BBC teases return of 'Call the Midwife' with first look at Christmas special

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'Call the Midwife' is coming back this year for its annual Christmas episode. (BBC)
'Call the Midwife' is coming back this year for its annual Christmas episode. (BBC)

The BBC is bringing back Call the Midwife for its annual festive special this Christmas — and they've treated us to a first look at the show's return.

The show's official social media accounts shared snowy images of Reggie (Daniel Laurie) and Lucille (Leonie Elliott), with the former seemingly wearing pyjamas.

They confirmed that this year's special will air over the Christmas period, with a new series of the show due to arrive in 2022.

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In a post on Facebook, the show wrote: "Of course, we're not going to tell you what happens in this episode, except to say that our own lovely Lucille has a LOT to prepare for.

"We are all very proud of this year's Christmas episode, and just can't WAIT for you to see it."

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The post included a series of wedding emojis after the comment about Lucille, hinting at upcoming matrimony for the popular character, who has been part of the programme since 2018.

Reggie, meanwhile — played by actor Daniel Laurie, who has Down's Syndrome — was introduced in the sixth series in 2017.

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Call the Midwife aired its 10th series earlier this year, set in a London nursing convent during the 1960s.

The cast still includes Jenny Agutter and Judy Parfitt, who have been key characters since the first series of the show aired back in 2012.

'Call the Midwife' aired its tenth series on the BBC in 2021. (Nealstreet Productions/Laura Radford/BBC)
'Call the Midwife' aired its tenth series on the BBC in 2021. (Nealstreet Productions/Laura Radford/BBC)

There has been some speculation about the future of Call the Midwife this week, given the home of its production — Longcross Studios in Surrey — has been purchased by Netflix.

A spokesperson for Nealstreet Productions, which makes the show, told The Times it is having "ongoing conversations" with Netflix in the hope of securing an agreement for future filming.

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Call the Midwife certainly has a future in the eyes of the BBC, which has already given the green light for a 12th and 13th series.

The show has already earned multiple awards, including at the National Television Awards and TV Choice Awards, as well as securing several Bafta nominations.

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