Call The Midwife to focus on abortion after drama faced criticism over

Dame Pippa said the storylines were influenced by research into now closed HMP Holloway, once Europe’s largest women’s prison, as records showed more than 50 abortionists were incarcerated before the practice was legalised in 1967. Executive producer Dame Pippa Harris revealed abortion will be a central theme throughout the eighth installment of the period drama, which follows a group of nurses in London’s East End, when it returns to BBC One on Sunday. The latest episodes, set in 1964 in Poplar, eight miles from the north London jail, will “remind people… The new series of Call The Midwife will focus on abortion after it sparked complaints by showing an illegal termination before the watershed.

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