The Queen’s Nursing Institute will be hosting ‘An Evening with Stephen McGann’ at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London. He will speak about his life, his family, his role as Dr Turner and his passion for healthcare, explains the QNI’s Matthew Bradby.
The book Call the Midwife has been one of the unexpected literary and television sensations of the past few years.
It has tapped into the popular fascination for learning about social history and shines a light on that era soon after the end of the Second World War and the birth of the National Health Service.
Perhaps the success of the programme is partly due to the desire to find out more about the world of our parents and grandparents, to see Britain as they saw it, where rationing and national service were still the norm.
It’s also a desire to learn about people living in adversity and meeting the old and new challenges of life, birth and death in the East End of London, slowly recovering from the effects of the Blitz.
One of the central characters in the programme is Dr Turner, the taciturn but compassionate family doctor who shares the duties of treating his many complex patients with the dedicated community nurses and midwives of Nonnatus House.
Dr Turner is played by the hugely talented actor, Stephen McGann, a member of that famous acting dynasty from Liverpool. Immersing himself in the part of Dr Turner, Stephen has become fascinated by the history of healthcare during the early years of the NHS. Antibiotics were in their infancy and the side effects of new drugs were poorly understood, leading to tragedies such as that caused by Thalidomide, a central drama in the most recent series.
On 27th November the Queen’s Nursing Institute will be hosting ‘An Evening with Stephen McGann’ at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London. He will speak about his life, his family, his role as Dr Turner and his passion for healthcare, nursing and midwifery, in fact and in fiction.
There will be an opportunity to meet Stephen and wine and refreshments are also included at the event.
I have seen Stephen provide an evening’s entertainment like this for another charity and was moved by his keen interest in social history and his respect and admiration for the midwifery, medical and nursing professions.
His stories and anecdotes about the series (which is written by his wife Heidi Thomas) are completely absorbing and he is a wonderful entertainer.
Tickets are available via the QNI’s website and we look forward to welcoming you to what will be a fascinating evening. All funds raised will go to support the QNI’s charity appeal, supporting working and retired nurses today and in the future.