‘Call The Midwife’ Renewed For 2 More Seasons, Taking It To Series 13

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13 Apr 21

‘Call The Midwife’ Renewed For 2 More Seasons, Taking It To Series 13

The BBC is giving you plenty more opportunities to Call The Midwife, as the broadcaster announces an additional 2 season renewal. That’s on top of the upcoming 10th Season, and the 11th Season which had already been ordered.

“It’s an incredible privilege to be able to look back on a decade of Call The Midwife, and yet know that our journey is still very far from over,” commented Heidi Thomas, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer. “We are thrilled to be going on for a few more years! Like Nonnatus House itself, we have a proud past but an even more exciting future – full of old favourites, fresh faces, higher hemlines, new ideas. The stories we tell are like babies – they never stop coming, we love them all, and we vow to do our best by every single one.”

Made by Neal Street Productions for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, ‘Call The Midwife’ is celebrating its tenth anniversary series this year and continues to be one of Britain’s most popular and most-watched drama series since it launched in 2012. The series attracts an enormous audience for BBC One, with its Christmas Specials achieving over 9 million viewers. Series nine was also the fourth biggest drama across all channels in 2020. The drama has won multiple awards across the decade for its depiction of challenging medical stories which are tackled by the nuns and midwives of Poplar.

“We are all delighted by this vote of confidence from the BBC, and are looking forward to delivering more laughter, tears and babies for our loyal fans,” adds Pippa Harris, Executive Producer for Neal Street Production. “Over the past ten years, it has been an honour to see how warmly the show has been embraced by audiences around the world, thanks to the skilful writing of Heidi Thomas and the brilliant work of our cast and crew.”

The 10th Season, which is due to launch on Sunday, 18th April at 8pm on BBC One, sees changes on the horizon in Poplar. Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) must determine whether a private clinic venture that will generate much-needed income for Nonnatus House is a suitable workplace for the Sisters, and enlists the help of Trixie (Helen George). The plan causes great tension between Sister Julienne and Dr Turner (Stephen McGann) who is strongly against private health care. Their first falling out in over 20 years is felt by all, in particular Shelagh (Laura Main) who feels caught in the middle. Trixie, however, is thrilled to be challenged professionally and agrees to spend six weeks at the Lady Emily Clinic. Lucille (Leonie Elliott) and Sister Frances (Ella Bruccoleri) are startled when a baby boy is born without legs below the knee. Sister Frances alerts Dr Turner, who frets this could be another Thalidomide case. Perturbed by the event, he determines to uncover the cause. Meanwhile, with the Church’s financial support, Cyril (Zephryn Taite) moves into the flat above the Buckle’s paper shop, while Sister Monica Joan’s (Judy Parfitt) crisis of faith continues to weigh heavily on her mind.

This latest renewal will take the show up to Season 13 and will consist of two eight-episode series and two Christmas specials. That means the nursing drama will be on air until at least 2024. Season 11, which had already been commissioned, is about to commence filming. Series creator Heidi Thomas continues to lead the writing team and serve as Executive Producer alongside Pippa Harris and Ann Tricklebank. Executive Producer for the BBC is Mona Qureshi with Ann Tricklebank as Producer.

“The enduring popularity of Call The Midwife is a testament to the extraordinary love and creativity from its creator Heidi Thomas and its producers Pippa Harris and Ann Tricklebank, said Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama. “We are delighted to have secured the future of Call The Midwife for two further series beyond those which are currently in production, and look forward to enjoying more adventures for the inhabitants of Nonnatus House for years to come.”

Call The Midwife‘ Season 10 premieres Sunday, 18th April 2021 at 8pm on BBC One.