Ch. 5.1 – Sunday, December 30, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Tuesday, January 1 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Season 1 – The Hit Drama Will Encore Sundays at 7:00 pm,
Beginning January 13
Season 2 – Premieres in March 2013!
As the nurses, nuns and community members come together this holiday season, nothing rings more true in Poplar than the virtues of charity and hope. In the special, the holidays are swiftly approaching and the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House are busier than ever.
When a young girl gives birth in secret and leaves the baby on the steps of Nonnatus House, the nurses pull together with the community to care for the newborn and find his mother. Meanwhile, Nurse Jenny Lee looks after Mrs. Jenkins, an elderly vagrant who has lost everything. And newly married Chummy spreads holiday cheer, bringing the children of Poplar together for a nativity play to remember.
Written by Heidi Thomas (“Cranford,” “Upstairs Downstairs”) and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe (“Five Daughters”) and Jamie Payne (“The Hour”), CALL THE MIDWIFE completed its first season in the U.S. in early November. In its UK debut, the series attracted 11.4 million viewers for its peak episode, making it the highest-rated BBC new drama launch on record; audiences and critics in the U.S. were equally effusive, with the Washington Post hailing it “absorbing and inspiring” and the Los Angeles Times saying it is “lovely and engaging.” TV Guide simply proclaimed it a “keeper.”
Based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, CALL THE MIDWIFE is a moving and intimate story of midwifery in London’s East End in the 1950s. The first season followed a young Jenny Lee as she and her fellow midwives, attached to an order of nursing nuns, navigated life on the crowded streets of East End London.
CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL will be available for viewing on the PBS Video Portal for 30 days after national broadcast.