Call the Midwife 2020 Christmas Special – Start date, cast, and plot
The Call the Midwife 2020 Christmas special promises some much needed festive cheer
The Call the Midwife 2020 Christmas special promises to be one of the highlights of BBC1’s Christmas TV (opens in new tab) schedule.
Unfortunately, back in March filming on the show had to be suspended due to the coronavirus. However, the cast managed to resume filming and have pulled out all the stops to bring us a 90-minute festive episode to enjoy!
Other treats this Christmas include an All Creatures Great and Small Christmas special (opens in new tab) and a Doctor Who Christmas special (opens in new tab).
Heidi Thomas, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer said when filming started again; “Everyone is overjoyed to be whisking the dust sheets off Nonnatus House and getting back to filming after lockdown.
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"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 are very much a family at Call the Midwife, and like families everywhere, we have missed each other.
"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 date and time is The Call The Midwife Christmas special 2020 on BBC1?
This year's Call the Midwife Christmas Special will air on BBC1 on Christmas Day at 7.40pm. See our TV Guide for more information.
You can watch online via BBC iPlayer and the episode will also be available in the same place if you want to catch up at a later date.
When is the Call the Midwife Christmas special set this year?
This year’s Christmas special is set in December 1965. Everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to a traditional Christmas, but things don’t go to plan.
Poor Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital, while Trixie (Helen George) is angry to receive a subscription to a Marriage Bureau as a Christmas gift!
Meanwhile, the circus arrives in Poplar, there’s an exciting adventure for Nurse Crane and Shelagh is involved in a deeply moving birth.
Talking about the circus, Jenny Agutter (opens in new tab), who plays Sister Julienne, says: "Everyone’s delighted by the circus coming to town and seeing them parade through.
"It’s an imaginative story, because everyone is affected by the circus and the peripatetic life of these uprooted people on the move who contrast with the people from Nonnatus House who belong in the community.”
Who’s in this year’s Call the Midwife Christmas special?
The Christmas Special cast will include; Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica Joan), Fenella Woolgar (Sister Hilda) and Ella Bruccoleri (Sister Frances).
Plus Helen George (Trixie), Laura Main (Shelagh Turner), Leonie Elliott (Lucille), Stephen McGann (Dr Turner), and Cliff Parisi (Fred).
And Annabelle Apsion (Violet), Georgie Glen (Miss Higgins), Max Macmillan (Timothy), Daniel Laurie (Reggie) and Zephryn Taitte (Cyril).
It's also been revealed that former Doctor Who star Peter Davison will guest as Mr Percival.
He is the Ringmaster of Percival's Circus, which proves a big hit in Poplar.
How long is the Call the Midwife Christmas special 2020?
90 minutes! So, that's a lot of Call the Midwife fun to enjoy on Christmas Day.
Is there a trailer yet?
There isn't a full trailer yet, but here is a brand new clip from the Christmas episode to keep you going - and it sees Trixie get a very bad Christmas present!
The Call the Midwife Christmas special airs on BBC1 on Christmas Day at 7.40pm - see our TV Guide for full festive listings.
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