Cliff Parisi wants Call The Midwife to run until 2030

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 December 2020
Cliff Parisi

Cliff Parisi

Cliff Parisi wants 'Call the Midwife' to be on television screens for 20 years as more fans tune in to watch the period drama

Cliff Parisi is hoping 'Call the Midwife' will be on screens until 2030.

The 60-year-old actor – who plays Fred Buckle on the BBC One drama – wants the show to carry on filming for another decade as more fans tune in to watch it every year.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: "I just hope this is just halfway. I'm hoping we're going to do 20 years! People's enthusiasm for the show is always growing. I am amazed, like everybody, that we've done 10 years but here we are. In my opinion, the show gets better every year."

'Call the Midwife' will return for its annual Christmas special after a number of the cast and crew felt it was their "responsibility" to give viewers some normality following the coronavirus pandemic.

Stephen McGann- who plays Doctor Patrick Turner on the show – said: "We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people who have contacted us just at their relief that something was still going to be the same.

“And I think as actors we underestimated that and it was humbling. We’ve been reminded that, to other people, we’re a part of that pattern of Christmas and the festival.

“It’s a responsibility and one we’re proud to shoulder, and the atmosphere on set, the morale is very good. "We’re working under restrictions as we all are but things are good and we’ve got a good attitude towards it and we remember what it’s all for in the end.”

He was joined by creator Heidi Thomas, who admitted the festive special is "for the audience".

She added: "Yeah, it’s all for the audience and our fans and as Steve said something that’s the same at Christmas! "It ruins our Christmas every year because we get so nervous but it’s a sacrifice we’re willing to make!”

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