in a new West End production of Annie, which she has admitted has been a ‘surprise for her’, but a “dream come true.” Opening night for the show will be 5th June 2017, and Miranda is set to play the rather miserable orphanage boss until 17th September 2017. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday 17th February.
— Miranda Hart (@mermhart) February 16, 2017
CALL the Midwife star Miranda Hart cancelled her comeback because of a mystery illness.
She was all set to return as cheery nurse Chummy in the BBC1 show’s Christmas special and its sixth series.
3 Miranda Hart cancelled her Call the Midwife comeback due to mystery illnessCredit: Alamy
But just months before it was due on screen, creator Heidi Thomas had to rewrite episodes which were sketched out around Chummy’s return.
Miranda, 44 — who left the show for three years for other commitments — was also forced to turn down the chance to remake Frankie Howerd’s classic sitcom Up Pompeii.
She was also tipped to front a remake of The Generation Game, which also been put on hold.
3 Miranda as cheery nurse Chummy in Call the MidwifeCredit: BBC
The illness left Bafta-nominated Miranda feeling so unwell that she could not play her beloved tennis.
At an intimate stand-up gig in London on Tuesday night she revealed: “I don’t feel myself at the moment because I was ill last year and I wasn’t able to exercise.”
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The sixth series has pulled in more than 8million.
Last April fans were overjoyed to learn that Camilla “Chummy” Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne was to return.
But four months later Miranda announced that her busy schedule had thrown a spanner in the works and she had been forced to pull out — despite having no other TV or film commitments in the pipeline.
3 Miranda Hart with Call the Midwife stars Helen George, Jessica Raine and Bryony HannahCredit: Alamy
She said at the time: “It’s with a heavy heart that having shared Chummy’s return to CTM, I’ve not been able to birth (pun) the schedule to make it work.”
Last night a spokeswoman for the star insisted she was now fighting fit, adding: “Miranda has a wealth of upcoming projects.”
Miranda Hart (second left) played midwife Chummy on Cal The Midwife (Picture: BBC)
The BBC has hit back at claims that Miranda Hart has been banned from returning to Call The Midwife.
It was reported that Miranda, who played Chummy on the show, was a persona non grata on the series after ‘messing around’ bosses with her schedule.
However, the BBC press office hit back at the report in The Sun, calling it ‘utter nonsense’.
Executive producer Dame Pippa Harris and series creator Heidi Thomas said: ‘The creative team at Call The Midwife remain extremely close to Miranda, and hugely value the contribution Chummy made to the first four series of the show.
‘Sadly, the timing wasn’t right for her to return in 2016, but the door is always open. We would welcome her back with open arms should she ever be free and want to come back to Nonnatus House.’
The door had been left open for Chummy’s return (Picture: BBC)
Miranda was set to reprise her role in the period drama’s Christmas special and sixth series in 2017, but dropped out in August before filming started.
At the time Miranda said her ‘schedule’ was to blame.
She tweeted: ‘News: it’s with a heavy heart that having shared Chummy’s return to CTM, I’ve not been able to birth (pun) the schedule to make it work.’
Miranda added that she was ‘truly sad not to be playing Chummy this year’.
Hart quit the show during series four to work on other projects with Chummy being sent to a mother and baby unit to explain her absence.
Producers had previously left the door open for Chummy to come back, but according to The Sun this might be off the table, as bosses want ‘certainty’.
An insider said: ‘The Call the Midwife team were really looking forward to having her back so felt equally disappointed by the U-turn.
‘They felt she’d messed them about and it caused a real headache for the creators of a huge show which is incredibly challenging to make.
‘They did everything they could to leave the door open in the hope that Miranda’s character might return. Now they would rather have certainty.’
Meanwhile star Helen George is coming back to the show as Nurse Trixie Franklin after welcoming her first child.
Executive producer Pippa Harris said Trixie will be ‘in fine form’ when she returns.
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CALL the Midwife star Ben Caplan is bowing out from the hit drama to pursue other experiences.
The actor, 42, who plays PC Peter Noakes and is married to Miranda Hart’s Camilla “Chummy” Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne, suggested he’ll now turn to theatre and look for edgier roles.
4 Call the Midwife star Ben Caplan is bowing out from the hit drama to pursue other experiences.Credit: BBC
However, Ben is open to returning to the BBC programme and is adamant Miranda will also reappear following her absence from the latest series.
He said: “The door is very much open for both myself and Miranda and I’m sure we’ll make an appearance again.
4 The actor, 42, who plays PC Peter Noakes and is married to Miranda Hart’s Camilla “Chummy” Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne, suggested he’ll now turn to theatre and look for edgier rolesCredit: BBC
“It’s been lovely to have been there since the beginning, an amazing roller coaster ride, and I’m honoured to have been part of the whole journey, but there comes a point six years down the line that, as an actor, it’s good to keep my foot in with the theatre world and exploring other roles.
“Much as I love playing Peter Noakes, it’s great to go off and play some more edgy characters and show a little bit more diversity.”
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Miranda was written out in series four with the explanation given that Chummy had been sent to a mother and baby unit, as she went to Hollywood to star in Spy alongside Melissa McCarthy.
She had been due to return for the latest Christmas special and series six, however, illness and a busy schedule meant it wasn’t possible.
4 Ben described his time on the show as a “roller coaster”Credit: Rex Features
The sixth series of Call the Midwife finished on a high earlier this month, with viewers praising the happy ending which saw Barbara Gilbert marry Reverend Tom, Shelagh and Patrick Turner welcome a baby boy and Patsy and Delia finally kiss.
Viewers were also told as the credits rolled that the show will return next year.
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Call the Midwife fans shouldn’t expect the return of PC Peter Noakes next series, as actor Ben Caplan has announced his departure from the hit BBC One show.
The 42-year-old actor said he is bowing out from the series in search of edgier roles.
PC Peter Noakes has been a series regular since Call the Midwife’s first series. He is married to Miranda Hart’s character Camilla ‘Chummy’ Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne, who left the series previously.
However, Caplan said both he and Miranda are open to returning in the future.
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“It’s been lovely to have been there since the beginning, an amazing roller coaster ride, and I’m honoured to have been part of the whole journey, but there comes a point six years down the line that, as an actor, it’s good to keep my foot in with the theatre world and exploring other roles,” he told The Sun.
“Much as I love playing Peter Noakes, it’s great to go off and play some more edgy characters and show a little bit more diversity.
“The door is very much open for both myself and Miranda and I’m sure we’ll make an appearance again.”
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The sixth season of Call the Midwife finished in February and proved to be the most controversial yet.
The BBC drama received praise this year after tackling difficult subjects such as female genital mutilation, domestic abuse, facial disfiguration and disability.
It also received criticism in relation to its domestic abuse storyline, with some viewers complaining about the distressing nature of the scenes.
With another three series yet to come, we can’t wait to see what tricky subjects are next on the agenda.
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Could Miranda Hart be making a return to Call The Midwife? (Picture: WireImage)
Ben Caplan hasn’t ruled out Miranda Hart’s return to the Call The Midwife, going as far to say he’s ‘sure’ his character Peter Noakes could be reunited with Chummy.
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After confirming his own exit from the BBC One period drama, Caplan told The Sun he’d be open to returning to the BBC One series sometime in the future.
‘The door is very much open for both myself and Miranda. I’m sure we’ll make an appearance again,’ he said.
‘It’s been lovely to have been there since the beginning, an amazing roller coaster ride, and I’m honoured to have been part of the whole journey.
‘But there comes a point six years down the line that, as an actor, it’s good to keep my foot in with the theatre world and exploring other roles.’
Miranda announced she wouldn’t be returning to Call The Midwife last August (Picture: BBC)
The 42-year-old actor added he was looking forward to playing ‘edgier’ characters.
‘Much as I love playing Peter Noakes, it’s great to go off and play some more edgy characters and show a little bit more diversity,’ he said.
Chummy was notably absent from the latest series of Call The Midwife after Miranda Hart dropped out of filming last August.
Ben Caplan (L) says he’d love to return to Call The Midwife with Miranda Hart (R) someday (Picture: BBC)
Also previously giving up roles of updates of Frank Howard’s sitcom Up Pompeii and The Generation Game, the actress hinted a mystery illness may have influenced her decision to drop out.
Hart told fans at a London stand-up gig in February an undisclosed illness from 2016 had left her ‘not feeling myself’, according to The Sun.
‘I don’t feel myself at the moment because I was ill last year and I wasn’t able to exercise,’ she said.
However, a spokesperson for the actress has disputed reports, insisting Miranda is now back at work.
‘Miranda has a wealth of upcoming projects,’ they told The Mirror.
Call The Midwife’s holiday special was the most watched show on Christmas Day, with 9.2million viewers tuning into BBC One.
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Metro.co.uk has reached out to reps for the BBC and Miranda Hart for further comment.
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Chummy is played by Miranda Hart
Full name Camilla Cholomondely-Browne, and later Camilla Noakes, Chummy’s height and clumsiness, yet all-round good naturedness, provide light relief at Nonnatus House.
However, on arrival at the convent, rather than being the butt of the jokes, she soon wins the admiration and love of her colleagues and the local bobby – and even learns to ride a bike.
Chummy later marries PC Peter Noakes and the pair spend time in Sierra Leone, Africa where Chummy has secured a position as a CMS missionary. On her return, Chummy discovers that she has come full circle and is now herself pregnant.
Miranda Hart as Chummy Browne and Ben Caplan as PC Peter Noakes.
Raised in Hampshire, Hart studied Political Science before doing a postgrad course in acting. Stints at the Edinburgh Festival followed.
Hart went on to appear in a number of sitcoms before starring in her own, most notably as Barbara, a clumsy cleaner in Not Going Out. She can also be spotted in smaller roles in episodes of Smack the Pony, The Vicar of Dibley and Absolutely Fabulous.
But it was the success of Miranda Hart’s Joke Box on Radio 2 that propelled her to stardom. Picked up for a TV pilot, it became Miranda, described as an old school sitcom, complete with ‘You have been watching’ caption. With her role in Call the Midwife and appearances on Comic Relief, she is now one of the nation’s most popular performers.