Nurse Lucille Anderson – Call the Midwife – Series 7 – BBC First

In the very first episode, we have a new midwife, Lucille who comes to us from the West Indies That again, is part of the warp and weft of history You know, it was at this time that many nurses came over from the Caribbean We had a shortage in the health service They were needed here and they came and did an amazing job for the NHS “Well, fortunately a new class just qualified” “from a teaching hospital in Somerset” “Nurse Anderson excelled there” It’s been an interesting journey for me I feel like I get to know my parents and my grandparents history and some of the stuff that they had to go through But it’s just nice that we’ve come a long way since then I think it’s been an eye-opener for Lucille She’s made some great friends Valerie and Nurse Crane and been toughened up by some of the experiences that she’s faced “I can’t see the neck or the hairline, Lucille” “Extended head?” Lucille is on it. She’s read the textbook, she’s been there She knows exactly what to do in each situation Although she’s a young new midwife Trixie’s pretty impressed with her knowledge And it’s just nice to have some young life into Nonnatus House to have a new character and a new accent as well It’s so exciting to have someone completely different from the rest of us there “How many breech births have you seen?” “Three” “Two complete breech during hospital training” “One frank on the district” “Everything else is in my head” “fresh as paint from my final exams” I fell in love with Leonie Elliott as soon as I saw her first audition tape She’s just so like the Lucille I’d imagined She’s funny, she’s elegant, she’s bright, she’s unassuming and yet very forthright “You alright, Lucille?” “I’m in fine fettle” “I’ve just never ridden on this kind of road before” “It’s called cobblestones. You’ll have to get used to them” We’ve been able to portray a lot of the ethnic changes that have happened within the district It’s entirely appropriate that we have midwives of colour coming in and showing that midwifery was not an entirely white profession To be able to include that in the show in an effortless way It simply is part of what was going on and the reality for the UK at that time That for me is terrific “Midwife calling!” “The more work you do, the better it is for baby” “Motherhood starts here” “with a vengeance”

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