The BBC today confirmed that it has re-commissioned its critically-acclaimed period drama Call The Midwife for a fourth series.

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The fourth series will see the action move into the 1960s, with an insider teasing: “It is 1960 in London’s East End. A new decade dawns, and with it come different and exciting challenges for the team at Nonnatus House. Can the nuns and midwives hold onto their traditional values in a rapidly changing world?”

The popular drama from Heidi Thomas follows the lives of a group of midwives living and working in London’s East End.

The current third series has so far explored the themes of childhood illnesses, disability and birth in prison, as well as the death of one of its central characters.

Meanwhile, Death In Paradise has also been handed a fourth run after its current third series has gone from strength to strength in the ratings.

Set on the beautiful fictional island of Saint Marie in the Caribbean, Death In Paradise revolves around the work of a detective inspector who attempts to solve the murders that occur there.

Kris Marshall replaced Ben Miller as the series’ lead star for the on-going third series.

Call The Midwife and Death In Paradise continue their third series on Sunday nights and Tuesday nights respectively. The fourth series of both shows will air in 2015.

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