Celebrity spotters should keep their eyes open next week in Harris and Lewis, as the Christmas special episode of the BBC drama Call the Midwife begins filming in the islands.

Filming for series nine of the long-running drama began last week (March 18th) and well-known faces are heading to the Western Isles over the weekend ahead of a special shoot at a number of locations around the Isle of Harris.

Production company Neal Street Productions, who make the programme for the BBC, will be out and about around Leverburgh and the surrounding area next week, and scenes are also expected to be filmed at Rodel and at Eilean Glas lighthouse on Scalpay.

It’s also thought the filming will include scenes at the blackhouse village at Gearannan, although programme producers were unwilling to reveal exact details for fear of drawing crowds of spectators.

A production company spokesman confirmed that filming would be taking place at several undisclosed but ‘remote’ locations in the Western Isles, and that the episode was expected to air at Christmas 2019.

Visiting production crew and actors are expected to stay at hotels in Tarbert and Stornoway, with one possible famous face that of Miriam Margolyes, who has played Sister Mildred after joining the cast for last year’s Christmas special.

Call the Midwife follows the fortunes of a group of midwives working in the poverty-stricken East End of London in the 1950s and 60s and is based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth.

The photos shows a scene from the 2018 Christmas special. (Neal Street Productions).