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Bad news, Call the Midwife fans. Despite saying a few months ago her character Chummy would be back for season six, Miranda Hart announced yesterday (August 18) that she could no longer fit it in her schedule.

*Sniff*. She then pointed to new cast member Dame Harriet Walter as reason not to be too sad:

And it’s true, the prospect of the Atonement and Downton Abbey star and niece of Sir Christopher Lee making her mark in Nonnatus House in London’s East End is some consolation. Dame Harriet will play Sister Ursula, a character she describes as a “not very welcome addition” to the midwifery team.

It’s still hard not to miss lovable Chummy though, or Camilla Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne as she’s properly known. Her absence in season five was put down to her being sent to a mother and baby unit, though it was of course down to Miranda’s other work commitments, which included starring alongside, oh, y’know, Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law in comedy action movie Spy.

The door was always left open for her return, however, and we had hoped to see her in this year’s Christmas special and season six. This news puts an end to that.

Chin up, though. Best put on our brave faces. It’s what Chummy would’ve wanted.

Season six of Call the Midwife will air in the U.S. in the spring.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.