WATCH: The PBS Preview for the 'Call the Midwife' Holiday Special

Holiday festivities in Poplar (Photo: Photo: Neal Street Productions)
Holiday festivities in Poplar (Photo: Photo: Neal Street Productions)
Get ready to head back to Nonnatus House – we’re just a few short days away from the Call the Midwife holiday special! And, to celebrate, PBS has released the first US preview for the popular 1950s period drama.

And, from the looks of things, we can expect more of the show’s trademark mix of heartfelt humor and emotion.

In 1958 Poplar, the holidays are not just about the opening of presents, but also about the closing of deep wounds. Although the weather is unseasonably mild for this time of year, the lives of the midwives are anything but calm. Jenny’s relationship with Alec continues to blossom and Shelagh’s (formerly Sister Bernadette) quiet wedding to Dr. Turner is underway.

When a thousand-pound explosive is discovered, the district is evacuated and the Nonnatus House team is quick to take charge to ensure that the community is safe and warm. Always one to keep spirits high, Chummy decides to forge ahead with the Cubs Christmas party. However, just when the community’s holiday spirit is renewed, Poplar faces an outbreak of polio, with the repercussions of the illness affecting the nurses and nuns more than they could have ever imagined.

Watch the trailer for the holiday special for yourselves below:

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This holiday-themed installment will air on Christmas Day in the UK and on December 29 here in the States on PBS stations nationwide. (DC locals: It’ll be on WETA UK that night. Set your DVRs!)

And don’t worry – we won’t have to wait long for even more drama from the ladies at Nonnatus House. Call the Midwife’s highly anticipated third season will air this winter in England and in March on PBS, taking us to the eve of the Swinging Sixties, and the beginning of a tremendous amount of social change for everyone.  More news on that as we have it.

Are you looking forward to more Call the Midwife? What’s on your wishlist for the new episodes?

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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