Actor Stephen McGann has written a nostalgic diary and social history narrative of what life was like for his character Doctor Turner from the smash-hit BBC series "Call The Midwife".
Simon & Schuster’s non-fiction publishing director, Iain MacGregor, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Annabel Merullo of PFD representing the makers of the show Neal Street Productions for Doctor Turner’s Casebook by McGann.
McGann has played the character of Dr Patrick Turner for the last five years on television and described him as a “fascinating, complex character.”
The book will contain imagery and historic information on life as a GP in the east end of London in the 1950s.
MacGregor said: “'Call The Midwife' is the backbone of Sunday night television, becoming the most watched drama series over the past few years. It’s bigger than Downton Abbey and one could argue more loved and understood by its many millions of fans. The beating heart of this award-winning drama series is Doctor Turner, whose stoic professionalism amid the squalor and beauty of London’s docks in caring for its community, as well as bringing up his own family, has touched a nation. This illustrated book will revisit the many cases he has been involved in across all series of the show, as well as provide real historical analysis of what life was like for a GP in 1950s inner-city London.”
McGann added: “Patrick Turner is a fascinating, complex character that I’ve had the privilege to play for five years on television - so the chance to expand on his private thoughts and cares through writing about his experiences was not to be missed.”
In "Call The Midwife", Dr Patrick Turner is an inner-city GP at a crucial crossroads in medical and social history, not only overseeing births across episodes, but also dealing with a multitude of diseases that strike the young and old. Polio, meningitis, measles, scarlet fever and thalidomide have all been meticulously depicted on the show. The book will reveal how he dealt with the cases and worked within the newly created National Health Service, as well as lived alongside his East End community
It is due to be published 28th January 2016, in time with the new series of "Call The Midwife", which annually pulls in 11 million-plus viewers.