It won't be long before the Poplar gang return to our screens for the annual Call the Midwife Christmas special.


As with previous years, this one already seems determined to tug at our heartstrings - as well as spreading some festive cheer.

A new clip for the special teases what's to come for Nonnatus House staple Shelagh Turner (Laura Main), who is a bit distracted at work.

When Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) confronts her about it, she reveals she has received a package from Hong Kong from her adopted daughter Mae's biological mother.

A tearful Shelagh reveals she hasn't even told her husband, Dr Patrick Turner (Stephen McGann), about it. She's too worried the package will upset Mae, who is "perfectly content" as it is, after not receiving anything from her mother on previous special occasions.

Of course, Sister Julienne has some wise counsel for the nurse, encouraging her to tell her husband. "No marriage thrives on secrets, large or small," she tells her.

We're sure the pair will come together in the end and do what's best for Mae.

Trixie holding Jonty in front of a Christmas tree
Trixie and Jonty in Call the Midwife. Neal Street Productions/Andrea Southam

They're not the only one's who'll be experiencing some troubles this season, however.

Helen George's Trixie and her new husband Matthew (Olly Rix) are preparing for their first Christmas together following last season's nuptials. But it sounds like it will be far from magical.

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"It's their first Christmas together as a married couple, so it's one of those awkward years when they're trying to work out what they're going to do.

"And Trixie doesn't really have any family apart from Nonnatus House - and, of course, he's a Chelsea boy, so does he really want to spend Christmas in Poplar?" George explained.

Trixie's brother Geoffrey will be spending the holidays with them, throwing another spanner in the works - and undoubtedly making for some rather entertaining viewing.

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