This year’s countdown to Christmas includes a countdown to Call the Midwife for many islanders, eagerly awaiting the show’s Christmas special tomorrow evening (Wednesday December 25th).

That’s because the show was filmed in and around some of the best-loved landmarks of Lewis and Harris, with well-known stars like Jenny Agutter and Miriam Margolyes spotted all over the islands last April, as filming was underway.

Historic Scotland was especially pleased with the choice of location as two of their sites are playing starring roles. St Clement’s Church in Rodel, Harris and the 5,000-year-old Calanais Standing Stones in Lewis will be on screen, as will the blackhouse village at Gearrannan.

But the show’s directors have reminded dedicated viewers this week that it’s the children who make the show important, saying: “These children light up our Christmas Special in the company of our perfect CTM Santa - Cliff Parisi (Fred) - who returns to his annual duty as the festive face of the Poplar holidays.

“And that is all as it should be. Christmas is a time for the magic in little eyes, and the wisdom and gratitude in old ones. Children enable us to step back and remember the best of ourselves.”

The Call the Midwife Christmas Special is on BBC1 on Christmas Day at 7pm.

Picture shows Santa calling on the BBC Christmas special. (BBC)