Call the Midwife filming postponed

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of April 13, 2020

Tea Time Tidbit

A past Christmas Special

Round about this time of year, while we’re enjoying watching Call the Midwife in the U.S., the cast and crew are busy working on the Christmas Special episode and the next series. Not this year though. Earlier last month, producers announced that filming had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement was made by the series Executive Producer, Dame Pippa Harris.

“Very sadly, we have had to postpone the filming of this year’s Call the Midwife Christmas Special and series 10,” said Dame Pippa. Adding that “our priority is the safety of our amazing cast and crew, and we don’t believe that shooting at the current time is feasible or responsible.”

Dame Pippa assured fans of the series that the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House would soon “be back on their bikes, bringing babies into the world and joy into your living rooms.”

It’s not known yet when filming for the tenth season will resume, but the script for the Christmas Special was written a while ago and the series creator Heidi Thomas has already revealed where the special will be taking place.

“We are not going anywhere cold, we are not going anywhere wet, we’re not going anywhere far away,” said Thomas, “and there will be snow and there will be tinsel and there will be trees and there will be Christmas dinner at Nonnatus House.”

Last year you’ll recall the Christmas Special was set in the Outer Hebrides and the year before that the nuns had to leave Nonnatus House to go to the Mother House in West Sussex and vote in a new Mother Superior. In fact, we haven’t seen a Christmas Special set in Poplar since 2017, when if you recall it heralded in the exceptionally snowy winter of 1962-63.

As for what’s in store for the characters in series 10, Thomas wouldn’t reveal, saying “it’s a secret!” What isn’t a secret though is the fact that last year Call the Midwife was renewed until 2022. That means there’ll be two more series after the one we’re currently enjoying.

You can see Call the Midwife on MPT, Sunday nights at 8pm.

To contact Heather:
E-mail: heather@mpt.org
Address: Afternoon Tea
Maryland Public Television
11767 Owings Mills Blvd.
Owings Mills, MD 21117