The 75-minute Call the Midwife holiday episode is scheduled to air on Christmas Day in the UK and will premiere here in America on Sunday, December 30. This is extremely exciting news, as this means we’ll all only have to avoid reviews and spoilers (and Twitter and Facebook and the internet generally) for a few days before we can see it for ourselves. Huzzah!
In the Christmas special, newly married Chummy (Miranda Hart) and Nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) are hard at work during their first Christmas in Nonnatus House. As nurses and nuns minister to an abandoned newborn and search for the mother, Jenny tries to find the children of an elderly vagrant and Chummy plans an ambitious nativity play. It looks like another wonderful installment of a series that somehow manages to exude genuine charm and heart rather than gross sentimentalism (not always a given when dealing with this sort of subject matter).
Furthermore, viewers can look forward to seeing even more of the women of Nonnatus House this Spring, as Series 2 of Call the Midwife will bow at 8pm on Sunday, March 31, just before the Masterpiece premiere of Mr. Selfridge starring Entourage’s Jeremy Piven. (So, there’s yet another bit of quality drama to look forward to in the coming months!) The second series will feature eight episodes (up from Series 1’s six) and the lag time between UK and US transmission is much, much shorter this time around. A positive trend? Let us hope so! More information about Series 2 should start surfacing over the next few weeks as UK promotion gets under way.
“We were so pleased with the overwhelming response we received to Call the Midwife that we, along with our fans, can’t wait until the second season premiere,” said John F. Wilson, Senior Vice President & Chief TV Programming Executive, in a press release. “It’s exactly the kind of inventive, quality programming people expect from PBS, and it has helped us strengthen our Sunday night programming block into a true destination for drama fans.”
Watch the new PBS promo for the Call the Midwife Christmas special below.
Are you pleased that the series will be back so soon? What would you like to see in Series 2? (Besides more Chummy, of course!)