Call The Midwife's series 8 begins tonight - who's on the cast and what can we expect?
Following the Christmas special, a new full series of Call The Midwife starts at 8PM tonight on BBC One.
There are eight episodes of Call The Midwife in series 8. You can watch online for free and catch up via the BBC iPlayer.
Call The Midwife cast
Acclaimed actress Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Miriam’s Big American Adventure) starred in the Christmas special and will return tonight for episode one of the new series as Sister Mildred, a forthright and indefatigable sister from the Order.
Meanwhile, joining as new cast members are Fenella Woolgar (Victoria & Abdul, Harlots and War & Peace), who plays Sister Hilda, Ella Bruccoleri (Genius: Picasso, The Last Kingdom) as postulant Sister Frances and Georgie Glen (Waterloo Road, Damned) as Miss Higgins, the surgery’s new receptionist.
The full series eight cast includes; Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica Joan), Helen George (Trixie), Laura Main (Shelagh Turner), Victoria Yeates (Sister Winifred), Jennifer Kirby (Valerie), Leonie Elliott (Lucille), Stephen McGann (Dr Turner), Cliff Parisi (Fred), Annabelle Apsion (Violet), Max Macmillan (Timothy), Trevor Cooper (Sgt Woolf) and Daniel Laurie (Reggie).
Call The Midwife spoilers
In tonight's first episode of the new series, it’s springtime, and with extra help needed in Poplar Mother Mildred decides to send Sister Frances and Sister Hilda to Nonnatus House, where they will live and work.
Everyone is excited for the impending arrival of the Queen’s baby. Violet is holding a Teddy Bears’ Picnic and raising funds through a sweepstake on whether the Queen will have a boy or a girl. The midwives are introduced to their new midwifery bags but Sister Monica Joan is distressed when she sees Fred burning the old leather ones.
Lucille is caring for heavily pregnant Lesley White, whose sister Cath, an aspiring model, has been feeling extremely unwell. Back at the maternity home, Shelagh has to step in to help Trixie with a birth that takes a surprise turn.
Call The Midwife series 8 will air Sunday nights at 8PM on BBC One.