The Call the Midwife Holiday Special airs Sunday,
December 30th at 6:30 p.m. on WTVP-HD.
– CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL will pave the way for a second season of the hit drama, which returns
to PBS beginning March 31st for a full run. –
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 10.7 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.”
CALL THE MIDWIFE is a Neal Street production for BBC. Executive produced by
Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, “The Hollow Crown”) and Heidi Thomas, the series is produced by
Hugh Warren (“Survivors”).
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 stars Jessica Raine as Jenny Lee, along with Jenny Agutter
(“The Railway Children,” “Spooks”) as Sister Julienne, Pam Ferris (“Little Dorrit,” “Darling Buds of May”)
as Sister Evangelina, Miranda Hart (“Miranda”) as Chummy, Judy Parfitt (“Little Dorrit,” Girl with a
Pearl Earring) as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George (“Hollyoaks,” “Doctors”) as Trixie Franklin, Bryony
Hannah (Cemetery Junction) as Cynthia Miller, Laura Main (“Monarch of the Glen”) as Sister Bernadette
and Cliff Parisi (“East Enders”) as Fred. Vanessa Redgrave provides the voice of the mature Jennifer.
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About Neal Street Productions
Neal Street Productions was formed in 2003 by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Caro Newling. The company has
been successful in film, theatre and television with hit movies including Revolutionary Road,
Jarhead and Starter for Ten. Their upcoming contemporary British thriller, Blood,
starring Paul Bettany and Mark Strong, will be released in March 2013. Their diverse television slate
includes the award-winning “Stuart A Life Backwards,” with Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch, and the
hugely successful CALL THE MIDWIFE, which proved to be a ratings smash hit in the UK. This
summer, they produced the critically acclaimed “The Hollow Crown” — a series of Shakespeare films for the
BBC/PBS — starring Ben Whishaw, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons. A second series of CALL THE
MIDWIFE is in production, and a new series, “The Flavia de Luce Mysteries,” based on the books by
Alan Bradley, is being developed for the BBC. On the theatre side, they have produced The Bridge Project,
Shrek the Musical, South Downs & The Browning Version, Enron, Three Days of Rain
and are currently working on a new West End musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by
Sam Mendes, which will make its world premiere in June 2013.
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