Call the Midwife: BBC teases Christmas Day special
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Call The Midwife returns to BBC One tonight (January 9) and the historical drama will introduce some poignant themes. In the second episode of the season, Sister Frances (played by Ella Bruccoleri) operates a cervical smear clinic alongside Dr Turner (Stephen McGann). Express.co.uk has all you need to know about what time the upcoming episode will air.
What time is Call the Midwife on tonight?
The 11th season of Call The Midwife is made up of eight episodes and they will all air weekly on Sundays.
In tonight’s episode, Sister Frances helps a married woman who receives a tragic diagnosis.
Elsewhere, a single mother expecting her fourth child is assisted by Lucille Robinson (Leonie Elliott).
The opinionated and outspoken Miss Higgins (Georgie Glen) moves into Nonnatus House after a difficult time.
However, she ends up getting on under everyone’s skin.
The hour-long episode will air on BBC One at 8pm and will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer afterwards.
The latest instalment comes after David Attenborough’s new nature series, The Green Planet.
It will be followed by the latest episode of The Tourist, at 9pm.
The current season is scheduled to air until February 20 and after this, fans will have to wait until the next Christmas special.
Lecturer in Midwifery at Birmingham City University, Ruby Handley-Stone, spoke to Express.co.uk about the season so far.
She said: “Several pertinent issues within midwifery were touched upon within the first episode and, I felt, did so with the utmost sensitivity.
“As a practising midwife, it was fantastic to see the compassion displayed from the midwives towards the women and their families involved.
“This ranged from acknowledging the importance of parents being able to hear the fetal heart, to supporting families in times of distress.
“The use of a pinnard in midwifery practice is still gold standard, however we are now able to offer the use of audible Sonicaid Dopplers to involve the parents in their care and provide reassurance in times of anxiety.
“When addressing the theme of concealed pregnancy, the story was tackled sensitively and highlighted the importance of midwives as advocates for women, recognising when mental ill-health can be a key factor in the wellbeing of parents following the birth of a child.
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“Although such issues would be dealt with significantly differently in contemporary society, due to modernised legal procedures, the key aspects of the role of a midwife remain as important as ever: compassion, communication, care and kindness.”
The opening episode included some emotional moments, including the return of Audrey (Kathryn Wilder) and Derek Fleming (Jack Colgrave Hirst).
Their first son, Christopher, died shortly after he was born and his legs had not formed properly.
Audrey was overcome with emotion as the birth of her second child took her back to those dark times.
Also, one mother suffering from severe mental health had concealed two pregnancies for years before the truth was discovered.
Fans have taken to Twitter to express their thoughts on the uplifting yet heartbreaking series.
Veronica said: “Can’t wait for #callthemidwife tonight. Last week’s was on top form.”
Vintage Accessories said: “The 1960’s is in full swing in the new series. As well as the hard hitting story lines, the costumes, sets and music choices are a tour de force #1960s #callthemidwife #poplar.” [Sic]
The official Twitter account for the series teased some of the plot, adding: “Hard reality intrudes upon a young couple’s plans.
“Will Janis’ marriage survive her bad news?”
Call The Midwife airs on Sundays on BBC One at 8pm.
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