Call the midwife FIRST VIEW: Nonnatus House sets off to film the Christmas special

Call the obstetrician FIRST LOOK: Nonnatus House faces a VERY woolly roadblock while they are on their way to film the special Christmas film

Call The Midwife started filming for the last Christmas special, just a few months after the BBC confirmed it had been renewed until 2022.

A first glance at the extended episode shows how the poplar caretakers are blocked by a few woolly newcomers, while they leave London for a trip to the countryside.

It is because it seems that the cast of the show from the Eighth series will return to the latest special, following the explosive finale that sentenced nurse Valerie Dyer's grandmother to six years in prison.

First look: Call The Midwife has started filming his latest Christmas special and a first quick hint indicates that Nonnatus House will face a woolly roadblock during a trip to the countryside

First look: Call The Midwife has started filming his latest Christmas special and a first quick hint indicates that Nonnatus House will face a woolly roadblock during a trip to the countryside

In a flash, it seems that the Poplar team has been thwarted on a journey by a series of sheep as they embark on a mystery journey outside the busy East End.

A large part of the show's main cast can be seen in the snap, including the recent newcomer Mother Mildred (played by Miriam Margolyes).

The appearance of Nurse Dyer (played by Jennifer Kirby and seen as the second left in the cut) will be a relief for many fans, after the imprisonment of her grandmother led many to wonder if she would leave the show.

Dramatic: it is after the BBC has confirmed that the show will remain in the air until 2022, after it has been renewed for another two series (above of the Christmas Special 2018)

Dramatic: it is after the BBC has confirmed that the show will remain in the air until 2022, after it has been renewed for another two series (above of the Christmas Special 2018)

Dramatic: it is after the BBC has confirmed that the show will remain in the air until 2022, after it has been renewed for another two series (above of the Christmas Special 2018)

This year's Christmas Special is expected to bring the show in 1965, after the BBC confirmed in March that Call The Midwife would stay in the air until at least 2022.

Executive producer Dame Pippa Harris praised the & # 39; extraordinary creativity & # 39; from writer Heidi Thomas and said: & # 39; We are happy and humiliated by the continued warmth of the audience's reaction. & # 39;

The renewal of the show also means that it will continue until 1967, the year in which the termination of unwanted pregnancies took place in England, Scotland and Wales through the abortion law.

Dark: the latest series returned to the problem of illegal backstreet abortions, as the show will continue throughout history until 1967, the year in which abortion was legalized

Dark: the latest series returned to the problem of illegal backstreet abortions, as the show will continue throughout history until 1967, the year in which abortion was legalized

Dark: the latest series returned to the problem of illegal backstreet abortions, as the show will continue throughout history until 1967, the year in which abortion was legalized

The show has never shrunk from difficult subjects, returning to the controversial subject of backstreet abortions in this past series.

After touching this earlier in the series, a series eighth plot described the death of a woman forced to undergo the procedure illegally after being rejected by her doctor.

The tragic storyline consisted of uplifting, pro-choice speeches from a number of characters, while the program investigated the legalization of abortion – with mother-of-two Jeannie, played by Molly Chesworth, too scared to tell her husband and doctor that she visited an illegal abortionist.

Call The Midwife returns in early 2020 for the Series Nine. The Christmas Special is expected on BBC One on Christmas Day.

Amazing: the last series also saw the introduction of Mother Mildred, played by the beloved actress Miriam Margolyes

Amazing: the last series also saw the introduction of Mother Mildred, played by the beloved actress Miriam Margolyes

Amazing: the last series also saw the introduction of Mother Mildred, played by the beloved actress Miriam Margolyes

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