Call the Midwifes Helen George on Trixie Franklins ring

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Call the Midwife nurse Trixie Franklin (played by Helen George) has had a rough life after struggling with alcoholism and splitting from the person she was meant to be with. Since finding love with Matthew Aylward (Olly Rix), Trixie has never been happier and with an upcoming engagement, Helen George admitted she had an impact on the ring that Trixie would wear.

When discussing the proposal, Helen opened up about Trixie’s previous proposal and how she had an impact on the ring the nurse received from Matthew.

Speaking to Express.co.uk and other press, Helen explained: “Helen actually had a say in the ring, so yes absolutely.

“There were a few options and a few didn’t cut it, because it was such a big moment and because Sister Julienne [Jenny Agutter] sets it up.

“Like she wasn’t happy with this piece of jewellery which was beautiful at the time just not right for her, and so he had to come in with something spectacular to blow her away.

“He had to burst all her illusions of what being proposed to was like so it had to be fireworks, absolutely enormous.”

Trixie and Matthew’s relationship has moved at a fast pace, however, the pair were friends first and Trixie helped with the birth of his son Jonty.

Matthew discussed the upcoming proposal and excitedly revealed: “It was great, we had a year/two years where we couldn’t get near each other.

“We kissed through perspex sheets, we had to do it but it was ridiculous and as an actor, it is quite painful because it is not really what you sign up for, ever.

“We were doing our best to get through that and everyone did a great job but to be able to now get close, to hold hands and to kiss, even to stand close to each other, was such a relief.

“Two years of trying to tell a love story, that was hard so for me, I really just relished the opportunity to get on and do the job properly.”

Helen teased the details of the proposal and admitted they had a slight filming mishap: “It was really lovely and we were filming on Albert Bridge in Battersea.

“The counsellor said, ‘Oh yeah we will leave the lights on all night for you so you can film all night’ it was a night shoot.

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“Five to 10, after we had done one take the lights went out, they were on hold to the council for the rest of the night trying to get them on!

“So the director of photography lit it beautifully and it was a bank holiday, it was really hot, and there were loads of pubs around.

“Everyone was wasted watching this filming going, what are you doing screaming at us so we are trying to be in the moment and there are just all these guys shouting at Olly, it was fun.”

The Christmas Special will see the town and residents of Poplar returning to normal after the terrible train crash.

Rhoda Mullucks (Liz White) returns heavily pregnant and understandably nervous after her last baby was born with limbs affected by thalidomide.

Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) cares for a heavily pregnant single mother, recently released from prison.

Fred Buckle (Cliff Parisi) decides that Poplar needs to come together to raise money for those families still affected by the train crash.

He pitches the wonderful idea of a festive talent show, Poplartunity Knocks, and is stunned when the community come together to show off their talents.

Call The Midwife airs today from 7:55pm on BBC One.

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