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It’s happening — everyone remain calm! While this year may be filled to the brim with doom and gloom, at the very least we can be grateful that the Call the Midwife Christmas special is definitely happening, with filming already underway.

This iconic BBC series will return to our screens this Christmas season, for a special 90-minute episode. The news was released today on Instagram, as they revealed that filming has re-commenced on the Christmas Special and tenth anniversary series.

Dr. Turner, played by Stephan McGann, returned to set yesterday, suitably Covid protected, to christen this season’s filming.


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According to the official Call the Midwife Instagram, “Bringing all of these heroes back together to film in safety during a pandemic has been our top priority in these last months. But being able to deliver a brand new Christmas Special and Series 10 to you is the very best reward that we could wish for.”

Heidi Thomas, Creator, Writer and Executive added, “Everyone is overjoyed to be whisking the dust sheets off Nonnatus House and getting back to filming after lockdown.”

“It is a particular thrill to be able to deliver the Christmas Special on time, just as we promised at the start of the pandemic. We will now be putting more love and energy into our work than ever and can't wait to share Series 10 with our fantastic, loyal audience."

What will the Christmas special be about? Well, it’s December 1965. Everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to traditional celebrations with all the trimmings, but in typical Call the Midwife fashion, nothing goes quite to plan. Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital, and Trixie is incensed to receive a subscription to a Marriage Bureau as a Christmas gift. 

Meanwhile, a surprise reunion for Shelagh involves her in a deeply moving birth, and the Circus arrives in Poplar, bringing new friendships, new experiences, and an exciting adventure for Nurse Crane!

We simply can’t wait. As they so eloquently put it, the midwives are on their way… deep breaths!


Call The Midwife returned with an emotional and eye-opening episode last night. The opening of series nine left viewers in floods of tears as the midwives tackled an outbreak of diphtheria.

Doctor Turner was stunned to find young Terry suffering from the ‘mediaeval' disease that swiftly spread throughout Poplar.

As patient after patient presented with signs of the disease, Doctor Turner and the midwives did everything in their power to help combat the spread of diphtheria.

The episode reminded audiences of the importance of vaccination, whether it’s 1965 or 2020. The fall in vaccination uptake is still a cause for concern today so there’s no doubt last night’s episode encouraged and educated many viewers.

One moment in last night’s episode that turned us into blubbering babies was when Violet handed Fred the framed photo of his late wife Betty. Fred, the hero of last night’s episode, was reflecting on the past when he found a photo of his dear wife who was killed in the Blitz.

He put it back in the tin but Violet knew it didn’t belong there so she had it framed for her husband and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Fred unwrapped that parcel.

The handyman was the centre of one of last night’s most touching storylines. As he was leaving Nonnatus House, Fred heard a baby crying but couldn’t see anyone around. Much to his dismay, he found a newborn girl in the dustbins outside Nonnatus, a moment he vowed to never ever forget. 

Luckily, baby Primrose was soon reunited with her mother and Mother Mildred took the troubled pair under her wing to ensure they would be taken care of.


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Call The Midwife continues next Sunday on BBC 1.


We’re finally heading back to Poplar tonight and we couldn’t be happier about it. A new series of Call The Midwife airs on BBC One at 8pm.

Series nine of the wonderful drama series will feature eight emotional episodes and there’s no doubt each of them will leave us in floods of tears.

Tonight’s episode is set to be an intense watch so make sure you have the tissues at the ready.


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Episode one sees the midwives tackle an unexpected outbreak of diphtheria. The bacterial disease produces a powerful toxin which damages organs and tissues throughout the body.

As well as tackling this outbreak, the ladies of Nonnatus House have to help find the mum of a baby after Fred discovers the tiny tot in a dustbin.


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All of our favourite midwives will be back for series nine, including Nurse Trixie, Nurse Lucille Anderson, Nurse Phyllis Crane and Nurse Valerie Dyer.

The new series of Call The Midwife will be set in 1965 and the midwives will face some of their most major cases to date.

Speaking about the upcoming episodes, the team shared: “After an eventful Christmas in 1964, our intrepid team leap right into Poplar in 1965 – a world in rapid motion, but one in which the most important human needs never change.”

Call The Midwife airs at 8pm on BBC One.


Call The Midwife returns on January 5 and we are counting down the days. The heartwarming series is one of the best dramas around so we’re itching to tune into a string of new episodes.

There are only mere weeks to go and to get you feeling excited about the ninth series of Call The Midwife, they have shared the first official cast photo.


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All of our favourite midwives will be back for series nine, including Nurse Trixie, Nurse Phyllis Crane and Nurse Valerie Dyer.

The latest midwife to join the ladies of Nonnatus House, Lucille Anderson will also be back for another series. Leonie Elliot warmed our hearts as the sweet natured nurse.

The team teased the new series: “Here's a first look at one of the latest photographs to emerge from our new series of Call the Midwife, which comes hot on the heels of our Christmas Special!”

Speaking about the upcoming series, the team shared: “After an eventful Christmas in 1964, our intrepid team leap right into Poplar in 1965 – a world in rapid motion, but one in which the most important human needs never change.”


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The first episode of series nine airs on BBC 1 on January 5. We are beyond excited for Call The Midwife to return.



Call The Midwife fans, we’ve got an early Christmas present for you! The BBC has finally confirmed the release date for series nine and it’s a lot sooner than we thought.

There’s nothing we love more than curling up on the sofa to watch the touching drama series and our Sundays will be back to normal in mere weeks.

Call The Midwife returns to BBC One on January 5.

That’s right! We only have a few more weeks until the series returns.

The show revealed the wonderful news on Instagram. Alongside a photo of the series nine cast, they wrote:

‘NEWS! The brand new Series 9 of Call the Midwife will premiere on Sunday January 5th at 8pm on BBC1!’


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Until then, we have the Christmas special to look forward to. Call The Midwife's Christmas episode will air on December 25 at 7pm.

We’re in for a treat this year as the ladies of Nonnatus House head to Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.


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Helen George, who plays Nurse Trixie, recently opened up to This Morning about the Christmas episode.

“It was beautiful because we got to film there for four weeks and it's such a stunning place. It becomes a character in itself, it's so cinematic, and it was really cold. Because the surroundings are just so beautiful that you don't want to ignore it!"

Call The Midwife series nine airs on January 5, 2020.


One of our favourite Call The Midwife stars is set to enter the jungle and we’re so excited about it.

Cliff Parisi, who plays Fred on the beloved medical drama, is rumoured to join I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.

The actor will be the twelfth contestant to join the popular reality show. He is set to arrive in Australia later this week.

Luckily, filming for season nine of Call The Midwife has just finished up so Fred Buckle won’t be missing from the new episodes.

The former stand-up comedian will certainly bring plenty of laughs to the jungle.

He joins radio DJ Roman Kemp, Ian Wright, Nadine Roberts, Caitlyn Jenner, Jacqueline Jossa and Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell on this year’s show.


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Coronation Street star Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk on the British soap, is also rumoured to be joining the show in the coming days.

There’s no doubt the actors will win fans over in the jungle.

We certainly cannot wait to see how their arrival shakes up the current contestants.

The show has only been on for a handful of days but Caitlyn Jenner has already been tipped to win the show. She has won viewers over with her positive attitude and budding friendships with fellow campmates.


Call the Midwife actress Jenny Agutter has sparked MAJOR controversy for her interview with the Radio Times, where she made some highly polarising comments about the #MeToo movement.

She said she can't "fully understand" why actresses who are allegedly victims of the #MeToo movement would meet with male industry figures alone.

The British actress said;

“In the States, there were occasions when you might be asked to go to a private screening or someone’s place and you just didn’t do it – unless you found the person very attractive, in which case you did do it.”

The BBC actress continued; “But if they’re not really attractive, there’s nothing to be gained from it, because it’s obvious what you’re indicating by going.”

“It’s terrible that anyone would use their power in that way. That’s wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong – no question about it," she added, which was a bit of a paradox if you ask us.

The fact that you can't meet with a male figure alone is problematic enough, whether you want to sleep with them or not.

The power planes are also massively different if you have the ability to become the woman's boss, such as a production or directorial role.

“What is sad is to be in a situation where you have to negotiate it: you shouldn’t have to do that. I was very lucky never to have to.”


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Agutter moved to Hollywood decades ago to pursue her career, and explained that her relationship with a producer at the time allowed her to be "a little bit protected,"

“No one was going to hit on me, with him there! It was a bit like having the Mafia around you,” she said, adding that if she had ended up in such a complex position, she would be “back out of the door rather fast”. 

She finished: “Because there isn’t any part that’s worth that – and I think there’s an arrogance in me a little bit as well, which is, ‘If you’re not casting me because I’m right for the part, then why are we in this situation?’”

Her comments seemed to divide the public, with some parties agreeing with her and others claiming that you shouldn't need protection from a man to navigate a job industry. 


She might play the quiet nun Sister Winifred but in real life, actor Victoria Yeates is as far away from her on-screen alter ego as you could imagine.

The 35-year-old, with her tumbling red hair and striking features is the epitome of bohemian cool – an her wedding pictures show. 

The cast of hugely popular TV show Call The Midwife had special break while filming their Christmas special to see Victoria tie the knot in France. 

And how unreal does she look?!


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Victoria exchanged vows with musician Paul Housden at a 13th century chateau in the Pyrenees.

As you do. 

And of course, that meant a Call the Midwife cast reunion – there was stars like Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt, Helen George and Cliff Parisi.

Victoria said, ''Loads of the cast came and nipped over between filming. After the ceremony we all ate outside by this river on the grounds.''

She continued, ''It was quite hippy, simple and all very chilled out.''


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The celebration came two years after she and Paul got engaged in South Africa, as cast filmed the 2016 Christmas episode. 

The festive episode will see a new face – Miriam Margolyes or Sister Mildred.

Victoria said, ''You do pinch yourself when you look around and realise how many great people are on the show.''

Call the Midwife is on BBC1 at 7.45pm, Christmas Day and, call us old grannies, but we cannot WAIT to tune in.