First look at Call the Midwife Christmas special with more babies than ever before

It’s become a must-watch in the Christmas TV schedule, so Call the Midwife fans will be thrilled to hear a first-look trailer has been released to show viewers what they can expect.

The anticipated episode, which will once again air on Christmas day on BBC One, will pick up with the much-loved characters in the sixties, as two central characters, Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliot) and Cyril Robinson (Zephryn Taitte), prepare to tie the knot.

Elsewhere, true to form, the ninety-minute special instalment will see the nurses and nuns of Nonnatus House coming together to help deliver even more babies than they’ve ever had to before.

Jenny Agutter, who plays Sister Julienne, explains while dressed in character in a full habit: “The Christmas special saw more babies being born than usual so it was a very, very busy time.”

These include Sister Frances' (Ella Bruccoleri) first breech delivery – a huge moment for the character as she herself was born in the breech position.

Ella says: “She’s been building up to the first time doing it and she has to do it with very little help, so it’s kind of a big deal.”

Another standout moment will see actress Miriam Margoyles making her comeback as Mother Superior, Mother Mildred.

The trailer sees her returning to Poplar on a milk float as she’s greeted by Sister Julienne, who says: “Welcome Mother Mildred, my dear sister.”

Jenny continues: “And, of course, we had Miriam Margoyles arriving out of the blue, on a milk float of all things!”

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While the Christmas special is a huge fan favourite, it seems it has also snuck its way into the stars’ hearts over the years.

Actor Cliff Parisi, who plays Fred Buckle, speaks on behalf of the entire cast as he reveals the joy it brings to them each year.

He says: “I always love the Christmas episodes.”

The former EastEnders continued: “Everyone puts their best clothes on and we all brush up nicely and we all get together and have a little Christmas mince pie and sherry.

"It's nice and the atmosphere goes through the cast and we all really experience this lovely make-believe Christmas set in the sixties and it's quite magical.”

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