Hit drama Call the Midwife returns to BBC1 for a second series on Sunday, January 20 at 8pm, and ahead of it, Jessica Raine has been talking about the drama and what lies ahead for her character Jenny Lee.
Speaking to TV&Satellite Week magazine, Jessica began by explaining that series two will see a more confident Jenny.
She said, “She has grown in confidence and has found her feet more in Nonnatus House.
“She is more comfortable about delivering babies now as well, but she still comes up against some really shocking social problems in the community which make her feel quite frustrated at how much she can help and she gets angrier at the unfairness…”
As to what’s in store for her character in the new series, Jessica said, “There are big challenges ahead.
“She gets seconded to a hospital because they are short of staff, but the hierarchy there is terrifying and quite military compared to the cosiness of Nonnatus House so she gets told off a lot.
“There is also a case of a spina bifida baby which Jenny doesn’t deal with very well. I love that because she is not perfect.”
And when asked if there’s any romance ahead for Jenny, Jessica said, “She does develop in her love life.
“Lovely Jimmy comes back and someone new turns up as well, but that is all I can say.
“I think she needs a man. With her it is all about opening herself up very slowly to someone.
“She is doing that with the girls and the nuns, and is more relaxed in her own skin, so I guess it is just a matter of time.”
And finally, when asked if she’s feeling any pressure about series two, given the huge success of the show’s first run, Jessica said, “I guess there is a certain amount of pressure, but I don’t really think about it.
“As soon as I read the new scripts I knew we were totally on track. I didn’t want it to become a second series where everyone was saying, ‘We’re in a hit show’.
“It has been life-changing, but I don’t feel like I’ve changed.
“I feel terribly proud of it and excited about the future, but I am aware that I just need to keep my eye on the present.”
I can’t wait for the show to return! Are you excited? Here’s a reminder of the series two trailer…