'Call the Midwife' 2021 Christmas special: release date confirmed, plot, cast, trailer, and more

Call the Midwife 2021 Christmas special
Trixie in the Call the Midwife 2021 Christmas special. (Image credit: BBC)

The Call the Midwife 2021 Christmas Special will be on Christmas Day at 8pm, it's now been confirmed by the BBC.

Yes, the festive edition promises once again to be the jewell in the crown of the BBC’s Christmas TV line-up.

Call the Midwife Season 10 was shown on BBC1 earlier this year after it was delayed from its normal start time due to the pandemic. And fans will be delighted to know that there will be a festive episode to enjoy.

Here's everything we know about the Call the Midwife 2021 Christmas special...

The 'Call the Midwife' 2021 Christmas Special release date

BBC1 Christmas Day schedule 2021: Call the Midwife

Bless! 'Call the Midwife' will be on Christmas Day. (Image credit: BBC / Nealstreet)

The Call the Midwife 2021 Christmas Special will be shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day at 8pm, it's now been confirmed. It will run for 95 minutes until 9.35pm on Christmas night, when it will be followed by EastEnders.

Meanwhile, a US release date has now been confirmed. The Call the Midwife 2021 Christmas special will be shown on PBS on Christmas Day at 9.00pm ET.

'Call the Midwife' 2021 Christmas Special plot

The BBC has released some plot details. We know it's now December 1966. And the Beeb teases: "Christmas promises to be a memorable one at Nonnatus House as Lucille (Leonie Elliott) and Cyril (Zephryn Taitte) prepare for their upcoming winter wedding. The Nonnatus team are faced with their busiest Christmas Day ever as the Maternity Home is filled with expectant Mums to be, each with their own challenging case. Luckily Mother Mildred (Miriam Margolyes) is on hand to support the team."

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The Turners return, plus Helen George (Trixie Franklin), Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Leonie Elliott (Lucille Anderson), Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane), and co are back. Rather excitingly Miriam Margolyes puts in an appearance as Mother Mildred.

Is there a trailer?

Erm, sadly not yet. Watch this space.

The Call the Midwife 2021 festive special is heading to our screens this Christmas (check out our TV guide for full listings).

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