With much sadness, I must report that it appears Chummy has taken her last bicycle ride in Poplar, at least for the upcoming series anyway. Despite an earlier announcement by Call the Midwife producers and Miranda Hart that her character, Chummy, would be returning to Nonnatus House for Call the Midwife 6, it is now being reported that Chummy will not be getting back on the bike after all for the upcoming series. So as to not completely ruin Christmas for us all, let’s hold out hope that Chummy might possibly return for series 7 in 2018.
Hart took to Twitter early Thursday morning to express her extreme sadness at not being able to return due to schedule conflicts. She went on in a later tweet (remember, you only have 140 characters per tweet) to calm long-time CTM fans by reminding them that they will adore the newest resident of Poplar, Dame Harriet Walter, who is set to play Sister Ursula. Dame Walter will join the cast after the departure of the much-loved character Sister Evangelina, played by Pam Ferris, who passed away at the end of season five.
The producers of CTM confirmed Hart’s tweet by saying, “We can confirm that Chummy will now not be returning in Series 6 of Call the Midwife. Filming has been going brillianatly over the summer, and we look forward to bringing our fans exciting and emotional new stories from Nonnatus House at Christmas, and in early 2017.” Personally, Call the Midwife remains one of the best drama programs on television anywhere. It’s also one of the most gut-wrenching, having already dealt with the likes of domestic abuse, prostitution, infant mortality, homosexuality, racism, poverty, alcohol addiction and the introduction of the thalidomide and its’ devastating effects. As evidenced in the first five series, Call the Midwife is known for its practice of never shying away from a difficult subject and series six of Call the Midwife looks to be no different…they’ll just have to do it without Chummy this time around, unfortunately.
The Call the Midwife Christmas Special is tentatively set for Christmas Day on BBC1 and PBS with series 6 to follow in early 2017.