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Pam Ferris takes midwife co-stars under her wing

Pam Ferris takes midwife co-stars under her wing
Pam Ferris takes midwife co-stars under her wing (Image credit: BBC/Neal Street Productions)

Call The Midwife actress Helen George has revealed she got a vital lesson from co-star Pam Ferris while filming. The actress plays young midwife Trixie in the new series about midwives in 1950s London, while Darling Buds Of May star Pam plays Sister Evangelina. Helen revealed she was nervous about meeting Pam and other co-stars Jenny Agutter and Judy Parfitt, but that they soon put her at ease. She said: "Pam was very good at explaining who does what behind the camera, because when you're launched on to a set you're never really sure what that guy in the corner's doing. "So she was very kind with me and talked me though it all... It was a necessary lesson that I'm pleased I had from Pam Ferris." Helen added that she and her other young co-stars enjoyed listening to the all the old pros' stories. She said: "It was a little scary, but then we had all these scenes where we sit around the dining table and eat cake and pilchards and we used to listen to all their stories of all the fantastic actors they've worked with and their time in Hollywood and we were just sitting there going, 'This is amazing!'"

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.