Call the Midwife’s Sister Monica Joan star teases heartbreaking future

Call the Midwife: Stephen McGann teases Christmas special

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Call the Midwife season 12 is set to air sometime next year and is guaranteed to pull on the hearts of every viewer watching. Sister Monica Joan (played by Judy Parfitt) has been in the background for the last couple of seasons but managed to come out and help after the tragic train crash. Judy recently opened up about what is to come for Sister Monica which could leave fans devastated.

Shortly after the 11th series came to an end, it was revealed the BBC series had been commissioned for two more series.

As the Christmas special is set to air, many fans have been wondering what is to come for the midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House.

Speaking to and other press, Judy opened up about Sister Monica’s future and explained: “Oh anything can happen to Sister Monica.

“She goes through various things, it is really difficult to explain because she has come and gone health-wise.

“I think I have said before when she is tired, or stressed, or upset or ill that she begins to lose the plot, but I do have quite a few varied things to do in this series.

“It is lovely and very fulfilling and I have a lovely episode with a dog, lovely dog. I know I am on to a winner there.”

Commenting on the scenes with the furry co-star, she added: “He was adorable, I love dogs but it is just extraordinary how that dog was taught.

“You didn’t worry that this dog was being naughty, she would say, ‘Go back to your mark paddy’ and he would go and stay there.”

When the latest series’ were renewed, writer Heidi Thomas exclaimed: “It’s an incredible privilege to be able to look back on a decade of Call the Midwife, and yet know that our journey is still very far from over.

“We are thrilled to be going on for a few more years! Like Nonnatus House itself, we have a proud past but an even more exciting future.

“Full of old favourites, fresh faces, higher hemlines, new ideas. The stories we tell are like babies they never stop coming, we love them all, and we vow to do our best by every single one.”

At the end of season 11, Nonnatus House was faced with a horrific train crash which included Nancy Corrigan (Megan Cusak), Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) and Patrick Turner (Stephen McGann).

Sister Monica Joan often fears she is old and useless and expresses a desire to help but retained her state of lucidity through the tragedy.

She helped the best she could by tending to the wounds of the injured, remembering her days nursing in similar circumstances during the war.

The Christmas special will see the return of the Mullucks family, with Rhoda Mullucks (played by actress Liz White) pregnant with her fourth child.

Their return highlights the thalidomide storyline which was explored in seasons four and six, with baby Susan Mullucks.

Their return to the Christmas special intertwines with the return of Trixie Franklin’s (Helen George) alcoholism storyline.

Trixie becomes a sponsor for Bernie Mullucks after he admits he has struggled with Susan’s diagnosis and using alcohol to cope.

Whilst helping Bernie, Trixie finally has her own happily ever after, as her boyfriend, Matthew Alyward (Olly Rix) finally proposes.

Call the Midwife series 1-11 is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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