Call the Midwife returns and Trixie's baby bump

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of March 19, 2018

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George at the 2015 Glamour
Women of the Year Awards

Less than a week to go until we welcome back Call the Midwife, which returns Sunday, March 25 with two back-to-back episodes, starting at 8pm.

The series, which is in its seventh year, will pick up where we left it in the Christmas Day Special with the residents of Nonnatus House continuing to deal with Britain's Big Freeze of 1963. The midwives will also be welcoming a brand new nurse to their ranks, Lucille Anderson, played by Leonie Elliot.

Not long after filming of the new series ended, Helen George, one of the original Call the Midwife cast members, welcomed a newcomer of her own into her life: a little baby girl, Wren, who was born last September. Her father is Jack Ashton, who plays Reverend Tom in the series.

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Nurses Lucille Anderson and Valerie Dyer,
played by Leonie Anderson and Jennifer Kirby

Wren was born six weeks before her due date, owing to George suffering from a liver condition. According to George at the time, “The side effects are mainly a strong sense of itching." As a result, George confessed to scratching herself so much that she had bruises all over her body.

Despite being pregnant, George managed to carry out her on-screen midwifery duties until half-way through the new season. By then it was probably getting harder and harder to disguise her baby bump. As you watch the first episode, you'll notice that George's character Trixie is dressed a little less fashionably than what we're accustomed to seeing. It’s a good job that swagger coats were in style in the early '60s!

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Creative "bump hiding"

Swingy coats were just one of the ways the costume department found to cover up George’s pregnancy. She can also be seen in shapeless shawls and at one point a bulky fur coat. Trixie also tends to wear her nurse's cape a bit more than usual.

Other creative ways George’s baby bump – which got increasingly "bumpier" as filming went on – was disguised, was to film her sitting down, or, when standing, to place the actress behind a large desk lamp. A simple clipboard also came in very handy, and you’ll see Trixie carrying hers around quite a bit.

If you spot any more ingenious ways in which the series tried to cover up George’s pregnancy, feel free to drop me a line.

To contact Heather:
E-mail: heather@mpt.org
Address: Afternoon Tea
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