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Call The Midwife Special

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Dec 27, 2012 9:55 AM
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Sunday at 7:30pm witf presents Call The Midwife Holiday Special.  This special presentation of the hit drama paves the way for the second season which will come to witf later in March. 

In this special, newly married Chummy and Nurse Jenny Lee are hard at work during their first Christmas in Nonnatus House. As the nurses, nuns and community members come together this holiday season, nothing rings more true in Poplar than the virtues of charity and hope. The holidays are swiftly approaching and the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House are busier than ever. When a young girl gives birth in secret and leaves the baby on the steps of Nonnatus House, the nurses pull together with the community to care for the newborn and find his mother. Meanwhile, Nurse Jenny Lee looks after Mrs. Jenkins, an elderly vagrant who has lost everything.

Call The Midwife is a Neal Street production for BBC. Executive produced by Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, “The Hollow Crown”) and Heidi Thomas, the series is produced by Hugh Warren (“Survivors”).

Based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, Call The Midwife is a moving and intimate story of midwifery in London’s East End in the 1950s. The first season followed a young Jenny Lee as she and her fellow midwives, attached to an order of nursing nuns, navigated life on the crowded streets of East End London. Season one premiered on witf this past fall. You can catch an encore presentation of the first season Thursday nights at 10pm beginning January 24th. Season two premiers on witf on March 31st. 

Call The Midwife stars Jessica Raine as Jenny Lee, along with Jenny Agutter (“The Railway Children,” “Spooks”) as Sister Julienne, Pam Ferris (“Little Dorrit,” “Darling Buds of May”) as Sister Evangelina, Miranda Hart (“Miranda”) as Chummy, Judy Parfitt (“Little Dorrit,” Girl with a Pearl Earring) as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George (“Hollyoaks,” “Doctors”) as Trixie Franklin, Bryony Hannah (Cemetery Junction) as Cynthia Miller, Laura Main (“Monarch of the Glen”) as Sister Bernadette and Cliff Parisi (“East Enders”) as Fred. Vanessa Redgrave provides the voice of the mature Jennifer.

Join witf for the Call The Midwife Holiday Special Sunday December 30th at 7:30pm.

witf invites you to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; hear diverse viewpoints; and take front-row seats to world-class drama and performances. Viewer contributions are an important source of funding, making PBS programs possible. PBS and public television stations offer all Americans from every walk of life the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Make an investment in witf today to ensure quality programming like Call The Midwife continues on this vital community asset.  With your generous donation, witf can thank you the following special thank you items:

  • "The Life and Times of Call the Midwife", the official book companion to Seasons One and Two for $85.00
  • The DVD set of Season One of Call The Midwife for $150.00
  • A combo package of the Book and DVDs of Call The Midwife for $250.00

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