Call the Midwife

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

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.

Watch the trailer for the holiday special for yourselves below:

Watch: First Trailer for the ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special is Here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are rapidly approaching, which means its time for an onslaught of excellent telly. And we’ve got a tremendous amount to look forward to – what with new episodes of Downton Abbey, Doctor Who and Sherlock all headed our way, plus new dramas like Death Comes to Pemberley, The Great Train Robbery and more.

One of the most highly anticipated bits of holiday programming this year is the Christmas episode from critically acclaimed drama Call the Midwife. We haven’t seen the ladies of Nonnantus House in almost a year, and fans everywhere have missed them. Luckily, we don’t have to wait too much longer. The BBC has released the first trailer for the Call the Midwife 2013 holiday special, set to air on Christmas Day in the UK, and just a few days later here in the US, on December 29.

And it looks wonderful.

Watch it for yourselves below.

Save the Date: 'Call the Midwife' Series 3 to Premiere on PBS Stations in March

Lots of good news for fans of period drama Call the Midwife – not only do we have the holiday special to look forward to this December (airing just a few short days after the UK broadcast!), we also have an official premiere date for the show’s third series. We’ll all officially head back to Nonnatus House beginning Sunday, March 30, 2014.

It’s okay if you need to take a minute to let the excitement out.

 

'Call the Midwife' 2013 Holiday Special to Air This December on PBS

While we’ve known for quite some time that the popular period drama Call the Midwife would be returning for a third series, we’ve been going for quite a few months now with little to no information beyond the fact that filming on the new season had begun, along with a quick snippet of new footage in a BBC drama trailer.

Well, rest easy, Midwife fans, we can now report that, well, there is news to report! It’s official: the Call the Midwife holiday special, slated to air Christmas Day in the UK, will be making its way Stateside just a few days later, on December 29, 2013. Mark your calendars and start your countdowns now.

Read on for more details - and a handful of new photos!

Another New BBC Drama Trailer Shows Snippets of 'Call the Midwife', 'Death Comes to Pemberley'

A new trailer has been released touting even more of the great “Original British Drama” we will be treated to thanks to the BBC in the coming months. This clip is the second in what appears to be a series – the network released a trailer a few weeks ago touting several of its most popular new and upcoming series’, including Sherlock, Ripper Street, The Musketeers and The Escape Artist, which, of course, all looked wonderful.

This second promotional effort focuses on an entirely different set of shows set to premiere in the coming months – which means we get our actual (albeit very brief) footage from the new series of both Call the Midwife and Last Tango in Halifax, as well as first looks at several new dramas, including Death Comes to Pemberley, The 7:39, Common and Truckers.

Watch for yourselves below – and get ready to get excited!

Filming Officially Begins on Call the Midwife Series 3

Filming officially kicked off on the third series of beloved drama Call the Midwife this week!

The cast, led by Jessica Raine, Helen George and Pam Ferris, will be back for another holiday installment this Christmas, followed by an eight-part third series that’s currently slated to air at some point in early 2014. Four female directors will also call the shots behind the camera this season, with The Hollow Crown’s Thea Sharrock and Miranda’s Juliet May joining the returning China Moo-Young and Minkie Spiro.

Written and created by Heidi Thomas, Call the Midwife has been the BBC’s biggest new drama series of the last decade, and its second series (which aired across the pond back in January) is still the UK’s highest rated drama of 2013 to date on any channel. Per the official press release, Series 3 will take us to 1959 and the eve of the “Swinging Sixties”. The winds of change that are blowing through the country will impact Nonnatus House as well, as its residents all wrestle with their own momentous changes.

And, in case you were worried about whether Miranda Hart would be back as fan favorite Chummy, well, it looks like you can rest easy...

The Best of Red Nose Day 2013: The Office, The Vicar of Dibley and More!

The BBC’s annual Red Nose Day charity telethon to benefit Comic Relief took place yesterday (March 15) and, just like every year, there were many hilarious gags and skits featured, all for a good cause. While my favorite Red Nose Day sketch of recent years is still probably the amazing Uptown Downstairs Abbey, there were some real winners this time around as well, most notably the returns of both The Office and The Vicar of Dibley, and a particularly hilarious mashup of Call the Midwife and Doctor Who.

Watch clips from my three favorite bits under the jump.

The First PBS Trailer for Call the Midwife Series 2 is Here!

The highly anticipated second series of hit period drama Call the Midwife will premiere in the US on March 31. (Our lucky friends across the pond are currently watching Series 2 as we speak and we are all very jealous of them, obviously.)

Happily, however, we’ve only got to wait a couple more weeks before we can return to Nonnatus House, and here’s your first look at the new season from PBS. Granted, this clip doesn’t show us very much in the way of storylines for the new season, but it’s still lovely to see some new footage, no matter how innocuous it may be.

'Call the Midwife' Renewed for Third Series and Christmas Special

Woohoo! It’s confirmed: Popular BBC drama Call the Midwife has been officially renewed for a third series by the BBC! We’ll be seeing a lot of the ladies of Nonnatus House in future - the series will return with another special holiday installment this Christmas, followed by an eight-part third season slated to screen at some point in 2014.

The period drama is the BBC’s biggest new drama series in the last decade, and it’s doubtful that anyone is surprised by its renewal. (The first episode of Series 2 scored the drama’s highest tune-in figures to date.) Per the official press release, Call the Midiwife Series 3 will take us to 1959 and the eve of the “Swinging Sixties”. The winds of change that are blowing through the country will impact Nonnatus House as well, as its residents all wrestle with their own momentous changes.

Interestingly enough: Call the Midwife’s run up to this point has been based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth - and by the time we get to Series 3, the show will have run out of stories to adapt. Showrunner Heidi Thomas, however, has said that Worth had already given her blessing for the show to move past her original stories before she died in 2011, so it seems a safe enough bet that someone will be found to pen new original adventures for Nurse Jenny Lee and company.

Series 2 is currently airing in the UK and will premiere here in America on March 31 on PBS stations nationwide. Though the series can occasionally toe the line of dangerously saccharine, it’s got a tremendous amount of charm and heart, as well as a great set of characters, so I’m personally pretty excited we’ve got more Midwife to look forward to. What about you? Pleased that we’ll get more time at Nonnatus House? Let us know in the comments.

Call the Midwife Set to Return to America for Christmas, Series 2 Premieres in the Spring

Santa is bringing a present a bit early to everyone that loves hit series Call the Midwife! It’s official: the period drama will be back on American televisions much sooner than almost anyone could have imagined, with a special Christmas installment premiering at the end of December and the highly anticipated second series set to bow in the Spring.

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 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. Check out the first PBS promo for the holiday special below and let us know what you think!

 

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