Call The Midwife creators reveal why new series deals with big issues like FGM and domestic violence

Call the Midwife is taking off the kid gloves to deal with the tough issues, including female genital mutilation and the Pill, that affected the residents of East London back in 1962.

The East End began to see cultural changes as the 1960s began and people from around the world were flocking to the city.

As a result, the nurses have to deal new situations, such as female genital mutilation.

Linda Bassett, 66, who plays Nurse Crane, says: “These are all real things that happened then and are happening now.

In the story, the nuns and nurses discover that mum-to-be Nadifa, a Somali woman who has come to the UK with her younger sister to join her husband, has been circumcised.

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