Call the Midwife confirms season 13 release date

helen george as trixie franklin in call the midwife 2023 christmas special
Call the Midwife confirms season 13 release dateAndrea Southam - BBC
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Call the Midwife series 13 spoilers.

The BBC has confirmed the release date for Call the Midwife's 13th series.

The long-running medical drama will next be on screens for a festive special on Christmas Day, before kicking off its proper series on Sunday, January 7 at 8pm on BBC One.

In the premiere episode, Sister Julienne and Shelagh are joined at Nonnatus House by new pupils for a midwifery scheme that intends to revolutionise the birth process.

call the midwife 2023 christmas special
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The nuns are immediately thrown into a complex case when young pregnant woman Doreen Challis comes to them for help because she has cerebral palsy.

When Doreen's mother raises objections to the child's father and her own family concealing the birth from her, a family secret is revealed that sheds new light on the expectant mum's situation.

Meanwhile, pupil Rosalind Clifford and Nurse Trixie face their own danger when a seemingly routine birth takes a troubling turn during the labour process.

These two dramatic stories coincide with the nurses scrambling to sort new Easter Monday plans when their venue is cancelled, as well as a Raise the Roof campaign for better pay and conditions.

helen george as trixie franklin in call the midwife 2023 christmas special
Andrea Southam - BBC

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Helen George previously revealed on Zoe Ball's Radio 2 breakfast show that fans can expect "a few shocks" when the new series kicks off.

"We're filming at the moment. So I'm sort of discovering the stories as we go along. It's another exciting year, lots of babies," George teased.

Call the Midwife airs its Christmas special on December 25 at 8.15pm, and then returns for series 13 on Sunday, January 7 at 8pm on BBC One.

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