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Call The Midwife Holiday Special 2015

Nurse Patsy Mount (Emerald Fennell), Nurse Barbara Gilbert (Charlotte Ritchie) and Nurse Trixie Franklin (Helen George) celebrate the holidays.
Courtesy of © Neal Street Productions 2015/ Nicky Johnson
Nurse Patsy Mount (Emerald Fennell), Nurse Barbara Gilbert (Charlotte Ritchie) and Nurse Trixie Franklin (Helen George) celebrate the holidays.

Airs Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

’Tis the season for PBS to bring plenty of holiday cheer with an exciting December schedule, including a special holiday episode from the critically acclaimed British drama CALL THE MIDWIFE on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 at 9 p.m. The “CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL” will lead the way to the fifth season of the hit drama, which returns to PBS in spring 2016.

Nurse Barbara Gilbert (Charlotte Ritchie), Nurse Trixie Franklin (Helen George) and Nurse Patsy Mount (Emerald Fennell) celebrate the holidays.
Courtesy of © Neal Street Productions 2015/ Nicky Johnson
Nurse Barbara Gilbert (Charlotte Ritchie), Nurse Trixie Franklin (Helen George) and Nurse Patsy Mount (Emerald Fennell) celebrate the holidays.

Meet The Characters

CALL THE MIDWIFE is a moving and intimate story of midwifery in London’s East End in the 1950s and 60s. Meet the characters that make this series so special.

Get Your Copy

CALL THE MIDWIFE (Season 5) will be available in 2016 on DVD and Blu-ray. Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4 are now available on DVD and Blu-ray on shopPBS.org. Additional items, including Jennifer Worth’s memoirs, published by Penguin Books, and "The Life and Times of Call the Midwife," published by Harper Collins, are also available.

Pippa Harris, executive producer for Neal Street Productions, said: “Heidi Thomas has written our most moving and enjoyable Holiday Special to date, filled with festive cheer, snow and, of course, newborn babies. We’re delighted that together with PBS we can share this holiday treat with all our U.S. fans.”

Festive spirit is in plentiful supply as Poplar gets ready for the holidays. A trip to see the Regent Street lights and a visit from a BBC film crew promise to make this 1960 Christmas one to remember. As the community pulls together to prepare for the televised carol concert, Nonnatus is rocked to the core when one of its own goes missing, causing a full-scale manhunt. Meanwhile an unexpected surprise for a grieving mother may help bring the Christmas magic home.

“CALL THE MIDWIFE continues to be a fan favorite among our PBS viewers, and the upcoming Christmas episode is sure to please our audiences,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “We are thankful to Neal Street, who continue to be our partners on the series, and together we are excited to present our holiday programming.”

CALL THE MIDWIFE is a moving and intimate story of midwifery in London’s East End in the 1950s and 60s. Audiences can expect both laughter and tears in the upcoming Season 5, along with new challenges and enchanting emotional stories celebrating the people of Poplar and the much-loved residents of Nonnatus House.

CALL THE MIDWIFE stars Jenny Agutter (“The Railway Children,” SPOOKS) as Sister Julienne, Pam Ferris (LITTLE DORRIT, DARLING BUDS OF MAY) as Sister Evangelina, Judy Parfitt (LITTLE DORRIT, "Girl With a Pearl Earring"), who was nominated for a 2013 Satellite Award for her work as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George (HOLLYOAKS, DOCTORS) as Trixie Franklin, Bryony Hannah ("Cemetery Junction") as Sister Mary Cynthia, Emerald Fennell ("Anna Karenina") as Patsy Mount, Stephen McGann (THE BILL) as Dr. Patrick Turner, Jack Ashton (BROADCHURCH) as Tom Hereward, Ben Caplan (JUDGE JOHN DEED) as Sergeant Noakes, Laura Main (“Monarch of the Glen”) as Shelagh, Cliff Parisi (EASTENDERS) as Fred, Linda Bassett (“East Is East,” LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD) as Nurse Phyllis Crane and Charlotte Ritchie (LIFE OF RILEY, FRESH MEAT) as Nurse Barbara Gilbert. Vanessa Redgrave provides the voice of the mature Jennifer Worth.

CALL THE MIDWIFE is created and written by Heidi Thomas; executive producers are Pippa Harris and Heidi Thomas. The series is a Neal Street Production for BBC/PBS.

Past episodes from this series are available for online viewing. CALL THE MIDWIFE is on Facebook.