BBC has greenlit Call the Midwife for another three series.
The bumper series order for producer Neal Street Productions will take the nuns and midwives right into the mid 1960s.
Series 7, 8 and 9, commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Director, BBC Drama Commissioning, will consist of three 8×60’ series and three Christmas specials.
Call the Midwife launched in 2012 and all five series to date have gained near or over 10m viewers per episode.
Pippa Harris, Executive Producer for Neal Street Productions said: “Like a truly supportive parent, the BBC has nurtured our series from conception onwards, and this exceptional three series commission further demonstrates their care and commitment. It’s a testament too to the passion, skill and creativity of Heidi Thomas, and to the dedication, talent and brilliance of our cast and crew.”
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said: “This new three series commission underlines our commitment to the show and secures its future on screen until 2020. Call the Midwife continues to raise the bar with each new series and is really valued by audiences. The quality and ambition of the storytelling is credit to the excellence of writer Heidi Thomas who has successfully brought the show into the 1960’s with a diverse range of subjects.”
Audiences will return briefly to Poplar next month for the Christmas Special which will air on Christmas Day on BBC One.
Series 6 will follow on in early 2017. Heidi Thomas continues to lead the writing team with Pippa Harris as Executive Producer for Neal Street Productions. Executive Producer for the BBC is Elizabeth Kilgarriff, with Ann Tricklebank as Producer.
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