TV Review: Call The Midwife (Christmas Special)
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You could not find more of a contrast between two Christmas specials of the same show; last year's Call The Midwife offering saw our favourites from Nonnatus House in the sunny setting of South Africa as they worked in a mission hospital; this year it was decidedly chillier as the midwives were back home, tackling the Big Freeze of 1963. Right off the bat, it feels like a more wintery affair than last year, with the mountains of snowdrifts right from the off. I mean the sunny vistas of South Africa were lovely, but this feels like a much more British affair: Sun in December? Can't relate. Freezing your butt off in December: yup, been there, done that! As usual, Call The Midwife's Christmas special delivered a rollercoaster of emotions. Whilst there were lighter storylines, like Phyllis facing off against a local policeman, a Christmas pantomime - including many of the cast dressed in varying ridiculous costumes - and new mum Shelagh Turner (Laura Main) trying to squeeze into her girdle to assist her struggling husband at work, the majority of this festive episode focused on tugging at the hearstrings.
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