The popular drama will remain on air until at least 2022 with the action moving into the late 1960s.
As the cast prepare to film the ninth series, which will air on BBC One in 2020, the corporation has confirmed that it has ordered a tenth and eleventh series consisting of eight sixty minute episodes per series and two Christmas specials.
“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.” – Heidi Thomas, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer
Made by Neal Street Productions for BBC One, and originally based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, the period drama is about a group of midwives going about their business in the East End of London.
The series continues to be a ratings hit for the beeb with episodes from the just-finished eighth series reaching at least 9 million viewers once catch-up viewing is accounted for.
The eighth series explored 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.
“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, Pippa and Ann for their continued creative ambition and dedication to such a very special show.” – Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content
Audiences will return to Poplar in December 2019 before the ninth series hits screens next year. Heidi Thomas continues to lead the writing team with Pippa Harris as Exec Producer for Neal Street Productions and Mona Qureshi for the BBC.