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'Call the Midwife' Holiday Special 2018 Recap

Fred Buckle (CLIFF PARISI) drives his rocket sleigh through Poplar as his wife Violet (ANNABELLE APSION) looks on (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Production/BBC)

Happy Christmas! If you're reading this, you must have just recently watched the latest Call the Midwife holiday special, most likely while enjoying a lovely cuppa with a delicious mince pie or piece of snowman cake. Our friends from Poplar encountered adversity this Christmas season, but kindness and joy outweighed the sorrow.

This holiday season, the Nonnatus Sisters returned to the Mother House to choose a new spiritual leader, care for some newly arrived orphans and help a former resident reunite with her only living family. Meanwhile Trixie came back to Poplar, fashionable as ever and ready to care for her patients better than any hospital. Read on for the rest of the details...

Get a Look Behind the Scenes at 'Call the Midwife' Season 8

It;s a baby boom for Nurse Anderson (Leonie Elliott), Dr. Turner (Stephen McGann), Nurse Turner (Laura Main), Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) and Nurse Dyer (Jennifer Kirby)  in the "Call the Midwife" Season 7 finale (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions)

Though we’re still a few months from the return of popular period drama Call the Midwife, filming on its upcoming season has been underway since May.

The drama was renewed through Season 9 back when it was only airing Season 6, so we haven’t – and won’t – need to worry about its fate for some time. (It honestly feels like a show that could go for as long as they can keep updating the cast every few years.)

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7 Episode 8

It;s a baby boom for Nurse Anderson (Leonie Elliott), Dr. Turner (Stephen McGann), Nurse Turner (Laura Main), Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) and Nurse Dyer (Jennifer Kirby)  (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions)

In the penultimate episode of Season 7, viewers endured the emotional rollercoaster of serious illness and the untimely death of Nurse Barbara Hereward played by Charlotte Ritchie. Other things happened which you can review here in our full recap, but mainly it was this tragedy and the tear-jerking aftermath that dominated episode seven.

This week we braced ourselves for an emotional Call the Midwife season finale. And while Barbara’s funeral was surprisingly brief, the episode was chockablock with new babies, a birthday celebration, a historical tragedy and poignant moments that honored our dearly departed midwife beautifully.

"Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 7

Laura Main as Shelagh Turner Photo: Neal Street Productions)

Before we face the unbearable sadness of this week’s Call the Midwife, let’s recall how we got to this heartbreaking state of affairs in the first place. You may remember there was the mother on a crusade against Valerie’s health and relationship (aka sex education) class and Sister Monica Joan’s delightful cataract surgery adventure where she made a surprising new friend. But it was Barbara Hereward’s unceasing dedication to the Davidson family through a whirlwind of unexpected death, fire and the birth of twins that contributed to the health crisis the midwife found herself in at the end of the episode. (Need more details? Our full recap of Episode 6 is right here.) 

This week, Patrick helps a bullied juvenile offender, Lucille finds a new circle of friends and Barbara's battle with meningitis and a blood infection turns tragic.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 6

Barbara Hereward (Charlotte Ritchie) with new patient Pearl Davidson (Kelly Campbell) (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017

Previously on Call the Midwife…Amidst plans for a Poplar charity picnic, Trixie made her temporary exit while Barbara and Tom returned from their assignment in Birmingham. Nurse Anderson helped an expectant mother face a traumatic fear and an ill sailor who caused a health scare was rescued by Reggie and Nurse Crane. All rest of the details from Episode 5 can be found here.

This time around, the midwives and their friends rally behind families who have lost a great deal.  Meanwhile, Monica Joan gets a new lease on life at the same time Barbara faces a serious infection.

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