Call the Midwife to return to BBC1 for series five

The 60s-set period drama, following the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House, has been recommissioned for a fifth run

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Call the Midwife is set to return to BBC1 for a fifth series. 

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Trixie, Chummy and co will be back on our screens later this year for their third Christmas special, followed by a fourth season in early 2015. But that will be far from the last we’ll see of the red-cardigan sporting, bicycle-riding midwifes. The hit BBC1 period drama will be back for another eight-episode run in 2016. 

The upcoming fourth series, which wrapped filming on Friday, will see the midwives move into the swinging sixties, while series five will be set during 1961.

Executive producer Pippa Harris said: “We’re delighted that the BBC have commissioned a fifth series of Call the Midwife. The international success of the show is testament to the passion, dedication and skill of Heidi Thomas and the wonderfully talented cast and crew who have created a truly brilliant fourth series for our loyal viewers to enjoy on screen very soon.”

Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama commissioning, added: “Call the Midwife is one of UK’s most popular dramas and in series 4 Heidi Thomas’ writing meets new heights. I’m delighted to be commissioning a new series from Pippa Harris and Neal St.”

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Call the Midwife returns for a Christmas special later this year