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Sister Evangelina: The Tough One

Wasn't she great in the second episode?? That smile after Cynthia successfully delivers the baby. Priceless.

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I've been a fan of Pam Harris since Rosemary and Thyme. After many prompts from friends I am just now binge-watching CtM. So loving it. 

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I love her.  I think she's exactly how an older, experienced nun would be after years of delivering babies in such a poor neighborhood.  I love how she's no-nonsense but totally non-judgmental, even when the young ones are all shocked about something.

 

One of my favorite episodes had Sister Evangelina and Trixie climbing the rope up the side of the ship together.  Those two could carry the show for me.

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According to the books, Sister Evangeline came from a very poor background herself. Not quite in the workhouse, but close to it.  Sister Monica Joan, OTOH, came from a wealthy family.

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Pam Ferris.   You should watch her in The Darling Buds of May, which is where I fell in love with her (and David Jason)

Goodness, Dancer, it took me a while to get back here and read this suggestion. But now I have ordered DBOM from the library and looking forward to watching it. Thank you, it sounds delicious. 

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I just caught an old episode and I forgot how horrible Sister Evangeline could be to Sister Monica Joan! I'm sure Sister Monica Joan would drive you nuts always eating all the sweets, making messes, and just doing whatever she wants etc. But Sister Evangeline really seems to have a mean streak when it come to Sister Monica Joan; she talks down to her, bullies her, and makes nasty comments referring to Sister Monica Joan having come from a wealthy family. I'm sorry that Sister Evangeline grow up dirt poor and had a hard life, but just because someone comes from money doesn't mean they had a wonderful life.   

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If you think she was mean in Call the Midwife, check her out as "Aunt Marge" in the third Harry Potter movie (Prisoner of Azkaban).  If you're not a Potterhead, and don't want to watch the whole movie to see her . . . she's right at the beginning.  

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I hated Aunt Marge and was so happy Harry "blew her up".  I did not realize it was Pam Ferris in the role.  Because it can't be said enough.....I really miss Sister Evangelina.  :(

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Did the actress choose to leave the show?  She was my favorite nun, and I'm a little pissed that she's gone but we're still stuck with Monica Joan.  MJ has a few sweet moments, but otherwise I can't stand her selfishness, her need to be the center of attention, and her constant babbling of poetry.  I'm sure some of this behavior is rooted in her coming from wealth, but she's been a nun for most of her life and should have adjusted to things like sharing.

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2 hours ago, RedheadZombie said:

Did the actress choose to leave the show?  She was my favorite nun, and I'm a little pissed that she's gone but we're still stuck with Monica Joan.  MJ has a few sweet moments, but otherwise I can't stand her selfishness, her need to be the center of attention, and her constant babbling of poetry.  I'm sure some of this behavior is rooted in her coming from wealth, but she's been a nun for most of her life and should have adjusted to things like sharing.

Pam Ferris left the show at age 67 to spend more time with her husband and their dogs.  She was commuting daily from her home in Kent to London for the first few seasons, but then filming moved to Surrey and she had to stay in a hotel during the week and only get home on weekends.  She decided that, at her age, she just wasn't willing to give up time at home or move to Surrey so she 'retired' from the show.

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43 minutes ago, doodlebug said:

Pam Ferris left the show at age 67 to spend more time with her husband and their dogs.  She was commuting daily from her home in Kent to London for the first few seasons, but then filming moved to Surrey and she had to stay in a hotel during the week and only get home on weekends.  She decided that, at her age, she just wasn't willing to give up time at home or move to Surrey so she 'retired' from the show.

Thank you for that information - it makes me feel a little better.  One by one my favorites leave - Jenny, Chummy, Sister Evangelina, and I guess Cynthia isn't in the seventh season.  If they touch Phyllis and Shelagh, I might be done.

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When I need a dose of Pam Ferris, I re-watch Rosemary and Thyme!

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13 hours ago, Kohola3 said:

When I need a dose of Pam Ferris, I re-watch Rosemary and Thyme!

I love Pam . . . but I sure wouldn't want to watch "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" for her role in it - nasty Aunt Marge.

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I read that the main problem was that she couldn't find a place to rent that would accept dogs. She didn't want to be parted from them while the eps were being filmed.

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Seems very selfish of the show to not help her out and keep her - she was by far my most favorite character and I was devastated when they killed her off.

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12 hours ago, MV713 said:

Seems very selfish of the show to not help her out and keep her - she was by far my most favorite character and I was devastated when they killed her off.

I'm pretty sure there would have been more than just what the public statements convey behind her decision.  I doubt we will know what they are any time soon.

The show has made it clear that they will keep Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt - 82) until she decides she can no longer handle the rigours of the schedule. So I'm pretty sure Pam Ferris' decision was well considered and final.

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