Call The Midwife star admits filming festive special has 'ruined Christmas' as cast battle nerves amid new Covid rules

CALL The Midwife creator Heidi Thomas has admitted filming the festive special has 'ruined Christmas' as the cast battle nerves amid new Covid-19 rules.

Heidi writes the hit BBC period drama while her real life partner Stephen McGann plays Doctor Turner.

The couple appeared on Thursday's Lorraine to discuss this year's festive special, which is being filmed under new Covid-19 rules and regulations.

She told the host: "It’s all for the audience and our fans and as Steve said something that’s the same at Christmas!

"It ruins our Christmas every year because we get so nervous but it’s a sacrifice we’re willing to make!”

Stephen said: "We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people who have contacted us just at their relief that something was still going to be the same.

"And I think as actors we underestimated that and it was humbling. We’ve been reminded that, to other people, we’re a part of that pattern of Christmas and the festival.

“It’s a responsibility and one we’re proud to shoulder, and the atmosphere on set, the morale is very good."

Discussing the way filming has had to be adapted post-lockdown, he added: "We’re working under restrictions as we all are but things are good and we’ve got a good attitude towards it and we remember what it’s all for in the end.”

The synopsis for this year's festive edition reads: "This year’s Christmas Special is set in December 1965.

"Everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to traditional celebrations with all the trimmings, but nothing goes quite to plan.

"Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital, and Trixie is incensed to receive a subscription to a Marriage Bureau as a Christmas gift.

“Meanwhile, a surprise reunion for Shelagh involves her in a deeply moving birth, and the Circus arrives in Poplar, bringing new friendships, new experiences, and an exciting adventure for Nurse Crane.”

The Call the Midwife Christmas Special will air on BBC One on Christmas Day.

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