Call the Midwife (2012– )
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Christmas Special 

Nonnatus House and the surrounding area is evacuated when an unexploded bomb is found nearby. Meanwhile, Shelagh has doubts about her wedding to Patrick, and Jenny and Trixie help a man who is suffering from shell shock.


Thea Sharrock


Jennifer Worth (based on the memoirs of), Heidi Thomas (created and written by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Mature Jenny (voice)
Cliff Parisi ... Fred Buckle
Jessica Raine ... Jenny Lee
Ben Caplan ... PC Peter Noakes
Bryony Hannah ... Cynthia Miller
Pam Ferris ... Sister Evangelina
Stephen McGann ... Dr. Patrick Turner
Judy Parfitt ... Sister Monica Joan
Miranda Hart ... Chummy Noakes
Helen George ... Trixie Franklin
Leo Staar ... Alec Jesmond
Laura Main ... Shelagh Turner / Sister Bernadette
Jenny Agutter ... Sister Julienne
Victoria Bewick Victoria Bewick ... Yvonne Bridges
Sam Swainsbury ... Alan Bridges


As Christmas and the wedding of Dr Turner to Shelagh, the former Sister Bernadette, approach an unexploded World War Two bomb is discovered in the area, requiring the residents to be evacuated overnight to the working men's club, where the nurses take charge. Among the evacuees are young marrieds the heavily pregnant Yvonne and her husband Alan for whom the bomb recalls terrifying memories of hand to hand combat in the Korean war. He is psychologically damaged and Trixie, her own father having suffered from shell shock, empathizes. Despite opposition from the nuns she and Jenny ensure that Alan is present at his child's birth to make him feel wanted and give him confidence. Further anxiety is caused by a polio outbreak with the doctor's son Timothy among the victims but there are no fatalities and the bomb is detonated. It does however destroy the convent and new premises are found as nuns and nurses finally attend the wedding. Written by don @ minifie-1

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29 December 2013 (USA) See more »

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[first lines]
Mature Jenny: [narrating] At Christmas we like to see things in their proper place. We unwrap the ancient legends and the oldest truths. We like our angels unchanged and our rituals familiar. We like the right faces around the table, the right carols to be sung, the promise that this is how it is and will always be. Because that is Christmas. The one still point in a world forever turning.
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »


Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Brenda Lee
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