Our Sunday evenings have been vastly improved since Call The Midwife returned to the screen. The beloved medical drama never fails to both warm our hearts and leave us sobbing on the sofa by the end credits.
The touching tales the show shares always pull at your heartstrings, however, one of the biggest themes of series eight is bound to make viewers upset.
According to The Mirror, one of the biggest storylines of the series will focus on back street abortions. Series eight is set three years before abortion was legalised in the United Kingdom, so women had to go to desperate measures to terminate pregnancies.
Half of the episodes of series eight will focus on the horror of back street abortions and the trauma women went through when it came to unwanted pregnancies.
Nurse Valerie Dyer, who is played by Jennifer Kirby, will see the brunt of the heartbreak and horror these procedures cause this series.
The nurse is heavily affected by what she discovers in these four episodes. Actress Jennifer admitted: “Valerie obviously takes it to heart because that community is where she’s from, it’s where she’s always lived so she feels it very personally that women are having to go to this level.”
Helen George, who stars as Nurse Trixie explained that the issue plays a major role this series: “The abortion issue is a thread throughout the series and it’s really wonderful but quite tough.”