Call The Midwife Christmas special – When is it on? All you need to know

The cosy drama is back for a festive episode and a snap of seasonal weather which brings East London to a snowy standstill.

There’s something very Christmassy about a visit to Call The Midwife, and this December will not disappoint as a special episode is due to arrive.

We’re expecting all the heartwarming joy of the period drama, packaged up into a sparkling seasonal storyline as a preview to the forthcoming new series.

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Start planning your Christmas viewing now, as you won’t want to miss the midwives and their latest adventures.

Watch the first clip


The first look trailer, which was revealed on Children in Need night, reveals that Trixie (Helen George) is going on holiday with Christopher to the slopes and is busy packing her après ski outfit.

Meanwhile, Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) and Tom (Jack Ashton) are back for a special festive gathering and a huge snow drift has hit Poplar.

When is the Christmas special going to be on?

The exact scheduling slot for the highly-anticipated episode hasn’t been announced yet, but last year it was shown at 9pm on Christmas Day on BBC One.

Where is it set this year?

Last Christmas saw the midwives soaking up the sun as they headed to a tiny, struggling mission hospital in South Africa.

But this year’s setting is the polar opposite – the only thing the cast will need their sunglasses for is the glare from the snow.

They won't need their passports either, as the episode will stay close to home this time as Poplar is experiencing its coldest winter for 300 years in The Big Freeze of 1963.

What do we know about the storyline?

We’re expecting the freezing temperatures and thick snow to have an influence on the storyline, threatening to keep the midwives away from labouring women. In 1963, the whole country was brought to a standstill by the thick blanket of snow, which caused power cuts and frozen pipes.

Fans will see Valerie (Jennifer Kirby) help a young couple who are newly arrived in London and experience a traumatic birth.

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Meanwhile, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) will be trying to reunite a family who have been torn apart by a tormenting father.

Viewers should also look out for Anita Dobson who is this Christmas’s guest star and is playing a character called Mabel Tillerson, although no details of her storyline have been released yet.

Is there a new series any time soon?

Good news, midwife fans – the drama is returning for a seventh season in 2018, with eight new episodes on the way in the New Year.

As the story rolls on through the 1960s, there’s sure to be plenty more in the way of dramatic births, fresh relationships and new midwives.

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We’re looking forward to seeing what’s in store for the residents of Nonnatus House and where their emergency calls will take them next.

Call The Midwife returns to BBC One in December with a special Christmas episode.

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