Call the Midwife Christmas special 2019 - HILARIOUS first look picture revealed!

Jennifer Kirby, Helen George and Leonie Elliott who will all feature in the Call the Midwife Christmas special 2019
(Image credit: BBC/Neal Street/Nicky Johnston)

The Call the Midwife gang head to Scotland for the festive special, where they meet some naughty sheep!

The BBC has teased the Call the Midwife Christmas special with a cracking snap of the gang surrounded by some very “disobedient” sheep as they visit Scotland.

The eagerly-anticipated festive special will see Mother Mildred (played by Miriam Margolyes) take the team to the Outer Hebrides!

They embark on the trip to the beautiful yet extremely remote islands because the residents have a desperate need for nurses and midwives.

Exposed to the elements, they have to operate in tough conditions where they don’t have much access to water.

Call the Midwife Christmas 2019 special showing the midwives surrounded by sheep

Here's a first look snap of the Call the Midwife Christmas special and we're loving the faces the midwives pull as they're surrounded by sheep!

And in the snap - that features among others Mildred, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter), Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett), Shelagh Turner (Laura Main), Lucille (Leonie Elliott) and Trixie (Helen George) - they're dealing with some tricky sheep!

But, they do make it back to Poplar in time for Christmas dinner it seems.

Meanwhile, the BBC has also revealed details for series nine of Call the Midwife, which will feature eight new episodes and will start early next year.

It will open with the funeral of Winston Churchill in January 1965, as the team at Nonnatus House enter “a bold and innovative era”.

The Beeb teases that “as the tower blocks multiply, and a new East End rises from the ashes of the old, society becomes more prosperous, but more complex.”

The team will have to cope as ever with a string of difficult cases including drug abuse, cancer and diphtheria.

And it’s also been revealed that Nonnatus House will come under threat of demolition.

Heidi Thomas, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer said; “After a magical Christmas experience in the Hebrides featuring wild seas, stormy skies and some very disobedient sheep, we return to the harsher reality of city life in 1965. Society is changing fast and in series nine we will see Nonnatus House shaken to its foundations.”

The Call the Midwife Christmas Special is likely to be on Christmas Day, with series nine starting in early 2020.

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