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How an RCM article inspired Call the Midwife

5 January, 2017

How an RCM article inspired Call the Midwife

The story of how an article in the RCM's magazine inspired Call the Midwife author to write her memoirs is included a new BBC1 programme that will air on 15 January.

Call the Midwife: The Casebook sees actor Stephen McGann – who plays Dr Patrick Turner in the BBC drama Call the Midwife – travel the country to meet midwives, nuns, mothers and their children who experienced childbirth in the 1950s and 60s.

The programme explores the real life dramatic social and medical changes affecting childbirth and home life of the period.

He speaks to the midwifery advisor to Call the Midwife series, Terri Coates, who explains how she wrote an article for the RCM in which she outlined her frustration that the story of midwives had not been told. This article inspired Jennifer Worth to write her best-selling books, which were then turned into the successful drama. 

Shot in an observational style, using archive footage, expert interviews and moving personal stories, the film tracks the early days of the NHS, the impact of contraception on the sexual revolution and how scientific medical advances changed the way we live.

With clips from all five seasons of Call the Midwife – as well as behind-the-scenes footage and clips from the new series – the film also features an in-depth interview with series creator and writer Heidi Thomas on how she finds and adapts the genuine human stories that underpin every episode.

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