Call the Midwife will return to BBC1 at 8.00pm on Sunday 20 January, the BBC has confirmed.
The first episode in a new series of eight episodes finds the Nonnatus House community marking the birthday of nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine). But the good cheer proves to be short-lived when, the next day, Jenny is assigned a patient by the name of Molly Brignall (Scarlett Archer), who is involved in an abusive marriage. Molly’s due date is fast approaching and Jenny is concerned about the harm that could come to the woman and her children.
Meanwhile, Trixie (Helen George) and Sister Evangelina (Pam Ferris) are out of their usual milieu as they board a Swedish cargo ship to look after the captain’s daughter, who is about to have her first baby.
The first series of Call the Midwife, which is written by Heidi Thomas, had a series average overnight rating of 8.7m, which made it the biggest new drama series on BBC1 since records began in 2001.
At the time of its recommissioning, channel controller Danny Cohen said: “Heidi Thomas and Neal Street have brought a new kind of grit and risk to period drama. It’s been wonderful to see viewers respond so warmly – and in such large numbers – to this world of babies, nuns and extraordinary women.”
The recent festive instalment had a consolidated viewing figure of 10.18m, which put it in third place in the battle for Christmas Day TV ratings. It was beaten only by ITV1’s Downton Abbey (10.28m) and that evening’s episode of EastEnders (11.31m).