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From Call the Midwife to Little Women: meet the queen of the festive TV schedules

Everyone loves a family show at this time of year. Heidi Thomas explains the key to writing great Christmas drama

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a relaxing television show for the entire family, the sort of thing that everyone from dozing grandparents to over-wired children can settle down on the sofa to watch. These days it is highly likely that the programme will have been written by Heidi Thomas.

The 55-year-old creator of the much-loved medical drama Call the Midwife is increasingly the queen of the Christmas schedules. In the past she has adapted Ballet Shoes for the BBC and turned in festive specials of Upstairs Downstairs and Cranford. This year her three-part take on Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, which starts on Boxing Day, promises to be one of the highlights of the festive TV calendar while the now-traditional Call the Midwife special – this one set

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