Another day, another day that Christmas will be coming early to those that have been patiently awaiting the news about broadcast plans for the upcoming Call the Midwife Holiday Special on PBS. The BBC recently announced that the 75-minute special would be broadcast Christmas Day at 7:30p, The BBC broadcast has been scheduled at the earlier time thus avoiding the potential of going up against the juggernaut that is the Downton Abbey Christmas Special which now begins on ITV at 8:45pm.
That said, PBS viewers can now rest comfortably with the knowledge that the special will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide in the U.S. on Sunday, December 30 at 7:30pET/6:30pCT. This is significant folks. What it means is that U.S. viewers of PBS will be able to see the program a mere five short days after BBC viewers in the UK. In a 21st century world, this will seriously eliminate having to avoid the Internet for months and the Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest world of spoilers.
Having had the opportunity to screen an early version of the special, this is at least a two-box of Kleenex special that you are not going to want to miss. In the special, newly married Chummy (Miranda Hart) and Nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) are hard at work during their first Christmas in Nonnatus House. As nurses and nuns minister to an abandoned newborn and search for the mother, and Jenny tries to find the children of an elderly vagrant, Chummy plans an ambitious nativity play. In true Chummy fashion, mishaps ensue.
In addition to the announcement of the broadcast day and time of the holiday special, PBS also has announced that the combination of overwhelmingly positive viewer response and strong audience numbers, the second series of Call the Midwife will premiere on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 8:00pET/7:00pCT leading in to the premiere of Mr. Selfridge, which stars Jeremy Piven.
Combined with the premiere of the third season of Downton Abbey on January 6, 2013 is going to be a great year for drama on both sides of the pond.