Matthew was introduced in season 10, when his wife Fiona gave birth at the Lady Emily Clinic. Sadly, Fiona died shortly afterwards after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.
Following Fiona’s death, Trixie and Matthew struck up a friendship as the nurse was there for Matthew in his grief, but the stars have now shared that their characters will be seen “getting closer” as season 11 returns to screens.
“We’re getting closer, yeah. It’s going well,” Helen told Digital Spy and other press recently, before jokingly adding: “He’s still here.”
“I’m here today. So I’ve done enough for this series,” Olly added. “Wait and see.”
Asked about how Matthew and Trixie’s relationship evolves over the next series, Olly noted that it was a slow and organic development while Helen added that “there are so many obstacles” for the pair to overcome before they can be together.
“And also because there’s so much… the nature of the relationship, with the death of his wife, as well,” Helen explained. “It’s such a deeply emotional situation, that it’s not just: ‘Are they going to get together, or are they not?’
“There are so many obstacles to overcome. It’s a friendship, really, and a support network, it becomes, for both of them, before it becomes anything romantic. I think it takes a long time for them to— I think it’s one of those things everyone else possibly sees around them before they see it themselves.
“I think it’s definitely a relationship – a friendship that develops on truth, because she’s been there, and was there for his wife as she died. And I think there’s a connection because of that,” she continued.
“There’s an unearthing for both of them because of that deep-set moment they shared together.”
Even with the slow building of the relationship, however, it looks like fans can still expect to see the character’s share a kiss in the new episodes – even if filming during COVID made the scenes a little more difficult for the actors themselves.
When asked how filming during the pandemic changed things. Helen joked that they “became masters at kissing through Perspex”.
“A man comes along with a little spray and a window wipe, and wipes down the spit after every take,” she continued, noting that it took “a few” takes to get the scene right.
“It takes a while,” Olly added, before Helen continued: “And it was so mechanical. Do we turn our heads to the left? Or do we bring our cheek in a bit? It’s just awful. So embarrassing.”
Call the Midwife returns on Sunday, January 2 at 8pm on BBC One.
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