Millions of TV viewers sit down to the hugely popular drama Call The Midwife every Sunday. But did you know the feelgood tale of life in the East End of the 1950s and 60s is actually filmed, in part, in the Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent?

And that is not all that's 'stunted up' for the cameras – many of the little tykes who populate the crowded lanes and alleyways of film set Poplar are, in fact, from a long way away from east London.

Try Ruislip.

Judy McPhee runs JAM2000, a performing arts school and agency at The Windmill Studio Centre in Pembroke Road.

A regular gig for her your proteges is the set of 'Midwife', which stars, among others, Jessica Raine, Jenny Agutter and Miranda Hart – plus the gorgeous Helen George as Nurse Trixie Franklin (top).

The cubs pictured here are led by featured actor Max Macmillan (with satchel) as doctor's son Timothy Turner, but his pack mates include 'JAM-ers' Aidan Summerfield, Charlie Wilkins, Alfie Wood, Leighton Price, Jake Cash, Roman Price, Matthew Redwood, Tom Booth, Luca Lewis, Charlie John, George Rowan, Jonathan Gilbey, Ayrton Donovan and Jonathan Cantwell.

The agency got the call for likely lads and lasses from Sam Mendes's Neal Street Productions, which makes Call The Midwife, after a stint on Sky TV's The Tunnel. JAM2000 was able to supply young actors for the Christmas special and throughout series three, which is on air now.

Some of them are especially young – if you ever wondered where the blood smeared and squealing infants that appear from under a discretely placed blanket really come from, now you know.

The youngest Judy supplied was just two weeks old. Mum stands just off camera, and after junior has had a quick squirt of red goo and a fake umbilicus attached, everyone 'goes for a take' before the newborn is safely back with in the arms of 'proper mum' and often immediately fast asleep, like little Liam Kiff, pictured with his mother, Krissy.

 

The older kids are chaperoned by specialist company, Childwrangler, to keep them safe and sound and, crucially, to ensure good on-set behaviour and punctuality. It works closely with JAM2000. "Your reputation rests on the way your children conduct themselves," says Judy.

 

So chuck in some lighting services supplied by Arri Lighting Rental of Oxford Road in Uxbridge, and this part of the world delivers when it comes to Call The Midwife.

If you fancy a shot at small screen fame, JAM2000 is recruiting children of all ages. Call 01895 624755 or email info@jam2000.co.uk for more information.

All pictures copyright Neal Street Productions. Used with permission.