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Christmas Special 

Nonnatus House is alive with preparations for Christmas. Chummy is arranging a nativity play with the Cub Scouts, Jenny is faced with a difficult case, and a young girl's predicament leads to a big decision.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mature Jenny (voice)
Joanne Matthews ...
Mona Jones
Monsay Whitney ...
Hilda Levons
Micky Baker ...
Old Man
Mrs. Ivy Duncan
Ami Metcalf ...
Lynette Duncan
Sheila Reid ...
Mrs. Jenkins


After delivering a baby in a toilet Jenny is approached by a ragged old woman asking after the child's welfare. The nuns identify her as Mrs Jenkins, who lives in terrible poverty but refuses help. Eventually Jenny and Sister Evangelina get through to her and help her improve her life. Jenny is perplexed that Mrs Jenkins mistakes her for somebody called Rosie and uncovers a tragic set of events in the old lady's life before closure is achieved. Rehearsing for the local nativity play its director Chummy seeks the help of intelligent school leaver Lynette Duncan, unaware that the girl is heavily pregnant, ultimately giving birth but leaving the baby at the convent door. Chummy unites mother and child but the play seems doomed when its costumes are destroyed when a water pipe bursts. Fortunately the locals rally round to ensure that the show goes ahead. Written by don @ minifie-1

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30 December 2012 (USA)  »

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In the beginning narration, it mentions the sisters pray a lot during Advent and shows a Sister kneeling in front of the Chapel altar covered with a green altar cloth which is used in Ordinary time when it should have a violet altar cloth which is used in Advent. See more »


[at the post-natal clinic just before Christmas, Chummy is weighing a mother's baby]
Chummy Noakes: Over eighteen pounds. Bravo! About the same size as a turkey.
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Features Pinky and Perky (1957) See more »


O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
[Jenny and Sister Evangelina washing Mrs. Jenkins]
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17 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What is it with Brits and toilet humour? Sister Philomena manages to get through to old Mrs Jenkins by breaking wind - not once but twice, and the second time in a different key! And then a short time later an abandoned baby also lets rip. I was half expecting one of our hard-working young midwives to join in with a fart or two of their own, but thankfully they managed to stifle the urge. Call me tight-bottomed, but these blasts seemed a little out of place in what was after all a Christmas special. Farting aside, after a very promising start I can't help but feel that the programme is becoming a little too mawkish and the women giving birth gratingly louder as each successive baby pops out into the world.

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