‘Call the Midwife’ Returns for Holiday Special and Second Season

The acclaimed mini-series Call the Midwife based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth about 1950s midwives in the East End of London, which was created for television and written by Heidi Thomas (‘Upstairs Downstairs’ and ‘Cranford’), will be back for a holiday special next month and a second season on BBC One (in the United Kingdom) early next year.

Christmas is coming and in Poplar the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House are busier than ever. When an abandoned baby is discovered on the steps of the convent, the whole community rallies round to provide food and clothing and to try and trace his mother.

Nurse Jenny Lee (series lead Jessica Raine), meanwhile, gets caught up in the heart-breaking mystery which surrounds an elderly, semi-vagrant local woman, Mrs. Jenkins (guest star Sheila Reid). For newly married Chummy (Miranda Hart), other challenges await, as she pulls out all the stops to mount a truly memorable children’s nativity play.

The second season (or second series as it is known in the U.K.) will consist of eight episodes and will see the return of all its well-loved characters as well as some new faces.

Nonnatus House continues to follow Poplar’s community of exceptional midwives and nursing nuns, staying true to its roots and viewers can expect to see more births, babies and bicycling plus blossoming romance from an unexpected quarter.

Airdates have not officially been announced for the holiday episode or the second season of ‘Call the Midwife’ for the U.K. viewers or for the viewers here in the States, but rumor has it that the Christmas special could air on your local PBS station (here in America) on Sunday, December 30 while the second season is anticipated for later in 2013 after it airs in the U.K.