Call The Midwife Christmas Special filming locations: Where was the BBC drama filmed?

CALL The Midwife has been warming our hearts since it first arrived on the BBC in 2012.

Every year fans can't wait for the Christmas special of the show, but some viewers often wonder where the beloved series is actually filmed?

Where is Call The Midwife Christmas Special set?

Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the late 1950s and 1960s.

The show is set in Poplar, which is a real place in the capital, although the series isn't filmed there.

The show is based on based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth who worked with the Community of St. John the Divine, an Anglican religious order, at their convent in the East End in London.

The much-loved series has now extended beyond the memoirs to include new, historically sourced material.

Where is Call The Midwife Christmas Special filmed?


The Historical Dockyard at Chatham, Kent has been used to film outdoor scenes in the show thanks to its 100 Georgian and Victorian buildings.

The location features a number of impressive buildings, which are similar to what would have existed in Poplar at the time.

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The dockyards themselves and many other buildings and cobbled lanes in the 100 acre compound give the feel of old London.

From series one the cast and crew have decamped to Kent to shoot scenes. It just so happens that fans can get in on the action too as the Dockyard is open to the public.


The hit drama still continues to film in the capital to this day – though it only currently uses one location.

The team use a small area around Theed Street in Waterloo, close to the Old and Young Vic theatres to film exterior shots of terrace homes that open directly onto a street.

Prior to its sale, which saw it converted into swanky flats and homes, St. Joseph's Missionary College in Mill Hill, North London was used as the setting for Nonnatus House.

The sale of building, built by Father Herbert Vaughan in 1866 as Britain's first Catholic missionary college, saw the cast and crew scurry to find a new location to film from from 2013 onward.

When is the Call The Midwife Christmas Special?

The Call The Midwife Special has become a staple of the festive season since the show kicked off in 2012.

Like every year, this yuletide treat will air on Christmas Day.

You can watch it from 8pm on BBC One.

It will also be available on the BBC iPlayer after it has aired.

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