Call the Midwife to focus on thalidomide

Unusually for a Sunday night period drama, Call the Midwife doesn't shy away from serious issues – and episode one of the next series will depict the birth of a thalidomide baby.

"Since the series became established, people were saying to us, when are you going to do thalidomide?" writer Heidi Thomas told an audience at Radio Times Festival on Saturday. "It was something we wanted to do with the utmost sense of emotional and historic responsibility."
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