BBC1 delivers sixth series of hit period drama Call the Midwife

The 60s-set drama, following the nuns and midwives of London's East End, will return for another run in 2017

Brace yourselves for more births, bonny babies and vintage dresses: BBC1 will be cycling back to Poplar for another series of hit period drama Call the Midwife.

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The drama, which is returning for a festive special this Christmas Day, has been recommissioned for a sixth series. The new run will consist of a Christmas episode in 2016 followed by eight hour-long episodes in 2017, and will see the cardigan-wearing nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House step into 1962.

“I am delighted that the BBC has decided to commission series six of Call The Midwife even before we have gone on air with series five!” executive producer Pippa Harris said.

“It really demonstrates their commitment to and passion for the show. The ongoing success of Call The Midwife is down to the incredible writing skills of Heidi Thomas and the talent and dedication of our wonderful cast and crew. I hope the audience will enjoy watching series five, which I firmly believe is our strongest yet.”

“BBC One is very proud to be the home of Call The Midwife. Its unrelenting quality and ambition has made it the most-watched drama series of the year,” added BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore, who commissioned the new series. 

Heidi Thomas will continue to lead the writing team for the sixth series of the drama, which stars Helen George, Charlotte Ritchie, Emerald Fennell, Jenny Agutter and Pam Ferris. 

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Call the Midwife will be back for a Christmas episode later this year. Series 5 will air in early 2016.