Call the Midwife is to return for three more seasons, BBC confirms

The popular BBC drama will air season 10 this week and is to run for a further three seasons, much to the delight of fans

Call the Midwife, Heidi Thomas, Helen George, Jennifer Kirby and Leonie Elliott attend the "Call The Midwife" photocall during the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival 2019 at BFI Southbank on April 14, 2019 in London, England.
(Image credit: Jeff Spicer / Stringer Getty)

Call the Midwife has been renewed for three further seasons, the BBC has confirmed.

The popular drama, which is aired on the BBC and PBS in America, follows the journey of a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London is due to premiere season 10 in the UK this weekend. Ahead of season 10, episode one airing, fans are delighted to learn that there will be a further three more seasons of the show.

Series nine was set in the late 1950s and according to insiders, the coming series will cover the years 1967-1969, with filming for the next series expected to begin soon with the view of airing it next year.

Series 11 had already been confirmed by the BBC but now, fans will be treated to a further two seasons after the BBC confirmed the news on the Call the Midwife Twitter account. They wrote, 'Two more series (plus Christmas specials) of multiple award-winning #CallTheMidwife are planned for @BBCOne'

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Meanwhile, Heidi Thomas, creator, writer, and executive producer, said, “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. 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 favorites, 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."

Pippa Harris, the executive producer for Neal Street Productions, added, “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. Over the past ten years, it has been an honor to see how warmly the show has been embraced by audiences around the world, thanks to the skillful writing of Heidi Thomas and the brilliant work of our cast and crew.”

And fans cannot contain their excitement. One tweeted, 'Brilliant news. Congratulations. One of the best shows on TV and well-deserved @CallTheMidwife1' Another put, 'Great news. It's a heartwarming show but also manages to cover a lot of serious issues in a very sensitive way' and a third added, 'This is amazing news. I love the show it’s my favorite it shows how things used to be from the war on wards Iv laughed and cried watching it. A genuine family show.'

When is Call the Midwife on?

Call the Midwife Season 10 returns to BBC One on Sunday 18th April and will see Nonnatus House tackle the perils of nuclear testing and the joy of the 1966 World Cup, thanks to its creator Heidi Thomas, who is married to its star Stephen McGann who plays the role of Dr Turner.

Sneak preview images show star Helen George in character as Nurse Trixie after she lands a promotion to become Sister at a private hospital.

Fans watching the show in America will have a little longer to wait to screen series 10 as this will be aired by PBS in October 2021. But if you cannot wait until then, here's a look at the trailer for the series...

Call the Midwife Season 10 synopsis:

Change is 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.

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.

Call The Midwife returns this Sunday at 8pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She has covered all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand.