He adds: âœI love being able to spend quality time with my son, 14 (from a past relationship) and I’ll see my girlfriend – I don’t want to say much about her as I don’t want to jinx it – and my family. I’m close to my sister – she lives in Windsor and it’s likely I’ll spend Christmas Day there.
âœI got through the bad times with help from my family. I also went to church and I got back on the stand-up circuit – doing my routine was like therapy. Telling jokes was my equivalent of lying on a couch and speaking to a therapist.â Even when Richard
CALL THE MIDWIFE’S LAURA:
CI still can’t believe I’m on TV on Christmas Day’
his year’s Call The Midwife festive special has a lovely Christmassy feel, with scenes including a carol service set against a backdrop of a tree dripping in sparkly lights and tinsel. In the opening scenes, the Nonnatus House nuns also have a chuckle dousing the Christmas pud in a sneaky tipple.
Look closely, however, and you may spot a bead of sweat on some of the characters’ faces – the episode starts filming in May, with the sun blazing down outside.
âœFilming the Christmas scenes so early in the year does take off the pressure of holiday season stress,â jokes Laura Main
– who plays former nun Shelagh Turner.
âœWe had the fake snow and a Christmas tree in the church. It was exciting – I think the first year I don’t have a seasonal special to do in the summer, I’ll feel cheated!â
The episode – going out at 730pm on Christmas Day when we’re full of turkey – sees Sister Monica Joan going missing, heading into the bleak midwinter by herself, and the BBC recording a local carol concert nearby.
âœAs usual, there are many stories woven in,â says Laura, 34. âœIt’s full of the joys of Christmas, but there are emotional scenes, too. My character is roped into organising the carol service because of Shelagh’s experience with choirs.â
So, will Laura herself be winding down -mince pie in hand, in front of a roaring fire
– to watch the seasonal special? âœI still can’t believe I’m on TV on Christmas Day,â she smiles. âœAnd that two Christmases ago my character got married. I’ll watch it with my mum and dad and, if I’m not cringing at the end, I’ll go: ‘Aah, I think that went OK!’â
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