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It was a sad day when Chummy said goodbye to the other women at Nonnatus House in the BBC series Call the Midwife. But the sun will shine a little brighter this coming Christmas, with the affable midwife’s return.

Miranda Hart, who portrayed Chummy Noakes from seasons one to four, will be picking up her storyline for the 2016 Christmas special and the sixth season, expected to premiere in 2017, reports BBC News.

She made her departure to pursue a film career in Hollywood, starring opposite Melissa McCarthy in the 2015 comedy Spy. Hart portrayed a fellow CIA agent and loyal best friend to McCarthy’s character.

While we missed seeing Hart in the period drama, which airs on PBS in the U.S., it was a pleasure to watch her comic genius up on the big screen. Even so, we look forward to her making her way back to Call the Midwife.

The folks at Call the Midwife released a statement expressing their excitement, saying, “We’re thrilled to be once again featuring Miranda Hart and her fabulous blend of warmth, strength and vulnerability, as Chummy gets to grips with the medical and social challenges of the 1960s,” reports BBC.

When Chummy made her exit in season four, her character moved to a mother and baby unit. Hart didn’t call it quits forever, though, saying at the time, “Maybe Chummy can come back in the next series an enlightened, crazed ’60s hippy, having an affair with Paul McCartney.”

That would be fun, but we’re guessing the storyline will be more on the straight and arrow. According to BBC, the sixth season will see the midwives working in South Africa, at least for part of the series.

In addition to Hart, the sixth season, made up of eight hour-long episodes, will also see the return of Helen George, Charlotte Ritchie, Emerald Fennell, Jenny Agutter and Pam Ferris.

Are you looking forward to Chummy’s return?

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By Brigid Brown