Call the Midwife Series 6 (2017)

Valerie Dwyer (JENNIFER KIRBY) helping a man from a burning building

Call The Midwife series 6 Valerie Dwyer (JENNIFER KIRBY) © BBC/Neal Street Productions

Writer: Heidi Thomas

Director: James Larkin

Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Jenny Agutter, Bryony Hannah, Ben Caplan, Emerald Fennell, Charlotte Ritchie, Judy Parfitt, Harriet Walter

Production Company: Neal Street Productions, BBC

Kent Locations used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Back for a sixth series is popular BBC One drama Call the Midwife based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. The show follows a group of Midwives working in the East End of London between the late 1950’s to early 1960’s.

The news series picks up from the 2016 Christmas special, where the midwives return from their South African adventure to find Sister Ursula (Harriet Walter) will remain in charge of Nonnatus House, above Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter). Whilst dealing with the changes, they help a heavily pregnant mother whose husband has just been released from prison whilst Sister Mary Cynthia (Bryony Hannah) struggles with anxiety following an attack.

Call the Midwife is created and is written by Heidi Thomas (Ballet Shoes, I Capture the Castle) and directed by James Larkin (City Slacker, Wolf Hall).

The series is narrated by Vanessa Redgrave (Mission: Impossible, Deep Impact) and stars Helen George (The Three Musketeers, The Monster), Jenny Agutter (The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier), Bryony Hannah (Jupiter Ascending, Cemetery Junction), Ben Caplan (RocknRolla, Leap Year), Emerald Fennell (The Danish Girl, Anna Karenina), Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat, Siblings)  Judy Parfitt (Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Syndicate) and Harriet Walter (Sense and Sensibility, The Young Victoria).

The Call the Midwife once again returned to The Historic Dockyard Chatham where they filmed street scenes, the tennis courts and interior scenes at the Tarred Yarn Store and the Commissioners House.

A midwife leading a group on the Call the Midwife tours at the Historic Dockyard Chatham

Call the midwife tours at The Historic Dockyard Chatham © The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a varied location which is set over 80 acres and boasts over 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings, dry docks, industrial spaces and plentiful parking. Projects that have previously filmed here include Mr Selfridge Series 4 (2016), Muppets Most Wanted (2014) and Downton Abbey (2013) among many others.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham also runs Call the Midwife tours with new dates added for 2017. Find out more here:

Call the Midwife series 6 will start on BBC One on Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 20:00.


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