“Nonnatus Residence: City demolition,” mentioned the letter from Bigger London Council in shiny pink cash letters, followed by some ominous words: “This is a discover to advise you that Nonnatus Residence is at the moment included in the specified demolition space for Poplar.”
Following the letter arrived at the begin of sequence 9, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) kept this news a secret from anyone other than Sister Hilda (Fenella Woolgar), warning her to “tell no one”. But now she has lastly admitted the truth to her group: Nonnatus is on program to be pulled down in the up coming two several years.
So is this definitely the close of Nonnatus Residence?
“Well, no spoilers but it is incredibly significantly a part of the journey that Nonnatus Dwelling is heading on,” Heidi Thomas told RadioTimes.com at the Radio Periods Addresses Party.
“And it demonstrates what was likely on in the East Stop at that time, and in fact what happened to the initial order of nuns who were centered there and whose perform inspired our collection.
“I imagine it would not truly feel very realistic if they weren’t underneath some type of menace. Their premises are rented, we know they’ve by now had to move after prior to since of an unexploded bomb that then exploded.
“And now almost everything is being torn down around them. We see that on display, and it would be really strange if it didn’t influence on them, bodily and emotionally.”
The nuns and midwives were formerly pressured to move at the start off of sequence 3, when the initial Nonnatus Home was earmarked for demolition – a method sped up by the discovery (and controlled detonation) of a Planet War Two bomb. But they’ve been in their current HQ at any time considering the fact that.
Contact the Midwife is at the moment based mostly at Longcross Film Studios in Surrey, where the generation staff have designed a large established including the exterior of Nonnatus House, the sq., retailers, bridge, and Hendy Road allotments. Different Nonnatus interiors are also filmed on set in this article.
So does the on-display screen menace to Nonnatus indicate that Call the Midwife is shifting to a new set?
“Trick issue, so I just can’t say,” Thomas advised us. “Because we do have, we’re about to start out filming series ten and then there is sequence 11. So who appreciates what will occur ahead of the end!”
As for the prospect of Nonnatus remaining demolished, “I believe all of the midwives are emotion unsettled by it,” Nurse Trixie actress Helen George explained.
“It’s their perception of group, it is their office, but it’s their family members as perfectly. And a ton of these women have observed on their own there with – and they are there for a motive as properly, you know, they’ve long gone to discover a new family members outdoors of their own organic relatives. There is a rationale for that, most likely. So it’s emotionally a substantial matter to experience that that perception of local community amongst by themselves is heading to possibly crumble.
“Should supporters be fearful? I suggest you do not know! Let us just wait around and see. It might be rigorous next calendar year!”
Thankfully for fans, whatever the result for Nonnatus Residence, Contact the Midwife itself is currently commissioned for a further two series. Convey on collection 10 and 11…
Connect with the Midwife proceeds on Sundays on BBC A person at 8pm