Call the Midwife Christmas Special and Series 8 (2018)


Image of four of the Nurses and Midwives featuring in the Call the Midwife Special 2018

Nurses and Midwives featuring in the Call the Midwife Special 2018 ©BBC ONE

Writer: Heidi Thomas

Starring: Victoria Yeates, Jennifer Kirby, Leonie Elliot, Linda Bassett, Helen George, Jenny Agutter, Ella Bruccoleri, and Mirriam Margoyles

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The long running BBC period drama Call the Midwife is back! The series follows the lives of nurses & midwives working in the East End of London during the 1950s and 60s. Series 8 will begin with a Christmas Special on Christmas Day. The first official episode of series 8, consisting of eight episodes in total, will then air on Sunday 13th January 2019 on BBC One at 8pm. We can expect to see familiar faces along with some new characters as everyone tries to look forward following the tragedy which occurred at the end of the last series.

The Christmas Special for series 8 sees the usual team reunited with Victoria Yeates (Sister Winifred), Jennifer Kirby (Nurse Valerie Dyer), Leonie Elliott (Nurse Lucille Anderson), and Linda Bassett  (Nurse Phyllis Crane). As well as Helen George (Nurse Trixie Franklin), Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), and newcomer Ella Bruccoleri (Sister Frances), and guest-star Miriam Margoyles (Sister Mildred).

In line with the previous series, Call the Midwife will continue to make use of the settings of The Historic Dockyard in Chatham. Various locations around the Dockyard featured heavily in the series. For example, Anchor Wharf which featured as the dockyard, the Ropery streets which featured as streets in Poplar, Admirals Offices as Maternity Home, the exterior of the Ropery as a Paint Factory, South end Ropery were used in driving scenes for Sargent Wolf, and Hemp House cellars as the Sings basement flat.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location and has been featured in many other productions throughout the years, including Vanity Fair (2018), Suffragette (2015), Mr Selfridge Series 4 (2016), Victor Frankenstein (2015) to name but a few.

The Christmas Special will air on Tuesday 25th December BBC One at 7.45pm.


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