Call The Midwife has teased what fans can expect from its upcoming Christmas special which includes a memorable face returning once more.
The BBC One period drama has shared a new photo from the special which features Helen George (Nurse Trixie), Laura Main (Sister Shelagh) and Leonie Elliott (Nurse Lucille) standing before a nativity season with child actor Nate Grove, who played baby Robert in the series 10 final.
Sharing a statement, the show said they ‘couldn’t resist’ bringing back the tot for ‘one more visit’.
Call The Midwife has teased what fans can expect from its upcoming Christmas special, including the return of baby Robert (L-R, Laura Main as Shelagh, Helen George as Trixie, Nate Grove as Robert and Leonie Elliott as Lucille)
They said: ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Call the Midwife!!’To mark the beginning of our festive countdown, we are THRILLED to give you an exclusive first glimpse of our new Christmas Call the Midwife photograph.
‘This year, we wanted a nativity theme to our Christmas cast photo, but it was felt that a midwifery drama couldn’t possibly leave out the most important infant of them all.
‘When Heidi, our writer, considered who might fulfil this important role, there was really only one candidate.’
The show’s creator Heidi Thomas added: ‘We all fell in love with Nate when he was playing the role of baby Robert.
Return: Sharing a statement, the show said they ‘couldn’t resist’ bringing back the tot for ‘one more visit’ (Miriam Margoyles pictured as Mother Mildred)
‘We couldn’t resist bringing him back to set for one more visit, to play the role of baby Jesus in our iconic Christmas photo. He is growing fast, and is as adorable as ever!’
Fans reacted well to the news, with one writing: ‘As disappointed as I was to have to wait for Season 10, now I only have to wait 4 months for Season 11. I cannot tell you how much I live the show and everyone in it and behind the scenes.’
Another said: ‘One of my two sons has Down syndrome, and I’m especially fond of any episode featuring Reggie or babies who have Down syndrome.’
Another viewer added: ‘I am one of your stateside fans and you just made my day! Season 10 was excellent (not surprised) and thrilled I can watch the Christmas special during the holidays!! Thanks so much for putting out such a wonderful show’.
Special: Nurse Trixie (Helen George) was seen wrapped up in a navy coat in a festive photo
Yuletide: Fred Buckle (Cliff Parisi) appeared in good spirits as he appeared to be at a Christmas market
Big day: The show previously teased that Lucille (Leonie Elliott) has ‘a lot to prepare for’ alongside several wedding emojis
Hit: Call The Midwife regularly attracts more than 10million viewers making it one of the most successful shows on British TV (Daniel Laurie pictured as Reggie Jackson)
Viewers were moved to tears by the series 10 finale after Blanche Dellow, played by Madeleine Worrall, prepared to give her daughter to her younger sister Sylvia, played by Charlotte Hamblin, to put up for adoption.
But after the baby was born with Down’s Syndrome, Sylvia rejected the newborn – but biological mother Blanche fell in love with the baby and named him Robert.
‘I love him, I just love him, just like I would any of you,’ she said as she held her new son.
‘He’ll be slower to walk and talk than the average child, but he will walk and he will talk, children with Down’s Sydrome have be so rewarding to care for,’ the doctor explained.
‘I want him, I just never knew how much, I love him, I just love him,’ Blanche added.
Blanche and her husband Walter, played by Michael Begley, decide to raise Robert, which had viewers ‘sobbing’ and praising the sympathetic portrayal.
A statement on Instagram read: ‘This year, we wanted a nativity theme to our Christmas cast photo, but it was felt that a midwifery drama couldn’t possibly leave out the most important infant of them all’
Reaction: Fans were thrilled with the update with one writing: ‘I cannot tell you how much I live the show and everyone in it and behind the scenes’
The BBC announced Call The Midwife would return for a Christmas special back in September.
The show took to Instagram to tease fans with a first look at the upcoming episode, and said Lucille ‘has a lot to prepare for’ alongside a slew of wedding emoji’s.
The festive photo showed Lucille beaming as she makes a snowman alongside Reggie (Daniel Laurie).
Announcing the news, they captioned the show: ‘Hello all! Today we got our hands on the very first sneak-peek pictures of the new Call the Midwife Christmas Special – featuring Daniel Laurie (Reggie) And Leonie Elliott (Lucille)! We have questions….
Emotional: Viewers were moved to tears by the series 10 final after Blanche Dellow, played by Madeleine Worrall, (pictured) prepared to give her daughter to her baby to her younger sister Sylvia, played Charlotte Hamblin, to put up for adoption
‘Reggie….are those pyjamas you’re wearing….in snow?? Does that snowman have pointy ears? How adorable is Lucille in green!!
‘Of course, we’re not going to tell you what happens in this episode, except to say that our own lovely Lucille has a LOT to prepare for… We are all very proud of this year’s Christmas episode, and just can’t WAIT for you to see it!’
The show is set in the 1950s and 1960s in London’s East End – and focuses on a group of midwives in a nursing convent.
Call The Midwife regularly attracts more than 10million viewers making it one of the most successful shows on British TV.
But it has only ever won one Bafta award, the Radio Times Audience Award in 2013, which was voted for by members of the public.
It has not received a single nomination since that year in any category, with the Best Drama award often going to thrillers such as Peaky Blinders or Broadchurch.
The show was written and created by Heidi Thomas based on the memoirs of a nurse.
Newborn: After the baby is born with Down’s Syndrome, Sylvia rejects the newborn – but biological mother Blanche falls in love with the baby and names him Robert (pictured)