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‘Most unsexy thing’ Helen George on filming ‘horrific’ Call The Midwife scene

Call the Midwife: Helen George recalls early days on the show

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Call the Midwife actress Helen George, who plays the glamorous Trixie Franklin in the popular period drama, will be returning to screens to feature in the show’s Christmas special. Ahead of the feature-length episode landing, the 37-year-old star detailed filming a certain scene which she described as “the most unsexy thing”. 

Helen has portrayed Trixie on the BBC drama for more than a decade and has become a firm favourite with viewers. 

The actress will be returning to Nonnutus House this Christmas as nurse Trixie alongside Leonie Elliot’s Lucille Anderson for “their busiest Christmas Day ever”. 

The festive special marks the first episode of series 11 which was filmed back to back with series 10 under strict COVID-19 regulations. 

Ahead of the Christmas special airing on BBC One, Helen revealed how restrictions made filming certain scenes “horrific”. 

Speaking to Express.co.uk and other publications, Helen said the actors “became masters at kissing through perspex”. 

While filming, the cast had to adhere to strict coronavirus rules and stage kissing was off-limits at the time. 

Describing puckering up to a plastic screen, Helen quipped: “It was the most unsexy thing you can ever do. 

“And a man comes along with a little bit of spray and a window wiper and wipes down your spit after every take and it’s horrific.”

The star added: “It takes a while [to learn] and it was so mechanical. Do we turn our heads to the left? It was so embarrassing and just awful.”

Helen also detailed how the cast and crew navigated her pregnancy while filming series 11 scenes.

She explained props, costumes, clipboards and clever camera angles disguised her pregnancy during filming. 

Helen said: “I think it’s important and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be done. We are not invalids, we’re just pregnant.” 

She thanks the costume department for making Trixie’s 1960s wardrobe “very fun”.

“It’s been continuing on the Jackie O theme with some lovely twin sets,” Helen added.

“But I am pregnant this year, so we are trying to use some clever trickery in the costumes to try and hide the bump slightly because it’s not really appropriate that Trixie should be pregnant in this series.

“So poor Claire the costume designer has been working hard to try and get some wonderfully fashionable suits that hide the ever-growing bump.” 

The festive special is centred around Lucille Anderson (played by Leonie Elliot) and Cyril Robinson’s (Zephryn Taitte) winter wedding in Poplar. 

However, the countdown to the big day is not smooth sailing as there are many mishaps along the way. 

When asked if fans of the show will be surprised by the storylines in the upcoming season Helen said: “I think people always expect the light and shade in Call the Midwife, particularly when there’s an anticipation that you are going to be crying over your sherry and then rejoicing at the end of it. 

“It’s pretty traumatic I guess, but that is the nature of childbirth.”

Call the Midwife airs on Christmas Day at 8pm on BBC One. 

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