Call the Midwife series 4 trailer: Downton Abbey stars, social scandal and a proposal for Trixie

New footage from Call the Midwife's fourth series reveals engagement rings, new arrivals and an appearance from former Downton Abbey actress Cara Theobold

Congratulations, it’s series four. Bravo, old thing. 


We’ve waited patiently for nine whole months, and we’ve been rewarded mightily. First, by an emotional festive special, and now with an entire eight-episode series of Call the Midwife, starting on Sunday 18th January at 8:00pm.

We’ve already taken a look at the new nurses joining Nonnatus, as well as had a sneaky peak at episode one. But now those jolly chaps over at BBC1 have given us a trailer to ponder over. 

As usual there are lots of brand new babies and stiff upper lips, but the 40-second clip also reveals tears, pain and social scandal. We get a glimpse of Nurse Barbara Gilbert’s (Charlotte Ritchie) arrival in Poplar – and her first attempt to ride a bicycle over cobbles.

Nurse Phyllis Crane (Linda Bassett) also makes an appearance to comfort a distressed Barbara while steely sister Evangelina suffers with an unknown pain and the midwives deal with a difficult birth. 

The trailer even features a little glimpse of Downton Abbey alumnus Cara Theobold (aka kitchenmaid Ivy Stuart). She’s swapped the Abbey’s kitchens for Poplar and a role playing a pregnant mum who finds out her husband has been “caught with another man”… 

But the most exciting news of all? Is that an engagement ring we spy, Trixie? 


Call the Midwife returns to BBC1 on 18th January at 8:00pm