Charlotte Richie and Linda Bassett have joined the cast of BBC One’s period drama Call The Midwife as series regulars, TVWise has learned.
Richie, who most recently starred in the BBC Three comedy Siblings, will play Nurse Barbara Gilbert; while Bassett, whose previous credits include Lark Rise To Candleford and Spies of Warsaw, has been cast as Nurse Phyllis in the drama, which will return for a Christmas Special in 2014 and its 8 episode fourth season in 2015. Vanessa Redgrave, who has voiced the mature Jennifer Worth since season one, will make her first on-screen appearance during the Christmas Special, which recently entered production.
The fourth season of Call The Midwife, which will proceed without Jessica Raine, who played Jenny Lee for the first three seasons, sees the community of nuns and nurses in 1960 on the cusp of much change in London’s East End. A new decade dawns, and with it come different and exciting challenges for the team at Nonnatus House. Can the nuns and midwives hold onto their traditional values in a rapidly changing world?
“We’re all delighted to be welcoming Vanessa Redgrave on screen, having hugely enjoyed her narration of the series to date”, said Executive Producer Pippa Harris. “It’s also terrific that Heidi Thomas has created two wonderful new characters for the series, and that we’re fortunate enough to have Linda Bassett and Charlotte Ritchie joining our regular and much-loved team at Nonnatus House”.
While Christopher Aird, the BBC’s Head of Drama, Scotland, added: “We look forward to welcoming Call The Midwife back to BBC One this Christmas and in 2015. Heidi and the talented team will bring some truly wonderful stories to life with our new cast members and a special Christmas treat with Vanessa appearing on our screens.”