The final two weeks of the year are upon us, and with them, the vacation end of the year hours and the holiday TV. Most British series that run Christmas specials overseas don't find their way over to the U.S. until long after the festive season has passed us by. They are usually tacked to the regular season to act as a winter-themed finale. But Call The Midwife remains the exception to the rule, with Christmas cheer that airs day and date over here on PBS.
Part of the reason for keeping Call The Midwife Christmas where it belongs is that, unlike other shows, the Christmas special frequently works as a lead-in to the new season. Due to its proximity to the show's usual January berth on the BBC schedule, airing only a week or two before the show starts, it doesn't work as a capper from the previous year. However, Season 10 arrived later than usual overseas and not until Fall on PBS, so one had to wonder if the new special will remain a set up for new drama?
The answer is yes. With the show moving back to January for 2022, the Christmas special will act as a Season 11 prequel rather than a Season 10 finale. And the new teaser promises it's a cozy one, filled with snow, presents, and a wedding.
Here's the synopsis for the special:
December 1966: Christmas promises to be a memorable one at Nonnatus House as Lucille and Cyril 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 is on hand to support the team.
The Christmas special is confirmed to bring back the entire cast. That includes Leonie Elliott (Lucille Anderson), Stephen McGann (Doctor Patrick Turner), Laura Main (Shelagh Turner), Linda Bassett (Phyllis Crane), Helen George (Trixie Franklin), Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica Joan), Ella Bruccoleri (Sister Frances), Cliff Parisi (Fred Buckle), Daniel Laurie (Reggie Buckle), and Zephryn Taitte (Cyril Robinson).
Some of those, like Miriam Margolyes' Mother Mildred, who was unexpectedly forced to sit out Season 10 due to travel restrictions and the ongoing lockdowns, are also making their triumphant return in this episode. All in all, not only will this be a cozy way to celebrate the holidays, but a good sign the entire cast was available for filming Season 11.
Call The Midwife's 2021 Holiday Special airs Christmas Day at 8 p.m. BT on BBC One and will be followed eight days later by the premiere of Season 11 on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, again at 8 p.m. local time. The special also premieres on most PBS stations on Christmas Day Saturday, Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. ET. The new season will follow here once its run ends in the U.K., beginning on Sunday, Mar. 20, at 8 p.m. ET. As always, check your local listings.