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Friday 14th December 2018

Everything we know about Call The Midwife series 8 and Christmas special

What's new at Nonnatus House?

The last series of Call The Midwife ended on a bittersweet note as the residents of Nonnatus House came together to celebrate the birthday of Sister Monica Joan.

Even beloved characters Chummy and Trixie were there - captured on film at least.

And, of course, footage of Barbara Gilbert was especially poignant coming just weeks after her tragic death.

Barbara's grave was freshly dug (Credit: BBC)

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Through tears, fans saw the camera linger on a red rose and toy carousel on Barbara’s freshly dug grave after her tragic death of septicaemia.

With the Christmas special and series eight just weeks away, here's what we know about the new series so far...

Feeling broody anyone? (Credit: BBC)

Has filming finished on Call The Midwife?

We know that filming for season eight has wrapped. The show shared a post on social media saying it was now on a "countdown to transmission".

In a post on the official Call The Midwife Facebook page, a message to their 556,970 followers posted on 12 October read: "Series 8 filming for Call the Midwife was completed this evening!!

We never run out of stories, and we never run out of love.

"It is traditional to mark the occasion with an end-of shoot photograph taken with the star appearing in the last scene, along with the final 'slate' - the clapperboard marking the scene for editing purposes."

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The post continued: "This year it was our wonderful Jennifer Kirby (Nurse Valerie) who did the honours for us! So now....the countdown begins to transmission!!

"You will be seeing us very soon for a brand new Christmas Special episode, followed by series 8 early in 2019.

"Make sure to check back here for all of the news and stories as we gear up to another year in the life of Nonnatus House. Don't miss it!"

Nurse Barbara died in a heartbreaking storyline last series (Credit: BBC)

What happens in the 2018 Call The Midwife Christmas special?

The traditional festive special will this year see the arrival of new character Sister Mildred, played by Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes.

She plays a "forthright and indefatigable sister from the Order" who will also star in the first episode of series eight.

And she bring with her four Chinese orphans!

Two more midwifes also arrive at Nonnatus House - Fenella Woolgar will play Sister Hilda, and Ella Bruccoleri will play Sister Frances.

Miriam Margolyes is joining the cast of Call The Midwife (Credit: BBC)

The final addition to the cast is Georgie Glen, who will appear as new receptionist at Dr Turner's surgery, Miss Higgins.

Earlier this week One Foot In The Grave star Annette Crosbie confirmed that she would also be taking part... we DO believe it!

We also know that The Order's Mother Superior has been taken ill and a new spiritual leader needs to be elected and - much to Sister Julienne’s horror - she is the favoured candidate to take over…

What will happen in the eighth series of Call The Midwife?

The Christmas special will be followed by eight more episodes in the New Year.

Helen George returns to Call The Midwife after having her own baby (Credit: BBC)

Sadly, Barbara's on-screen husband Reverend Tom Hereward (Jack Ashton) will not be back for the new series as he departs for missionary work.

However, Helen George's Nurse Trixie Franklin will be back after missing much of last series due to her own maternity leave. In the show, she was seeking treatment for alcoholism.

The BBC announced: "We're delighted to confirm that our Trixie is back where she belongs for Christmas and the forthcoming series."

Tom will not be returning after Barbara's death (Credit: BBC)

Series eight moves into the spring of 1964 where anticipation is building for a new royal baby.

With the addition of the two new Sisters and the return of Trixie, Nonnatus House "feels full once more".

But when the midwives are introduced to their new midwifery bags, old Sister Monica Joan becomes distressed as her dementia takes a turn for the worse.

Call The Midwife is set to run until 2020 (Credit: BBC)

Creator Heidi Thomas said: "It is an immense privilege to be starting work on series eight of Call The Midwife, and we can't wait to share the events of 1964 with our loyal and passionate audience.

"People often ask me how we can keep coming back year after year, but the answer is simple - we never run out of stories, and we never run out of love."

Will there be a ninth series of Call The Midwife?

The BBC recommissioned the long-running series for three new instalments in 2016.

This means the drama will eventually move into season nine and be on air until at least 2020.

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