The Christmas special of Call The Midwife is less than a month away, and it promises to be everything fans of the show would wish for – funny, festive and heartwarming.
On Wednesday (November 27), actress Helen George gave us a sneak peek of the highly-anticipated Christmas Day episode and anybody already feeling broody should definitely look away now!
Helen, who has played Nurse Trixie Franklin since the series started in 2012, shared a super-cute photo with her two co-stars holding adorable newborns in their arms.
Of course the babies aren’t just in any old blanket, they’re in bright red Christmas stockings with white fluffy trim!
This year we went for babies in stockings… Not long now!
And if that doesn’t get your ovaries twitching, you should check your pulse!
Alongside the photo with Jennifer Kirby, who plays nurse Valerie Dyer, and Leonie Elliott, aka Lucille Anderson, 35-year-old former Strictly star Helen wrote: “This year we went for babies in stockings… Not long now!”
One fan responded, saying: “Aghhh can’t wait.”
Another said: “My fave part of Xmas. Best programme – tackles so many issues in society each season.”
A third added: “Call The Midwife and Gavin And Stacey on Christmas Day is THE BEST Christmas present.”
“Living for this,” enthused one more.
This year’s December 25 episode will see the midwives heading for the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.
The nurses of Nonnatus House arrive on a remote, idyllic Scottish island, where the residents have a desperate need for nurses and midwives.
Exposed to the elements, they operate in bleak conditions with limited access to water and electricity to help their patients, just in time to reconvene in Poplar for Christmas.
Longtime cast member Helen admitted that filming in the new location was “pretty interesting”.
She said: “The scenery is so cinematic, I think we captured some really beautiful moments.”
Leonie, who plays last year’s newcomer Lucille, has said: “Scotland was fun, it has the most amazing landscape, it’s beautiful. The people were lovely, we got held up a few times going to set by cows and sheep which was fun.”
As for the adorable promo shot of the babies in Christmas stockings, Jennifer said: “This year for the Christmas photo shoot, we had little babies in little Christmas stockings, wearing Santa hats, and it was really nice because we’ve never done that before, it was just so cute to see them in the stockings.”
Season eight of the series centred on women having to undergo illegal abortions due to the procedure not being available legally on the NHS, and the subject looks set to be explored further in the new series.
After the Christmas special, the drama will return with eight episodes in early 2020.
Series nine opens with Winston Churchill’s funeral in January 1965 and sees the beloved medics and midwives facing “unexpected challenges” as London develops and “population shifts, rules change, and old diseases come back to haunt them”.
The plot will include the potential demolition of Nonnatus and cases including drug abuse, cancer, diphtheria, fistula and tuberculosis.
It has since been revealed that the BBC has re-commissioned Call The Midwife for both series 10 and 11, which means the show will continue to air until at least 2022.
Creator and writer Heidi Thomas said: “Even after all these years, it still feels as though Call The Midwife has more truth to tell, more tears to cry, more life to celebrate, and more love to give.
“We are blessed with the best cast, crew, and audience a show could wish for, and I could not be more excited about our future.”
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