Call The Midwife stars gather to film funeral scenes after death of much loved character

Dressed solemnly in black, several of the cast mates gathered at the graveside at St. Anne’s Church in Limehouse, London to say a final goodbye.

At the end of the last series, viewers were left in tears as long-time character Sister Evangelina (Pam Ferris) passed away.

However, it is not yet clear whether these funeral scenes were for the character.

Luckily for fans, favourite Trixie Franklin, played by former Strictly Come Dancing star Helen George, has not passed away.

Fans of nurse Trixie Franklin will be pleased that she wasn’t the one getting buried [Sunday People]

The popular nurse was seen at the graveyard alongside former fiance Tom Hereford (Jack Ashton).

Also present was Cliff Parisi, who plays loveable handyman Fred.

One person who definitely was not present is Camilla ‘Chummy’ Noakes played by Miranda Hart.

The actress and comedian announced earlier this year that she had quite her role in the BBC drama.

Addressing her fans on Twitter, she wrote: “News: it’s with a heavy heart that having shared Chummy’s return to CTM, I’ve not been able to birth (pun) the schedule to make it work. xx”

With the character set to bow out of the series, could it be Chummy that the residents of Nonnatus House are saying goodbye to?

The cast gather for a funeral, but who’s funeral is it? [Sunday People]

But while one character leaves the show, another will be making their grand entrance in series six.

While announcing her departure from the show, Miranda also revealed that a new cast member is joining Call The Midwife.

She tweeted: “Truly sad not to be playing Chummy this year but fans are in for a treat with Dame Harriet Walter as a new cast member and more besides.”

Dame Harriet is a much loved English actress and has extensive experience with period drama having had film roles in Atonement, Sense and Sensibility and The Young Victoria. 

Nurse Gilbert, played by Charlotte Ritchie, was part of the funeral [Sunday People]

The 65 year old is due to play newcomer Sister Ursula when the show returns next year.

The new series is set to return for a Christmas special in December, which will see the nuns in South Africa helping out in a mission hospital. 

This will be followed by the full series, set in 1962, which returns for eight episodes in January and February. 

Show executive producer and creator Heidi Thomas said of the new series: “As they strive to help mothers and families cope with the demands of childbearing, disability, disease and social prejudice, our beloved medics must make choices – and fight battles – of their own.

Miranda Hart left her role as Chummy, but is it her funeral? [BBC]

Sister Evangelina passed away at the end of the last series [BBC]

“Series six will see them laugh together, cry together, and pull together, supporting each other as never before.

“We‘ll see them grappling with all the contradictions and opportunities of the early Sixties – the beacon of the pill, the shadow of the Kray twins, the lure of independence and the call to duty. And time and time again, in a age of change and danger, we will be reminded of the simple power of love.”

 

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