'Call the Midwife' season 6 cast news: Miranda Hart will not return to reprise the role of Chummy

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Fans may be disheartened to find out that Miranda Hart will not return to British period drama series “Call the Midwife” for the upcoming season 6.

According to BBC, the comedian and actress will not reprise her role as fan favorite Camilla “Chummy” Noakes. Although she left the show during the fourth season when her character moved to a mother and baby unit, some viewers were still hoping that she would appear either in the 2016 Christmas special or during the show’s next full run.

Hart took to Twitter to confirm the news. “It’s with a heavy heart that having shared Chummy’s return to CTM, I’ve not been able to birth (pun) the schedule to make it work. xx,” she posted.

She added that even though she is sad that she will not be able to come back due to other work commitments, she still is excited for the audience to see the new episodes with the arrival of newcomer Sister Ursula, “Truly sad not to be playing Chummy this year but fans are in for a treat with Dame Harriet Walter as a new cast member and more besides.”

Showrunner Heidi Thomas previously dished to Radio Times that Sister Ursula may have quite an influence on the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House. The narrative will now tackle the changing world of 1962 and the addition is said to bring new challenges to the ensemble. “Tears are shed, and bonds reinforced, as the team pull together as never before,” she hinted.

On a related note, Hart also recently turned down another project from the network titled “Up Pompeii.” The sitcom was said to have been eyeing her for the iconic part of Lurcio, originally played by Frankie Howerd. After saying no, BBC reportedly axed the show.

Season 6 of “Call the Midwife” is slated to air sometime in 2017 while a special episode will air during Christmastime.