While many cast members have come and gone since the 2012 inception of “Call the Midwife,” Agutter has remained a consistent presence worth keeping your eyes and ears glued to.
“Sister Julienne in ‘Call the Midwife’ is lovely to play, partly because I was able to meet a niece of Sister Jocelyn, who was the person [author] Jennifer Worth had in mind when writing her [midwifery] memoirs,” said Agutter in an interview with Church Times. “Jocelyn’s niece gave me some excellent descriptions of her aunt. Also, my mother was looked after by a nun when she was at Westminster Hospital, and I remember her lovely cheerful personality.”
Agutter is also quite impressed by how strongly “Call the Midwife” is written. Penned by Heidi Thomas, this award-winning period drama has been unafraid to touch on both the beautiful and bewildering societal trends of yesteryear.
Thus, Agutter suggests there is something audiences can learn from the scripts Thomas is bringing to television – even if those lessons aren’t all pleasant.
“Heidi Thomas’s writing is so good, but it’s sad to see how the storylines show us all becoming more bigoted and self-absorbed as we move further from the war. The British need a crisis to be at their best. When they aren’t, they sink into inertia and a “What about me?” attitude,” offered Agutter. “I hope we’ve at least learnt enough not to become uncivilized again; for it’s possible for us to do great things and terrible things. It’s not down to government: it’s about individuals doing things, acceptance of each other, culture.”
This week on “Call the Midwife” (Wednesday, February 7 at 9pm ET/6pm PT): It’s October 1962 and the world is on tenterhooks, as tensions between the Soviet Union and America are about to boil over. As Poplar responds to the escalating Cuban Missile Crisis, Valerie Dyer is still finding her feet at Nonnatus House and oversees the care of heavily pregnant and first-time mother, Nadifa Farah.