While it’s fairly often to see networks and producers deny tabloid stories, Call the Midwife today is taking it to another level.
Following a story in The Sun this week claiming that Miranda Hart, who previously played Chummy on the first four seasons of the show, was “banned” from the set over some production-related issues, the BBC series and its producers put out one of the strongest denials possible. In a statement today, the BBC referred to the claims as “nonsense,” saying that they would love to have Miranda back at any opportunity that they could. Meanwhile, show executive producer Dame Pippa Harris and creator Heidi Thomas also issued the following statement on the subject:
“The creative team at Call the Midwife remain extremely close to Miranda, and hugely value the contribution Chummy made to the first four series of the show. Sadly, the timing wasn’t right for her to return in 2016, but the door is always open. We would welcome her with open arms should she ever be free and want to come back to Nonnatus House.”
We can’t say we’re surprised that Call the Midwife today went to great lengths in order to blast some of these reports, largely due to the love that they have for Hart, but also the recognition that this is a series really about family. While many of the midwives and nuns at Nonnatus House are not related by blood, you feel almost like they are all sisters in their own way. It’s a culture built on love, and that’s one of the reasons it remains such a perfect family show. You want to sit back and watch it thinking that the characters all love and adore each other to the same extent that you see it play out on the series. It’s one of the main reasons we love this show since CarterMatt is a family run site and is a huge part of who we are at our core.
We’ll have to wait and see if there is ever a chance to bring Hart back; we certainly do think that she is welcome. The eighth season of the series is going to be airing in the new year, and there is at least one more season coming after that on BBC One in Britain and then PBS in America.
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