Linda Bassett admits she’s ‘baffled’ why her Call The Midwife character is ‘so loved’

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Call The Midwife is now in its ninth series and the BBC show has never been so popular. Starring the likes of Helen George and Stephen McGann, viewers have come to know and love the characters involved, but actress Linda Bassett remains “baffled” as to why fans love her alter-ego so much.

I am a little bit baffled as to why Nurse Crane is loved

Linda Bassett

Nurse Phyllis Crane joined the series in its fourth run as the no-nonsense midwife who dons a harsh get-on-with-it attitude.

Stern as they come, actress Linda wondered why Nurse Crane has become one of the favourites on the show, after being approached by numerous fans in the street.

In a recent interview, she opened up on her flattery stemming from recognition by passers-by but can’t get her head around it.

“You can only react to that kind of thing with warmth, she smiled.

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“Even though I am a little bit baffled as to why Nurse Crane is loved!

“But it’s so kind of them.”

With Christmas just around the corner, the 1960s drama has become a festive staple in viewers’ end of year TV schedules, but it wasn’t all fun and games filming the instalment.

After coronavirus shut down production across the country, when filming resumed things looked very different.

With safety precautions being taken left, right and centre, Linda admitted she had forgotten how to conduct herself on set.

“We’d been away so long I wasn’t sure I could remember how to do it,” she giggled to Radio Times.

“Rehearsing in masks made it hard to tell what anyone was thinking.”

But the nation can breathe, as the cast managed to get the episode in the can.

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Series creator and writer Heidi Thomas, recently spoke out about the challenges the pandemic has posed on the production and their filming schedule.

With series 10 ready to hit our screens in January, the restrictions in place made things “interesting”.

“Filming with Covid restrictions in place has been interesting, and successful,” she told Hello! Magazine.

“In some ways, we had a head start, as when you have as many newborn babies on set as we do, you are never more than six inches from a bottle of sanitiser!

“The new rules have become second nature, and all has gone well.”

Linda’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times [RADIO TIMES]

She added: “I actually cried when I saw the finished result – you simply can’t tell it was filmed under such unusual conditions, and that is as it ought to be.”

Heidi also dropped a major hint for the upcoming series, explaining the all-important England 1966 World Cup victory will be explored, adding: “Everything feels full of optimism!”

Linda’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

The Call The midwife festive episode will air at 9pm tonight on BBC.

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