Former Call The Midwife star Jessica Raine is making a big move away from her previous role as a midwife in 1950’s Britain with her brand new BBC show.
In an exciting new role, Jessica will star as Alison, a woman in 1960s Yemen who longs to be free in a claustrophobic world. The drama is set in the Aden outpost in the country, where British soldiers gathered.
Jessica will star in BBC show The Last Post, set in the Middle Eastern country.
The production is written by Bafta-winning writer Peter Moffatt, and is based on his own memories of his father’s time in the Royal Military Police, and his mother’s turmoil over being what she wanted to be vs. what she was expected to be.
And it seems Moffatt has cast Jessica Raine in his mother’s image. As Alison, she plays a glamorous, rule-breaking young woman who, in the current climate, feels “cooped up and claustrophobic”, with only a combination of “gin, red lipstick and other men” to give her what she needs.
Of her new role and character, Jessica has said, “I imagine her climbing the walls with boredom. She’s desperate to have fun but there’s not much of the type of fun she wants in the strict military environment… a real hell for her.”
It’s certainly a world away from her Call The Midwife character. Jessica played midwife Jenny Lee in the hit BBC drama, who was known for being kind, caring and gentle.
Jessica quit the show after three series in 2014, and has since starred in programmes including Line of
Duty, Wolf Hall, Fortitude and Jericho.
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She’s also been busy in her personal life too, marrying her boyfriend of then-five years Tom Goodman-Hall in September 2015.
The couple first met when they starred in a play together in 2010.
Her new drama The Last Post will run for six episodes, and will begin on Sunday 1st October on BBC One at 9pm.