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Call the Midwife: Season Six of the PBS Drama Had to Be Rewritten Quickly

26 January 2017 5:42 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The new season of Call the Midwife doesn't debut in the U.S. until April. However, creator Heidi Thomas recently told Radio Times she only had a few months to rewrite season six of UK drama.The historical drama, which airs on PBS in the U.S., follows a group of nuns and midwives working in the destitute East End neighborhood of London. The cast includes Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Bryony Hannah, Laura Main, and Stephen McGann.Read More… »


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Deddie Davies obituary

2 January 2017 7:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who appeared in several popular TV dramas and sitcoms and memorably played Mrs Perks in the 1970 film The Railway Children

Deddie Davies, who has died of ovarian cancer aged 78, will be remembered as Nell, wife of the station porter Mr Perks, in The Railway Children, the director Lionel Jeffries’s lovingly made 1970 film adaptation of Edith Nesbit’s Edwardian novel.

The character brings the three children – played by Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett and Gary Warren – into Perks’s home life, away from the railway station where they have their adventures. “It’s a birthday such as Perks never had, not even when he were a boy,” she tells them on seeing the gifts they have collected from villagers. When Perks (Bernard Cribbins) insists he will not accept charity, Mrs Perks looks on fretfully as they persuade him that the presents were donated with kindness and respect.

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