Call the Midwife star Stephen McGann has teased what fans can expect from the upcoming Christmas special, revealing the bigger part his on-screen son is going to play in the narrative.
In January next year, BBC period drama Call the Midwife is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
Ahead of the milestone, Stephen, who plays Dr Patrick Turner, has written a behind-the-scenes book aptly titled Call the Midwife: A Labour of Love, which includes heartfelt anecdotes from members of the cast and crew.
While discussing the book on Friday’s edition of This Morning, Stephen told Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary how wonderful it has been to act opposite Max Macmillan as his on-screen son Timothy Turner, who first joined the show eight years ago in series three.
Stephen explained that ‘one of the loveliest things’ about being on the series has been seeing Max grow up over the years.
‘I’ve watched Timothy, Max Macmillan who plays my son Timothy, he started at 11 years old, the first Christmas special. He’s just got a degree, Max,’ the actor said.
‘And the lovely thing is because we’ve got so much history, watched my kids growing up, he’s just in this Christmas special – without telling you too much – he has his own nice little plotline, because he’s a fully grown adult now. It’s like having a fake family.’
As Alison and Dermot expressed their excitement over exploring Max’s character Timothy in adulthood, Stephen explained how his co-star has a ‘funny relationship’ with his real-life son, Dominic.
When pressed for further details on the Christmas special, he remained tightlipped, but did share a huge hint.
‘It’s a biggie. It’s a biggie. There’s lots to do,’ he responded. What a tease!
Earlier this year, it was reported that Netflix was keen to snap up Call the Midwife from the BBC.
However, a spokesperson for the series denied any move of the sort, assuring fans that it would remain with the British broadcaster.
‘This is categorically untrue and Call the Midwife will remain a BBC commissioned series,’ they told Metro.co.uk in response to the report.
‘It enjoys great success on PBS, Netflix and other networks around the world but it continues to be much loved by huge audiences on BBC One and that is where it will stay.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.