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A Seed of Joy at Christmas

Mites, Merriness and Midwives


With all the yuletide spirit you could ask for, BBC’s Call the Midwife returns to our screens with a beautiful festive special delivered this December as a prelude to series two in 2013.   
 
Described as a ‘labour of love’ by the producers, the show will once more ship us on a poignant nostalgic winter journey to 1950s Britain in this exclusive. After the success of series one, BBC again ties crying babies with farting nuns, anxious mothers with personified myrrh, in this beautiful emotive medical drama.
 
You can expect many laughs, but likewise, as in series one, the show laments on more serious topics and visits those whose vulnerability peaks particularly at Christmas. The rich mix of hilarity with moments in the narrative far less clear-cut is what makes the show so predominant, especially in this season.  
 
For those unfamiliar, Call the Midwife has something for everyone (not just those with baby hunger). This exclusive episode mimics the story of the nativity (in more ways than one…), so don’t be shocked if when watching you look over at dad and you share an awkward glance through tear-blurred eyes.
 
And you’re not alone. Jenny Agutter, who plays Sister Julienne, describes how the responsibility for maintaining character can be tested when all you want is to weep. For the realism of Call the Midwife is to such a dynamic that emotions pour over to behind the scenes, and each delivery influences a kind of stillness among the cast and crew.
 
Being aired on Christmas day at 19:45, Call the Midwife will grace our screens in a 75-minute episode. Following last year’s ratings battle between EastEnders and ITV’s Downton Abbey, BBC has pulled out all the stops. However the two channels are not forcing viewers to choose, with Downton commencing at 21:00.   
 
So don’t be on the naughty list, circle it in your TV guide. 

Words: Jack Pearson


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