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Call The Midwife star Helen George reveals on-set 'incident' during filming for season 13

The actress plays Trixie Franklin in the hit period drama 

Helen George and Laura Main in Call the Midwife
Megan Bull
TV Writer
25 October 2023
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Helen George found herself mistaken for a tour guide while filming season 13 of Call the Midwife. Giving fans an update on production, the show's official Instagram account recalled the hilarious on-set incident, which occurred last week. 

Helen George was mistaken for a tour guide on set © Instagram
Helen George was mistaken for a tour guide on set

Sharing photos of Helen as she got into character as nurse Trixie Franklin, the caption explained: "LATEST: Helen George is mistaken for a tour guide while filming Call the Midwife Series 13... and asked for directions to the toilet!!"

It continued: "Last week it was all action when our Call the Midwife team returned to The Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent, to shoot key scenes for Series 13. This iconic location also happens to be the site of our official Call the Midwife tour, where our expert team of guides dress up as midwives and escort visitors through our famous sets. On occasion, however, the close proximity of our cast to the tours can cause a little confusion!" 

Helen George riding a bike on the Call The Midwife set © Instagram
The mix up occurred on set at the Historic Dockyard Chatham

Helen, 39, has also addressed the mix-up in an interview with BBC Radio's Claudia Winkleman. "This week I was mistaken for a Trixie lookalike impersonator tour guide at the Chatham museum, and asked for directions to the toilet! I obliged, as I knew where they were!"

Asked whether she revealed her true identity to the fan, Helen replied: "Oh no. Sometimes if I'm down there and sort of not in the mood, if someone says 'Are you Trixie from Call the Midwife?', I say 'No, I'm a tour guide'. It works both ways!"

Linda Bassett and Georgie Glen on the set of Call the Midwife series 13© Call the Midwife/Instagram
The cast of Call The Midwife have been busy filming season 13

Now that Helen and her co-stars have returned to set, fans have been looking to the Call The Midwife Instagram account for regular updates on filming, and they were treated to another one on Tuesday.

Posting a video of Laura Main – aka Shelagh Turner – the account revealed that the actress has been keeping the little ones entertained on set with fun exercises.  

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"A filming day can be a long and dull one if you're young," explained the caption, "And so our own lovely Laura Main, who plays Shelagh Turner, has devised a novel way to keep her onscreen brood perked up and ready for their close ups!!

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"The turner kids - Teddy (Edward Shaw), May(April Rae Hoang) and Angela (Alice Brown) - were spotted doing some quick exercises in our studio." 

Megan Cusack as Nancy Corrigan and Georgie Glen as Miss Higgins with Friends© Olly Courtney
Series 13 will air in 2024

Sparking a reaction from fans, many were quick to comment on the sweet clip. "This warms my heart. So grateful for this team and all their hard work!" wrote one. "So happy they're coming back for another season, can hardly wait!" added another. "How lovely. There are a lot of excellent shows but CTM is very special and Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without it," penned a third. 

Fans are currently gearing up to watch the Christmas special, which will air later this year. Meanwhile, season 13 of Call The Midwife will premiere in 2024. 

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