Call the Midwife Christmas Special
’Tis the season for PBS to bring plenty of holiday cheer with an exciting December schedule, including a special holiday episode from the critically acclaimed British drama CALL THE MIDWIFE on Friday, December 25, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL will lead the way to the fifth season of the hit drama, which returns to PBS in Spring 2016.
Pippa Harris, executive producer for Neal Street Productions, said: “Filled with festive cheer, snow and of course, new born babies, Heidi Thomas has written our most moving and enjoyable Holiday Special to date. We’re delighted that together with PBS we can share this holiday treat with all our US fans.”
Festive spirit is in plentiful supply as Poplar gets ready for the holidays. A trip to see the Regent Street lights and a visit from a BBC film crew promise to make this 1960 Christmas one to remember. As the community pulls together to prepare for the televised carol concert, Nonnatus is rocked to the core when one of its own goes missing, causing a full-scale manhunt. Meanwhile an unexpected surprise for a grieving mother may help bring the Christmas magic home.
“CALL THE MIDWIFE continues to be a fan favorite among our PBS viewers, and the upcoming Christmas episode is sure to please our audiences,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “We are thankful to Neal Street, who continue to be our partners on the series, and together we are excited to present our holiday programming.”
Season 4 of CALL THE MIDWIFE drew an average household audience rating of 2.32, translating into 3.3 million viewers, with close to 2.7 million viewers tuning into the 2014 holiday special. The first season was the biggest new drama on BBC One in more than a decade, and the fourth season averaged a consolidated viewership of more than 11 million in the U.K. CALL THE MIDWIFE has won accolades across the industry, including 2013 BAFTA Craft awards for director Philippa Lowthorpe and for Christine Walmesley-Cotham for Make Up and Hair Design. Additionally, Miranda Hart received Best Actress at the National Television Awards in 2014. Audiences and critics in the U.S. were equally effusive, with Season 3 breaking the top 10 spot in ratings on PBS and scoring 66 percent above the 2013-2014 season-to-date primetime average.
CALL THE MIDWIFE is a moving and intimate story of midwifery in London’s East End in the 1950s and 60s. Audiences can expect both laughter and tears in the upcoming Season 5, along with new challenges and enchanting emotional stories celebrating the people of Poplar and the much-loved residents of Nonnatus House.
CALL THE MIDWIFE stars Jenny Agutter (“The Railway Children,” “Spooks”) as Sister Julienne, Pam Ferris (“Little Dorrit,” “Darling Buds of May”) as Sister Evangelina, Judy Parfitt (“Little Dorrit,” Girl With a Pearl Earring), who was nominated for a 2013 Satellite Award for her work as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George (“Hollyoaks,” “Doctors”) as Trixie Franklin, Bryony Hannah (Cemetery Junction) as Sister Mary Cynthia, Emerald Fennell (Anna Karenina) as Patsy Mount, Stephen McGann (“The Bill”) as Dr. Patrick Turner, Jack Ashton (“Broadchurch”) as Tom Hereward, Ben Caplan (“Judge John Deed”) as Sergeant Noakes, Laura Main (“Monarch of the Glen”) as Shelagh, Cliff Parisi (“EastEnders”) as Fred, Linda Bassett (“East Is East,” “Lark Rise to Candleford”) as Nurse Phyllis Crane and Charlotte Ritchie (“Life of Riley,” “Fresh Meat”) as Nurse Barbara Gilbert. Vanessa Redgrave provides the voice of the mature Jennifer Worth.
CALL THE MIDWIFE is created and written by Heidi Thomas; executive producers are Pippa Harris and Heidi Thomas. The series is a Neal Street Production for BBC/PBS.