Call the Midwife 2019 Christmas special – everything we know about their ‘magical’ Scottish adventure!

Watch out for those sheep! 'There's some babies! I have some scenes with a cow!,' teases Helen George, who plays Trixie

The countdown has begun to the Call the Midwife 2019 Christmas special and we know loads about it because filming has already been completed.

The BBC has also released a wonderful picture of the midwives getting tangled up with some very naughty sheep as they visit Scotland in a bus!

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Mother Mildred could have her hands full with all those sheep

So, what happens in the Call the Midwife 2019 Christmas special?

Well, Mother Mildred (played by the delightful Miriam Margolyes) decides to take the gang up to the Outer Hebrides.

You might wonder why they’re heading so far away from Nonnatus House, well apparently the islanders have a desperate lack of midwives and the team are there to help out.

Helen George, who plays Trixie, told This Morning: “We go up there because there’s a small community without any medical health care of advisors, nurses or doctors, and there’s a community in need so we go up and help in our own way.”

She added: “There’s some babies! I have some scenes with a cow!”

While the location maybe idyllic, the BBC reveals there will be plenty of problems for Mother Mildred and co.

Exposed to the elements, they operate in bleak conditions with limited access to water and electricity to help their patients, just in time to reconvene in Poplar for Christmas.”

Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas promises that it will be a “magical” adventure. And it seems that the Call the Midwife 2019 Christmas special will have a lighter and more comedic tone than the series that will follow in 2020, which sounds much darker.

The show’s executive producer, Dame Pippa Harris, adds that it will be “an exciting journey” for the midwives.

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When will the Call the Midwife 2019 Christmas special air?

Nothing has been officially confirmed yet by the BBC – we will update this article when it has. However, we expect it to be shown on Christmas Day.

And what about the new Call the Midwife series starting in 2020?

We know there will be eight episodes and it will open in January 1965 with the funeral of Winston Churchill.

The BBC teases: “As the tower blocks multiply, and a new East End rises from the ashes of the old, society becomes more prosperous, but more complex.

“Our familiar team of medics and midwives face unexpected challenges as the population shifts, rules change, and old diseases come back to haunt them. Alongside the joy and optimism of birth, they must cope with cases including diphtheria, drug abuse, cancer, tuberculosis, and fistula.”

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Filming on the new series finished recently. Jennifer Kirby (who plays Valerie), tweeted: “Last day of filming on series 9!!! Such wonderful things to show you this year”.

Who’s in the Call the Midwife 2019 Christmas special and the new series?

Cast for the new series include Jennifer, Miriam, Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica Joan), Fenella Woolgar (Sister Hilda), Ella Bruccoleri (Sister Frances), Helen George (Trixie), Laura Main (Shelagh Turner), Leonie Elliott (Lucille), Stephen McGann (Dr Turner), Cliff Parisi (Fred), Annabelle Apsion (Violet), Georgie Glen (Miss Higgins), Max Macmillan (Timothy), Trevor Cooper (Sgt Woolf) and Daniel Laurie (Reggie).

The Call the Midwife 2019 Christmas special is expected to air on BBC1 on Christmas Day.