Acclaimed period drama Call The Midwife is to continue on the beeb for the foreseeable future with the announcement BBC One has ordered a further three series.
The drama, focusing on as group of midwives going about their business in London’s East End, will see a seventh, eighth and ninth run in which the action will progress to the mid 1960s.
Heidi Thomas’s take on Jennifer Worth’s memoirs has been a hit for BBC One since its launch in 2012, typically luring 10 million viewers to the telly box. The series has been praised for its compassionate and bold approach to issues including stillbirth, mental health, abortion, homosexuality, race and disability.
“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.” – Heidi Thomas, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer
Series 7-9 were greenlit by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, and Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama Commissioning and will consist of three eight part series and three Christmas specials.
Audiences will return briefly to Poplar next month in the fifth Christmas Special ahead of the Nonnatus House residents being transported to the Eastern Cape of South Africa. After receiving an SOS call from Hope Clinic, a tiny mission hospital which is understaffed, underfunded, and has a poor water supply, they soon learn that the struggling clinic is faced with closure.
The Christmas Special will air on Christmas Day on BBC One. Series six will follow on in early 2017.
“Over the last six series Heidi Thomas and Neal Street Productions have grown Call The Midwife from a Sunday night hit into a drama phenomenon. It has rewarded its large and loyal audience by increasing its scope and ambition from series to series and I am thrilled that BBC Drama will be its home for a further, stellar, three years.” – Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama
Call The Midwife is produced by Neal Street Productions for the beeb.