Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2014

(Rochester, New York) – Call the Midwife celebrates the season with a holiday special, which includes a guest appearance from show narrator Vanessa Redgrave. The actress will appear as the mature Jennifer Worth on screen for the first time. Call the Midwife Holiday Special airs Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. It encores Sunday, December 28 at 11 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

The holiday episode begins with a mature Jennifer at home in the early 21st century, opening her Christmas cards from both Cynthia and the Order of St Raymond Nonnatus. She reflects on the Christmases of her youth, and how much she missed the Nonnatus community during the first Christmas after her departure. Back at the Nonnatus House in 1959, the holidays have brought big changes for the midwives and the nuns. Cynthia is invited to join the order as a postulant, and after malpractice is uncovered at the York Lodge, Chummy is offered the permanent position of matron. With the New Year and a new decade approaching, what will the women choose and what will 1960 bring?

Based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife is a moving and intimate story of midwifery in London’s East End in the 1950s. Audiences can expect a mixture of laughter and tears in Season 4, along with new faces and captivating, emotional stories celebrating the people of Poplar and the much-loved residents of Nonnatus House. A new decade brings new and exciting challenges for the team at Nonnatus House. Will the nuns and midwives hold on to their traditional values in a rapidly changing world? Season 4 premieres in March 2015.

Pictured: Mature Jennifer Worth (Vanessa Redgrave)
Credit: Courtesy of Laurence Cendrowicz/© Neal Street Productions 



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