BBC Orders Three More Series Of Call The Midwife

BBC One has announced that Call The Midwife has been commissioned for three more eight-part series and three Christmas specials which will take the nuns and midwives right into the mid-1960s by series nine.

Call The Midwife has been one of Britain’s most popular drama series since it launched in 2012, and all five series to date have attracted around 10m viewers per episode. It has been praised for its compassionate and bold approach to issues including stillbirth, mental health, abortion, homosexuality, race and disability.

Creator and writer, Heidi Thomas, said: “I am hugely excited by the prospect of creating three more series of Call The Midwife. In the 1960s Britain was a country fizzing with change and challenge, and there is so much rich material – medical, social, and emotional – to be explored.”

“We have now delivered well over one hundred babies on screen, and like those babies, the stories keep on coming! Above all else, it is an incredible privilege to work on a show that is made with such care and received with such love.”

Call the Midwife returns briefly on Christmas Day for a special episode where the residents of Nonnatus House receive an SOS call from Hope Clinic on the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The tiny mission hospital is understaffed, underfunded, has a poor water supply, and is facing closure.

Series six of Call The Midwife premieres on BBC One in early 2017.