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Christmas Special 2013 is the second Christmas special and the 16th episode overall of Call the Midwife. It originally aired on 25 December 2013 in the UK and 29 December 2013 in the USA.


An unexploded bomb is discovered, throwing festivities into chaos for the nuns, midwives and residents of Poplar a few days before Christmas.


1958 is drawing to a close as the residents of Poplar prepare for Christmas. Festivities are thrown into chaos when an unexploded bomb is discovered close to Nonnatus House, causing mayhem among the nuns, midwives and residents of Poplar just days before Christmas. Everyone is evacuated from their homes, and the midwives of Nonnatus House are tasked with overseeing the rescue centre until the bomb is made safe.

Jenny Lee finds herself drawn into the lives of young couple Yvonne and Alan Bridges, who are expecting their first child. Since fighting in the Korean War, Alan has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and Jenny, with the help of Trixie, becomes instrumental in helping him to overcome his fears.

Elsewhere, Shelagh Mannion, formerly Sister Bernadette, and Dr Turner prepare for their understated wedding. But when Timothy is struck down with a potentially fatal illness, their plans are put on hold while they keep vigil at his bedside






Songs featured[]

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas by Bing Crosby

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee


  • This episode includes the final appearance of the original Nonnatus House.
  • A deleted scene from this episode reveals that Jane had gone to nursing school.


"Sister Evangelina: Been a while since I've wanted Adolf Hitler's guts for garters. But I'd cheerfully dance on his grave today.
Sister Julienne: Poplar was doing so well. Its recovering from the war. It was being rebuilt. There was so much hope. So much work for us to do.
Sister Evangelina: There still is, always will be. He'll have a reason for all of this.
- Sister Evangelina and Sister Juliene discuss Nonnatus House being condemned
"We ate our turkey at separate tables that year. Our community was scattered, though not to the four winds. We were offered refuge, separately and together, in temporary lodgings across Poplar. Christmas turned to New Year, and New Year to early Spring, and it was Chummy who found her new home first. Whilst the rest of us hoped and resumed our work as best we could. And when Nonnatus House was demolished, we heard its dying fall only in the distance."
- Mature Jenny on the dismantling of the old Nonnnatus House building.


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