Call the Midwife and more new programs

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of March 26, 2019

In case you haven’t heard, Last of the Summer Wine will be returning to Afternoon Tea on April 29th at its usual time of 1:30pm! Then we’ll stay in Yorkshire at 2pm for Open All Hours, starring Ronnie Baker as the miserly shopkeeper Albert Arkwright. Before those show return though, there are some terrific programs coming up that you won’t want to miss.

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Helen George as Nurse Trixie in
Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife returns on Sunday, March 31st at 8pm with a brand new series. This is the eighth season of the show, which has proved so popular that the BBC have already announced there’ll be a season 9, 10 AND 11! In fact, filming has already started on series 9 and the new Christmas Special.

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Ella Bruccoleri, who plays Sister Frances,
with the traditional first scene clapperboard

The timeframe for the new series is the spring of 1964. At that time, Queen Elizabeth II was expecting her fourth and last child and the country was speculating as to whether she’d be having a boy or a girl. In Sunday’s first episode, Violet takes advantage of the anticipation to hold a fundraiser to see who can guess the baby’s sex.

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The Call the Midwife Christmas Special

The first episode also features some of the nuns we met in the Christmas Special. Namely, Sister Mildred, played by Miriam Margolyes, and Sister Hilda and Sister Frances. Sister Mildred will be a recurring character throughout series 8, but Sister Frances and Sister Hilda will be moving into Nonnatus House permanently. Another new addition to the cast is Miss Higgins, Dr. Turner’s new receptionist. Nurse Trixie, played by Helen George, also returns permanently to the series.

Call the Midwife will be followed at 9pm by the first of a three-part Masterpiece series simply called Mrs. Wilson, starring Ruth Wilson in the title role. The actress also executive produced the series, which is about her real-life grandmother who, following the sudden death of her husband of 22 years, discovers he has been leading a secret life.

On Sunday, April 14 a brand new six-part adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables starts on Masterpiece. It stars Academy Award winner Olivia Colman as Madame Thénardier.

So lots to look forward to this spring! We hope you join us.

To contact Heather:
E-mail: heather@mpt.org
Address: Afternoon Tea
Maryland Public Television
11767 Owings Mills Blvd.
Owings Mills, MD 21117

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