Great news for fans of Call The Midwife – the primetime BBC drama will continue until at least 2020, according to the broadcaster.
The series’ current three year contract is set to expire after the ninth season, but it’s now been commissioned for two more, it’s been confirmed.
It’s currently airing its eight series on BBC One, and will start filming its ninth series in May this year.
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Dame Pippa Harris, the series’ producers, said: “We are delighted and humbled by the continued warmth of the audience response to Call the Midwife. It’s a testament to the extraordinary creativity of [writer] Heidi Thomas who pours her heart and soul into every episode.
“We are thrilled that the BBC have put such faith in the show by commissioning two more series and can’t wait to watch our wonderful cast and crew tackling all the social and medical changes which the swinging sixties will bring.”
Thomas added: “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.”
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The current series has proved a ratings hit for the BBC, averaging more than nine million viewers per episode.
It’s taken on subjects such as disability, teenage pregnancy, abortion, intersex representation, mixed-race marriages and cot death.
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, added: “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.”