Call the Midwife series finale bumped by the BAFTAs in scheduling shake-up

Helen George in her nurse outfit as Trixie Franklin
(Image credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions / Olly Courtney)

The BBC has confirmed that the Call the Midwife season 12 finale has been pushed back by a week to make way for the BAFTA Film Awards 2023, so we'll have to wait just that little bit longer for the final episode of the latest series.

Now, we know that Call the Midwife season 12 will conclude at 8 pm on Sunday, February 26 in order for the BBC to show the BAFTA ceremony live from 7 pm on Sunday, February 19.

The news was revealed on Twitter via the official Call the Midwife account. In a post explaining the scheduling change, they explained: "Our #CallTheMidwife series 12 finale has been delayed due to the live BAFTA Film Ceremony next Sunday!

The final episode of series 12 will now air in TWO weeks' time — Sunday, 26 February at 8 pm. So put the champagne on ice — we promise you an unforgettable event...", they explained.

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Episode seven left us with a few things to consider. Amidst the fun of the Bonny Britain Competition that roused the local community, there were some big issues at the forefront. The Poplar housing crisis continued to get worse, the team learned of a struggling pregnant woman living in a cramped caravan and Sister Monica Joan ended up taking ill after developing hepatitis. 

So, whilst we do have all the excitement of Trixie Franklin's (Helen George) wedding to look forward to, fans are waiting to find out whether Sister Monica Joan will pull through or not.  

In other news, we recently learned that the BBC plans to continue making new episodes of Call the Midwife for at least three more years, with episodes definitely coming until 2026 at the time of writing. 

Speaking at the time, series creator Heidi Thomas said of the announcement: "Call the Midwife is the pride and joy of all who work on it, but it's our fantastic, loyal audience that matters most. We are a family behind the scenes, on the screen, and in front of the telly, and I'm thrilled that we're all heading into the 1970's together."

Call the Midwife season 12 concludes at 8 pm on Sunday, February 26 on BBC One in the UK and will start airing weekly on PBS Masterpiece from Sunday, March 19.

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