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Call the Midwife to return for two more series

Call the Midwife character Valerie, looking sad
(Image credit: BBC/Neal Street Productions)

The BBC has announced acclaimed drama Call the Midwife will return for two more series and will be on air until 2022.

Two more series of multiple award-winning drama Call the Midwife have been commissioned for BBC One.

The news means the show will now be on air until 2022.

Series 10 and 11 will consist of two 8x60’ series and two Christmas specials. 

Made by Neal Street Productions for BBC One, Call the Midwife has been one of Britain’s most popular drama series since it launched in 2012 and it continues to be the most-watched drama series in the UK.

Series eight has currently averaged nine million viewers per episode, making it BBC One’s biggest show of 2019 so far and the highest rating returning drama across all channels this year.

The show has been accoladed for exploring many areas of medical and social history, including the impact of disability, teenage pregnancy, Intersex representation, Sickle cell disease, mixed-race marriages, adoption, cot death and abortion.  

Pippa Harris, Executive Producer for Neal Street Productions said: “We are delighted and humbled by the continued warmth of the audience response to Call the Midwife. It’s a testament to the extraordinary creativity of Heidi Thomas who pours her heart and soul into every episode. We are thrilled that the BBC have put such faith in the show by commissioning two more series and can’t wait to watch our wonderful cast and crew tackling all the social and medical changes which the swinging sixties will bring.”

Heidi Thomas, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer said: “Even after all these years, it still feels as though Call the Midwife has more truth to tell, more tears to cry, more life to celebrate, and more love to give. We are blessed with the best cast, crew, and audience a show could wish for, and I could not be more excited about our future.”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said: “Everyone at the BBC is delighted we’re welcoming the nurses of Nonnatus House back for another two series and we’re all looking forward to following our cast through the tumultuous years of the late sixties. I’d like to thank the wonderful cast and crew, and particularly Heidi and Pippa for their continued creative ambition and dedication to such a very special show.”

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