BBC's popular period drama has been part of our Sunday night's since 2012, but after 42 episodes across five series, there's still more stories to be told about the nuns of Nonnatus House in East London.  

Created by Heidi Thomas and based on the memoirs of real-life midwife Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife is one of the most popular television dramas produced by the BBC in the 21st Century.

When is series 6 expected to air on TV?

Call the Midwife will return to BBC1 for a Christmas special in 2016 followed shortly afterwards by a full series of eight hour-long episodes in January and February 2017.  

Who will be in the cast for series 6?


Sinead Cusack joins the Christmas Special cast playing Dr Myra Fitzsimmons. Returning cast members include Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane), Victoria Yeates (Sister Winifred), Laura Main (Shelagh Turner), Stephen McGann (Dr Turner), Jack Ashton (Tom), Helen George (Trixie), Charlotte Ritchie (Barbara) and Cliff Parisi (Fred).

Will Call the Midwife 6 air on TV in America?

It is expected that Call the Midwife will be screened on PBS in America as previous seasons have been. At present no air dates are available. Further information on PBS and Call the Midwife can be found here.

What is the plot for series 6, do you have any spoilers?

The Christmas special of the show will see the nuns in South Africa hoping to help a tiny mission hospital on the Eastern Cape through a terrible time.  Can the Nonnatus nuns save the hospital from closing down and perform a Christmas miracle a long way from home?


Series six itself is set in 1962 and the social revolution is well and truly underway in Poplar like the rest of Britain.

"As they strive to help mothers and families cope with the demands of childbearing, disability, disease and social prejudice, our beloved medics must make choices - and fight battles - of their own. Series six will see them laugh together, cry together, and pull together, supporting each other as never before."

Heidi Thomas, creator, writer and executive producer, says: “My passion for the world and characters of Call The Midwife grows stronger with each passing year. Every season brings new stories, new challenges and new triumphs - yet each one feels like a return to a much-loved home, and series six will be no exception. As the team settle back into Poplar after their South African adventure, we‘ll see them grappling with all the contradictions and opportunities of the early Sixties - the beacon of the pill, the shadow of the Kray twins, the lure of independence and the call to duty. And time and time again, in a age of change and danger, we will be reminded of the simple power of love.”

Where is Call the Midwife filmed?

The sixth series is to be filmed on location at the historic Chatham dockyard, in the streets of London’s East End, and at the Call The Midwife studio base in Chertsey, Surrey.

The 2016 Call the Midwife Christmas special is to be filmed on location in and around Cape Town in South Africa.

Is Miranda Hart in the series as Chummy?

Sadly not. After an announcement that Chummy would be in the Christmas special of Call the Midwife and would return to the show from episode one of series 6, Miranda Hart pulled out due to work commitments.  

The BBC later released a statement saying “We can confirm that Chummy will now not be returning in Series 6 of Call the Midwife. Filming has been going brillianatly over the summer, and we look forward to bringing our fans exciting and emotional new stories from Nonnatus House at Christmas, and in early 2017.”