When is Call the Midwife back on TV? Who are the new nurses and what is going to happen?

Nonnatus House is getting ready for series eight...

What will happen in Call The Midwife series 8?

When is Call the Midwife back on TV?


Good news: series eight is on its way! Call the Midwife will return to BBC1 for Christmas 2018 with a festive special, followed by eight more episodes in the New Year.

The show is expected to premiere on PBS in the USA later in 2019.

If you can’t wait until then, you can re-watch the first six series on Netflix UK to get your Call the Midwife fix…

Call the Midwife - Trixie

Which cast members are coming back – and who are the new characters in Call the Midwife?

Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes has joined the cast of Call the Midwife as Sister Mildred, a “forthright and indefatigable sister from the Order” who will appear in the Christmas special and in the first episode of series eight as a guest star.

She’s not the only newcomer, because two more midwifes have arrived at Nonnatus House to make up for diminished numbers. Fenella Woolgar will play Sister Hilda, and Ella Bruccoleri will play Sister Frances.

The final addition to the cast is Georgie Glen, who will appear as the “redoubtable” Miss Higgins – the new receptionist at Dr Turner’s surgery.

We’ve already said goodbye to Charlotte Ritchie as Nurse Barbara Hereward, whose sad death from sepsis cast a shadow over Poplar at the end of series seven. But it has now been confirmed that her on-screen husband Reverend Tom Hereward (Jack Ashton) will not be back for the new series as he departs for missionary work.

So which familiar faces are coming back for series eight?

Nurse Valerie Dyer and Nurse Lucille Anderson in Call the Midwife

The Call the Midwife team has confirmed the return of Helen George as Nurse Trixie Franklin, announcing: “We’re delighted to confirm that our Trixie is back where she belongs for Christmas and the forthcoming series.”

Trixie was absent from much of the previous series as she sought recovery from her alcoholism (and as Helen George gave birth to her own child), but fans can look forward to seeing her back on the job.

Also returning are:

  • Leonie Elliott as Nurse Lucille Anderson
  • Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie Dyer
  • Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne
  • Laura Main as Shelagh Turner
  • Stephen McGann as Dr Patrick Turner
  • Max MacMillan as Timothy Turner
  • Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis Crane
  • Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan
  • Victoria Yeates as Sister Winifred
  • Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle
  • Annabelle Apison as Violet Buckle
  • Daniel Laurie as Reggie Jackson
  • Trevor Cooper as Sergeant Woolf

What will happen in the Call the Midwife Christmas special?

Call the Midwife - Daniel Laurie as Reggie

The arrival of Sister Mildred (Miriam Margolyes) at Nonnatus House comes with another surprise – as she brings with her four Chinese orphans.

The child refugees who accompany her had fled China and were found abandoned in Hong Kong. They are being adopted in the UK as part of the World Refugee Project, and their unexpected visit to Poplar brings joy and chaos in equal measure.

As the BBC has revealed, “the Christmas special also sees Trixie return to Poplar just in time to cover for the Sisters as they leave for the Mother House. The Order’s Mother Superior has been taken ill and a new spiritual leader needs to be elected. It soon becomes clear, much to Sister Julienne’s horror, that she is the favoured candidate to take over…”

What will happen in series 8 of Call the Midwife?

Behind the scenes on Call the Midwife series 8: Sixties summertime!Hello all!We just love this pic of Leonie Elliott…

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Series eight then moves into the spring of 1964. Anticipation is building for a new royal baby, and community-minded Violet is holding a Teddy Bears’ Picnic and raising funds through a competition on whether the Queen will have a boy or a girl.  

With the addition of the two new Sisters and the return of Trixie, Nonnatus House “feels full once more”. But when the midwives are introduced to their new midwifery bags, old Sister Monica Joan becomes distressed as her dementia takes a turn for the worse.

Creator Heidi Thomas said: “It is an immense privilege to be starting work on series eight of Call The Midwife, and we can’t wait to share the events of 1964 with our loyal and passionate audience.

“People often ask me how we can keep coming back year after year, but the answer is simple – we never run out of stories, and we never run out of love.”


Call the Midwife will return for Christmas 2018

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