TV preview - Call the Midwife: The Casebook

Stephen McGann, better known to Call the Midwife viewers as Dr. Patrick Turner, takes us on a powerful, personal journey as he travels the country to meet midwives, nuns and doctors who experienced the joys and dangers of childbirth in the 1950s and 1960s.

From meeting a midwife who trained with the author Jennifer Worth with the nuns in the East End of London, Stephen’s journey will introduce him to a photographer who chronicled the appalling social conditions of the time and a nun who became a midwife and subsequently left orders in order to have a child. He also revisits the home where he was born, to tell his very own Call the Midwife story.

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Shot in an observational style, using archive footage, expert interviews and moving personal stories the film tracks the birth of the NHS, highlights the beginnings of a modern multicultural Britain, the impact of contraception on the sexual revolution and how scientific medical advances changed the way we live.

The film also features an in-depth interview with series creator and writer Heidi Thomas on how she finds and adapts genuine human stories.

Call the Midwife: The Casebook, BBC1, Sunday, 5.05pm