Stars of the Call the Midwife is preparing for the Christmas Special as they share what fans of the BBC show can expect.

For many, the Call the Midwife Christmas Special has become a festive tradition as it promises to bring emotional and heartwarming moments.

The drama series began back in 2012 and was originally based on the books by Jennifer Worth and her time as a midwife in the East End of London during the 1950s.

Now, preparing for its 13th series, Call the Midwife has become a big hit and has even been renewed to run till at least 2026.

Ahead of its 2023 Christmas Special, stars of the show including  Jenny Agutter, have hinted at what fans can expect from the festival treat.

Gazette: Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Jonty Aylward (ARCHIE O'CALLAGHAN) and Matthew Aylward (OLLY RIX)Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Jonty Aylward (ARCHIE O'CALLAGHAN) and Matthew Aylward (OLLY RIX) (Image: BBC / Neal Street Productions / Laurence Cendrowicz)

Call the Midwife star hints at 'unexpected' Christmas Special

Agutter, who plays Sister Julienne shared what fans can expect Nonnatus House to go through for the festive edition. 

Speaking on ITV's Loose Women, the actress said: "It is quite a special Christmas for everybody.

"There is something in there which is going to be a surprise to everybody… It was a lovely surprise reading it. It’s totally unexpected, there’s quite a build-up to it – and I can say no more."

Agutter was not the only Call the Midwife star to give fans an early hint at what to expect as Stephen McGann who plays Dr Turner said: "The Call the Midwife Christmas specials always pack so much in – there is all the festive love and treats that you always expect but there’s a lovely central storyline."

Adding: "Being as secret as I can be with it, the story is about somebody who society has rejected and how they have more to them than we think. It is about their struggles, their medical pains and their social pains which we try to help.

"It is incredibly moving, and contains a beautiful central performance, which I think everyone will love."

For an early Christmas treat, Call the Midwife gave fans an early look at what to expect, as they shared: 

"December is upon us, the first window of the advent calendar is open, and here at Call the Midwife we begin the final countdown to our seasonal episode!"

Adding: "Over the next few weeks we'll be bringing you all the news and stories from our Christmas Special as we prepare for the most wonderful time of the year. Stay tuned!!"

Fans will be able to watch the Call the Midwife Christmas special on Christmas Day, although the time has not been announced yet, it will be available on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.