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Christmas Special 2017

It's the big freeze of 1963, and the midwives strive to provide the best care for their patients whilst battling against blizzards and burst pipes.

Boxing Day brings a large snowfall that covers the country. The adverse weather causes major disruption across Poplar as roads become blocked and pipes freeze. The milk float struggles to make its deliveries and families must queue outside for water from standpipes. Trixie's holiday with Christopher is cancelled due to the snow. Valerie helps Linda and Selwyn, an unmarried couple living in a caravan, prepare for their baby. As the labour progresses, unforeseen complications knock Valerie's confidence in her ability as a midwife.

Elsewhere, the freezing weather takes the life of Dr Turner's patient, Percy Tillerson. Sister Julienne must inform the family of his death and uncovers an uncomfortable truth about the chirpy late Percy.

Tom is offered a new position in Birmingham, but it would mean him and Barbara leaving Poplar for at least six months. It's all hands on deck to help during the weather crisis, so Shelagh comes back to work. Nurse Crane meets her match in Sergeant Woolf as he challenges her driving ability and Akela leadership. Proving him wrong, Nurse Crane is instrumental in bringing the milk float back to Poplar.

1 hour, 20 minutes

Last on

Christmas Day 2017 19:40

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:05

    Bing Crosby, Lee Gordon Singers, Sonny Burke & His Orchestra

    A Marshmallow World

  • 00:56

    The Surfaris

    Wipe Out

  • 01:19

    Brian Hyland

    Sealed With a Kiss

Credits

Role Contributor
Sister Julienne Jenny Agutter
Nurse Phyllis Crane Linda Bassett
Sister Monica Joan Judy Parfitt
Trixie Franklin Helen George
Shelagh Turner Laura Main
Sister Winifred Victoria Yeates
Violet Buckle Annabelle Apsion
Nurse Valerie Dyer Jennifer Kirby
Nurse Barbara Hereward Charlotte Ritchie
Tom Hereward Jack Ashton
Dr Patrick Turner Stephen McGann
Fred Buckle Cliff Parisi
Reggie Jackson Daniel Laurie
Timothy Turner Max Macmillan
Angela Turner Alice Brown
Christopher Dockerill Jack Hawkins
Percy Tillerson Peter Quince
Sergeant Woolf Trevor Cooper
Auntie Florrie Nicky Goldie
LInda Openshaw Francene Turner
Selwyn Garvey Joel Morris
Dilys Lizzie Muncey
Irene Helen Colby
Mabel Tillerson Anita Dobson
Anthea Sweeting Rebecca Callard
Voice of Mature Jenny Vanessa Redgrave
Executive Producer Pippa Harris
Executive Producer Heidi Thomas
Executive Producer Ann Tricklebank
Writer Heidi Thomas
Producer Ann Tricklebank
Director Syd Macartney
Production Company Neal Street Productions

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