BBC1 has commissioned a further series of Call the Midwife after only two episodes have aired.
Danny Cohen, BBC1 controller, said: “Call the Midwife has had a huge impact with audiences. It's a very high-quality drama series from a brilliant team. It manages to be both hard-hitting and emotional, gritty and warm. I am already looking forward to the second series.”
Last week's opening episode of the programme, which is based on the lives of 1950s East London midwives and the writing of ex-nurse Jennifer Worth, achieved a consolidated audience of 9.8 million viewers - some of the highest ratings for a BBC drama on record. A similarly impressive 8.6 million (overnight figures) tuned in to watch Miranda Hart join the cast in last night's episode.
Ben Stephenson, controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, added: "Call the Midwife is a totally original mix of comedy, tears, babies and nuns and it is fantastic to see this distinctive piece of British drama win such high praise and ratings. We can’t wait for the team to return next year and are very grateful to the vision of Jennifer Worth and Heidi Thomas."
Call the Midwife airs on Sundays on BBC1 and BBC1 HD at 8:00pm. There are four more episodes in the current series.