Series five of Call The Midwife came to a heartbreaking end back in March.
But fans now have something to look forward to since the cast of the gripping BBC drama were pictured filming a Christmas special in South Africa.
In the episode, residents of Nonnatus House help out a mission hospital called Hope Clinic that is facing closure after they send an SOS message.
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Festive season: The Call The Midwife cast have been spotted filming a Christmas special in South Africa – where the storyline sees them help out a mission hospital
Doctor Turner, played by Stephen McGann, features in the episode along with Sister Julienne, played by actress Jenny Agutter and Trixie Franklin, who is played by Helen George.
And former Coronation Street actress Helen appears to confirm the exotic location of the filming through snaps posted to her Instagram account.
The 31-year-old posted a sizzling shot of herself posing in front of a colourful building in South Africa.
Showing off her lean legs, she wore a tan suede skirt and black camisole in the photo which she captioned simply: ‘Lowveld South Africa’.
‘Lowveld South Africa’: Helen George seemed to confirm the exotic location of the series as she posted this sizzling shot of herself in South Africa
And the Birmingham-born beauty shared another shot of what looked like her with a glass of wine on a plane two weeks ago.
She wrote alongside the teasing picture: ‘Celebrating the start of an African adventure… Off to look for lions and tigers and bears. (obviously not bears).’
it has been reported that Neal Street Productions, the creators of the series, have employed around 900 locals while filming 30km north of Cape Town – including two babies.
A BBC insider told the Daily Mirror: ‘In the spirit of the Christmas special, the production company wanted to give something back to locals so they were keen to donate something.
Exciting project: Nurse Trixie Franklin played by Helen George (right) appears in the special episode
‘They’ve been very considerate of the locals. The show’s midwifery advisor, Terri Coates, has been with the crew to oversee filming with the babies in the exact same way she does in the UK.
They have their mum’s and chaperones and are paid well above the standard wage in that part of the country.’
Marcella actress Sinead Cusack has joined the cast for the Christmas special. She plays Dr Myra Fitzsimmons, who runs the threatened Hope Clinic.
Miranda Hart’s character Chummy appears briefly in it, but hasn’t travelled to South Africa for filming.
Meanwhile series five, set in 1961, saw the conclusion of the Thalidomide storyline, involving Doctor Turner learning that the drugs he has prescribed are responsible for the spate of birth defects.
SOS: In the episode, the cast help out the hospital, called the Hope Clinic, after they ask for aid
Call The Midwife proved hugely popular with fans and critics alike once again this series.
Jenny Agutter, who plays compassionate Sister Julienne, recently explained the quality of the writing is what lures viewers in.
She told the Daily Mail: ‘It’s wrong to assume the only way now to entice a TV audience is by sexualising a show.
‘I think the viewers will come if the quality of the writing and the acting is good enough in the first place.
‘People look for good programmes and I think sometimes being commercial means ticking boxes, but not always the right boxes.’
Giving back to the community: It has been reported that Neal Street Productions, the creators of the series, have employed around 900 locals while filming 30km north of Cape Town – including two babies
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