Heidi Thomas’ Call the Midwife has been entertaining its audiences since 2012. The show is based on the best-selling memoirs of the British nurse, Jennifer Worth, who worked with the Community of St. John The Divine as a midwife. The seventh season of BBC One's hit drama series concluded with an emotional cliffhanger on March 11 and fans were worried about show’s renewal for the eighth season.
However, they were given a sliver of optimism after an announcement on the show’s official Twitter page. The tweet read, "It's happening!!! Series 8 of #callthemidwife has just started filming!! @BBCOne." On this occasion, today we bring you some behind the scene secrets from the show.
#5. Midwives’ Hairdos
The show is set in 1950s and 1960s, so hairdos and dressings should resemble the trends of the time. Each day it takes about two hours to do each of midwife’s hairs with backcombing and lacquer. Though some of the midwives’ hair may look fake, it’s all their own.
Most of the female guest stars appear on the set with different kinds of highlights and dyes in their hair. The make-up team takes them to salons for a wash and pay to put the highlights back in again after the shoot is over.
#4. Jennifer Worth’s Memoirs Weren’t Enough
As stated earlier, Call the Midwife is based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, who worked as a midwife in the 1950s. However, her three memoirs: Call the Midwife (2002), Shadow of the Workhouse (2005) and Farewell to The East End (2009) only provided one-and-a-half seasons worth of content.
After season one, most of the stories have been acquired through oral testimony. Heidi Thomas hired an analyst to account and interview people who worked as midwives in the 1950s. All the stories after the first season, have been developed by this process.
#3. Royal Fans
Among its 9 million viewers, the show has been able to attract some Royal audiences as well. It is said that Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Cornwall are also fans of the show. A DVD of the special festive episode is sent to the Sandringham House every Christmas. In addition to that, famous celebrities like Lena Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg, and Paul McCartney have been regular viewers, whose mothers were also midwives.
#2. Filming of the Show and the Weather
The show's filming usually starts in the month of April and ends in July. So, when the temperatures escalate, actress Helen George hires an ice cream van to serve everyone with some cool refreshments.
#1. False Spoilers
Producers of Call the Midwife are known for giving out false spoilers and notices. They generally release false date and call sheets so that fans won’t turn up to their outdoor shoots.
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