Call the Midwife teases 'all will be revealed' in first look at Christmas special

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-Credit: (Image: BBC / Neal Street Productions / Nicky Johnston)

It may only be July, but the Call the Midwife team are already filming the Christmas episode of the popular series, and also shooting the 14th season, which will be broadcast in early 2025.

This week, they gave a glimpse of what was to come on the show’s Instagram account, sharing a behind the scenes photo of Georgie Glen, who plays Miss Higgins, peeling sprouts at a table that was overflowing with bowls of the vegetables.

The accompanying caption was titled 'Behind the Scenes on the Call the Midwife Christmas Special: Sprouts!' and a teasing message followed that said: “Hello all!

“We’ve just got our hands on this photo from the set of the Call the Midwife Christmas Special, which comes to your screens this holiday season 2024! It’s a wonderful behind-the-scenes portrait of our own Georgie Glen, as the redoubtable Miss Higgins.”

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Georgie Glen surrounded by sprouts for the Call the Midwife Christmas special -Credit:INSTAGRAM

“But we couldn’t help noticing a great profusion of that most Christmas of British vegetables… SPROUTS! Lots and lots of them!”

The post went on to extol the virtues of the humble sprout that remains a centrepiece of the traditional British Christmas meal and fans were teased with the following words:

“The more curious amongst you might wonder why there are quite so many sprouts being prepared by Millicent here… All will be revealed!”

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‘New Decade, new hair!’ Helen George's 70s look for the next season of the series -Credit:Instagram/Helen George/helenrgeorge/Call The Midwife Official

The 13th season of Call the Midwife ended with a few questions – most notably the fate of Trixie (Helen George) and Matthew’s (Olly Rix) relationship.

He had moved to New York with his son, leaving her behind in Poplar, but in the final episode Trixie decided to go to America to join her husband. Helen George is returning for the new season so it looks like Trixie’s stay in the Big Apple won’t have lasted long – perhaps a Christmas at Nonnatus House (and all those sprouts) is the thing that lures her home.

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Matthew and Trixie had a difficult time in the last season -Credit:BBC / Neal Street Productions / Olly Courtney

The Call the Midwife social media account previously confirmed that filming had started on the Christmas special on Monday 29 April, along with a photo of the Turner family standing in front of a decorated Christmas tree, holding a clapperboard to mark the first scene being filmed. The episode is expected to take place in 1969 as the staff of Nonnatus House and their families and friends prepare for the new decade.

Writer and producer Heidi Thomas wrote: “After all these years, I still get butterflies every time I see the first clapperboard picture from the set. Series 14 is set in 1970, launching us into an exciting new decade. We can’t wait to bring you another season full of touching, exciting, emotional stories from Nonnatus House.”