Miriam Margolyes, OBE is an English-Australian actress and voice artist. Her earliest roles were in theatre and after several supporting roles in film and television she won a BAFTA Award for her role in The Age of Innocence and went on to take the role of Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series.
But such close physical proximity doesn't appear to faze them All - they Call themselves a "family", and McGann graciously offered the comfiest seat to the indomitable Margolyes, joking: "I'll perch here and be your Christmas elf!"Helen George and Laura Main [L-R] play nurses Trixie Franklin and Shelagh Turner
"But our problem now is we don't see The Evil enough. "
Citing of the "filthy disease" diphtheria in Scotland, he adds: "There couldn't be anything more relevant than this period [when the series is set] when we established an industrialised means of protecting ourselves against some absolutely horrible things. "
Linda Bassett , who plays nurse Phyllis Crane in The Show , agrees. "It's quite strong on vaccination this Year because people are stopping doing it, and we're getting outbreaks of measles, which Young People don't take seriously, because they didn't go through the time when it killed lots of people. "
It's an issue which is regularly in the news.
Falling children's vaccination rates has refuelled debate over whether or not jabs should be compulsory before youngsters are allowed into schools in England, earlier this Year .
unvaccinated pupils were "putting other children At Risk ", adding that he was "looking very seriously" at making vaccinations mandatory.Judy Parfitt plays Sister Monica Joan, who pursues her own storyline in the Christmas episode
But vaccination is just one of several issues tackled by The Show , which has won plaudits for highlighting, and
These issues are juxtaposed alongside moments of great warmth, as the midwives and nuns sprinkle their goodness among The Residents of Poplar, East London . Its episodes regularly leave viewers feeling teary and emotional.Helen George , Jennifer Kirby , Leonie Elliott , Cliff Parisi , Laura Main , Stephen Mcgann , Linda Bassett were among the cast members filming in the Scottish isles
"Just a quick resume of the latest storylines may offer you a hint as to why: a backstreet abortion gone wrong, resulting in an emergency hysterectomy, without patient consent; a newborn baby that almost dies from 'foetal distress'; a generous slice of senile dementia, And One really bad case of piles (or 'pals' as super-posh nurse Trixie Franklin calls this uncomfortable but in fact easily pronounceable condition). "Jennifer Kirby , Helen George and Leonie Elliott have plenty of experience working with newborn babies Jenny Agutter [Sister Julienne] praises Heidi Thomas 's Scripts
initially found it "a little corny and overly idealised" but was totally won over by "an emotional depth and daring", while it was "a triumph: a series created by, starring and largely about women which has quietly become the BBC's biggest drama".
Harry Potter star and Bafta winner Margolyes, who plays Mother Mildred, says: "There is much love for The Show , All the classes, All types of people. I think it's an international hit because it's human, the humanity of it reaches everybody. "
Several cast members mention the response they've had from medics about their depictions of Childbirth , for which they have the.
Judy Parfitt , [Sister Monica Joan] has been told by doctors the research behind The Show is "fantastic", while Jenny Agutter [sister Julienne] adds: "I think that's what Heidi does so Well - weaving imagination with reality in her Scripts . "The midwives and nuns encountered plenty of rural challenges in Scotland
Parfitt adds: "People love it. I mean with a passion. And it's because it's a gentler way of life. It shows people up in a good light. It's All the things that we desperately All want, and they're not getting at All at the moment. "
Although Margolyes teases McGann about "sleeping with the writer", he is full of praise for The Show as a whole.
"After nine series, maybe it tells us something about what we hope, what we dream, what we want to be," he says.
"Maybe it's more real than people think it is. It's historical, but it's addressing what people really want - it's about their better instincts, the better ranges of their nature. And I think that's what people respond to. "McGann is hugely proud of his wife Heidi Thomas 's show
Thomas says for this series she drew upon "a time that is almost too painful to remember" when her mother died in hospital Last Winter .
"The healthcare system we found ourselves in was underfunded, labyrinthine and creaking at the seams… but at every turn we met with highly skilled, profoundly committed, deeply generous nurses, paramedics and support staff, and they made All the Difference . "
The Christmas episode has a recurring theme of uniting people, with a particularly touching storyline shared by Daniel Laurie [Reggie] and Georgie Glen [Miss Higgins], which they describe "a real scene of togetherness".
"Well , thankfully the older doctors are much more handsome, they picked some very plain young actors," jokes McGann, but Leonie Elliott [Nurse Lucille Anderson] says nurse Crane and Lucille are "not keen to have doctors Taking Over our bedroom".
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