BBC commissions three more series of Call the Midwife

The popular period drama – starring Helen George and Charlotte Ritchie – will stay on screens until at least 2020


Call the Midwife is getting three more series, the BBC’s director of content, Charlotte Moore, has announced.


The much-loved period drama – written by Heidi Thomas and based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth – will air on screens until at least 2020, with a new series kicking off in early 2017.

But first, a Christmas special – with stars Helen George and Charlotte Ritchie – takes the midwives on tour for the first time as they visit South Africa for an episode set in a mission clinic in the Eastern Cape.

Speaking at the launch of the festive episode, Moore said the order of three series “underlines our commitment to Britain’s most popular drama series.”


“There is so much rich material – medical, social and emotional – to be explored,” added Thomas in a statement. “We have now delivered well over 100 babies on screen and, like those babies, the stories keep on coming.”