Call the Midwife fans will be delighted to learn they will be getting a Christmas special to keep them entertained as they wait for the new series.


Trixie Franklin (played by Helen George) and Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott) will be returning to the ward for what's been described as "their busiest Christmas Day ever".

There's also the welcomed return of Miriam Margolyes' Mother Mildred , who's reprising her role following her absence in season 10.

Judging by the images already released by the BBC, Poplar's nurses are ready to spread some Christmas cheer - and we simply can't wait.

Without further ado, read on for your guide to the Call the Midwife Christmas special, set to air on Christmas Day.

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Call the Midwife Christmas 2021 special release date

Call the Midwife has become a regular fixture of the Christmas Day TV schedule in recent years.

The Christmas 2021 special will air BBC One on 25th December 2021 at 8pm – and keep us happy until the show returns for its 11th season in 2022.

However, with timing yet to be confirmed viewers will have to wait for more information.

Season 11, which has now completed filming, is expected to air soon after in January 2022.

Call the Midwife Christmas 2021 special plot

The official BBC synopsis reads: "Series 11 begins with a Christmas special set in December 1966. 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."

Posting on the Instagram account for the show, the team behind the drama shared a photo of Reggie (played by Daniel Laurie) and Lucille (played by Leonie Elliott) back in September 2021.

"We have questions... "Reggie... are those pyjamas you're wearing... in snow?? Does that snowman have pointy ears? How adorable is Lucille in green!!" the caption read.

"Of course, we're not going to tell you what happens in this episode, except to say that our own lovely Lucille has a LOT to prepare for… We are all very proud of this year's Christmas episode, and just can't WAIT for you to see it!"

Call the Midwife Christmas 2021 special cast

Call the Midwife Christmas 2021 special

All of the familiar faces are expected to return for the Call the Midwife Christmas special including Leonie Elliott (Lucille Anderson), Stephen McGann (Doctor Patrick Turner), Helen George (Trixie Franklin) and Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne).

Fans can also look forward to seeing a beloved face for the special, it has been revealed.

Miriam Margolyes will be reprising her role as Sister Mildred in the special, following her absence from the 10th season.

The actress was forced to take a break from Call the Midwife earlier in 2021 after COVID-19 travel restrictions prevented her from getting back to the UK for filming.

Call the Midwife Christmas 2021 special trailer

Sadly, a trailer is yet to be released.

Fans can expect to see a preview of the special some time in December 2021.

Watch this space!

The Call the Midwife Christmas special will likely air on 25th December 2021 on BBC One ahead of season 11 premiering in 2022.


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