Call The Midwife heads to South Africa for Christmas Special

Cast and crew from popular BBC drama Call The Midwife are currently filming this year’s Christmas Special in South Africa.

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The period saga’s 75 minute Christmas Day instalment, now a staple of the beeb’s Christmas line-up, will be transported to the Eastern Cape of South Africa after a tiny mission hospital in need of help puts in an emergency call.

Sinead Cusack is to play Dr Myra Fitzsimmons who presides over the threatened Hope Clinic, while Miranda Hart is back as Chummy and will also feature in the sixth series in 2017.

Once filming is complete in South Africa the team will return to the UK where production on the sixth series will get underway.

The sixth series will comprise of eight episodes once again from creator and writer Heidi Thomas. With it now being 1962, the Nonnatus House team will face changes inside the hospital aligning with the social changes going on in the outside world.

“Every season brings new stories, new challenges and new triumphs – yet each one feels like a return to a much-loved home, and series six will be no exception.” – Heidi Thomas

Official figures show that 10.3 million viewers watched the 2015 Christmas special, easily outperforming Coronation Street which aired on ITV at the same time.