Call the Midwife star explains why Turner’s marriage resonates with fans


For more than a decade, Call the Midwife has been one of the most popular series on British television – and star Stephen McGann has explained one of the reasons he thinks the series has such enduring appeal.

Speaking at a panel celebrating the show as part of the BFI and Radio Times Television FestivalMcGann pointed to the portrayal of her character Patrick Turner’s marriage as a key factor in the show’s success.

“One of the simplest things about the relationship with the Turners — and one of the most enduring things — is actually that they’re a working marriage,” he explained.

“A lot of times in drama – and this is a TV festival – drama is based on tension. And everyone says, you know, ‘Drama is conflict’, well that’s kind of a truism , but often it’s a negative conflict – marriages break up, people betray, people do that.”

He added: “But in fact, an experience through the Turners is that many, many marriages are full of basically decent people, to whom things happen – bad things, good things, normal life.

“And one of the secrets of the Turners is actually, why not have a marriage that works long term on TV? And then you can feel their pains and their joys, but they actually don’t break up.

“Because not all drama is about the negative projection of conflict into history. Sometimes it’s about people being nice to each other, because over there people are also nice to each other. others.”

McGann’s comments were met with enthusiastic applause from the audience before series creator Heidi Thomas added, “We did a whole episode of you two going to see The Sound of Music!”

Call the Midwife will return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Seasons 1-11 are now available on BBC iPlayer. Looking for something else to watch? Check out the rest of our drama coverage or take a look at our TV guide.

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