Stephen McGann addresses wife Heidi Thomas’ lack of credit for Call The Midwife

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Stephen McGann, 58, admitted he doesn’t believe his wife and TV writer Heidi Thomas, 58, gets the credit she deserves for being the brains behind BBC’s hugely successful series, Call The Midwife. Noting the show is one of the most clever on TV today, he shared his disappointment that she’d never been recognised for a major screenwriting prize despite the program being commissioned until at least series 13.

Call the Midwife is one of the cleverest things a TV writer has done in the last 20 years

Stephen McGann

In a new interview, the actor who also stars as Dr Turner in the show, sang Heidi’s praises and hailed her talent for creating such a popular Sunday night phenomenon.

“Since it started, she’s never been shortlisted for a major television screenwriting prize,” he explained.

“But Call The Midwife is one of the cleverest things a TV writer has done in the last 20 years.”

He continued to gush over her ability to appeal to all ages: “Heidi has got grandma sitting down with her grandchildren to watch a drama about abortion and the illegality of homosexuality. And how? Because she doesn’t bludgeon them over the head.

“It’s a fist in a velvet glove. Yes, its’s nuns, cakes and bikes. But it’s also female genital mutilation and chemical castration at 8pm on a Sunday.”

Stephen quipped, adding: “I do think that sometimes you’re just too popular for your own good.”

He also revealed that it was never meant to be as big as it was, created as a “one-off” series back in 2012.

But here we are nine years later and it’s still going strong, with fans having eagerly awaited series 10, which is currently airing on BBC.

“When we were told it was going out at 8pm on Sundays, we thought, ‘Oh no!'” he chuckled, thinking back.

“It’s an unusual time slot for drama and it felt like we were being thrown out.

“But now I hear others asking for their show to go out in the Call The Midwife time slot!”

Despite some uncertainty surrounding the future of the medical drama, the BBC announced last week that they would be commissioning it for a further two series, much to the delight of viewers across the nation.

But Stephen shared this concerns about content as they won’t be able to cover much more infectious diseases, as the show moves into vaccination territory.

After being asked about his comments where he said that the series could “run out of storylines”,” the actor provided an explanation for his words.

“The point I was trying to make was that the series is now in the era of vaccines,” he told Radio Times.

“It’s a watershed moment in health.

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

“So, you won’t be seeing big infectious diseases like diphtheria, polio or smallpox, but there are still loads of stories to tell.”

Stephen’s full interviews is available to read now in Radio Times.

Call The Midwife contonues tonight at 8pm on BBC.

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