BBC Picks ‘Call the Midwife’ for Two More Seasons: All You Need to Know

BBC “Call the Midwife Seasons 2 Release Date”

The BBC has delighted fans by announcing that the beloved drama “Call the Midwife” has been picked up for two more series, taking the show through to 2026. With series 14 and 15 confirmed, viewers can look forward to seeing their favorite midwives and nuns continue their stories into the 1970s.

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Overview of “Call the Midwife”

“Call the Midwife” follows the day-to-day lives of midwives and nuns working in London’s East End during the 1950s and 1960s. Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, a nurse who worked with the Sisters of St. John the Divine, the show explores medical cases alongside compelling personal stories.

Creator Heidi Thomas brings a warm affection and dedication to historical accuracy to the show. Fans have come to love the vivid portrayal of the close-knit Poplar community, from the crowded tenements of its poorest residents to iconic Nonnatus House, where the midwives reside.

Key Details About the Show’s Renewal

The announcement of two more series, each with eight 60-minute episodes plus holiday specials, allows the show to delve deeper into the 1970s. The midwives and nuns will continue caring for expectant mothers while dealing with rapidly changing social norms and medical practices.

Thomas expressed joy at being able to continue telling stories about the “heroic heart and soul of midwifery and nursing.” The renewal comes during filming for Series 13, which will air in 2024. Stars Jenny Agutter, Linda Bassett, Judy Parfitt, Fenella Woolgar, Ella Bruccoleri, Helen George, Laura Main, Leonie Elliott, Stephen McGann, Cliff Parisi, Annabelle Apsion, and Georgie Glen will all return for the new episodes.

Midwives and Medical Practices Over the Years

Over its decade-plus run, “Call the Midwife” has chronicled evolving medical practices, technology, and the role of midwives and nuns. The show has moved from the dirtier, more primitive conditions of the 1950s into the more modern 1960s.

As Series 14 enters the 1970s, viewers can expect childbirth and nursing to continue changing dramatically. Storylines will likely explore increasingly advanced neo-natal treatments, changing attitudes about pregnancy, and the midwives’ ever-expanding medical capabilities and autonomy.

However, the show remains committed to portraying the intimacies of women’s health and the shared bonds that characterize Nonnatus House.

Major Events and Relationships

Fans can look forward to seeing major characters’ relationships and personal lives continue to develop over the additional two series. One key storyline to keep an eye on is Shelagh and Dr. Turner’s adoption of a daughter with spina bifida in Series 8. As other midwives marry or welcome their own babies, viewers can hope to see the next generation appear.

On the medical front, Series 13 promises to cover the procedure of freezing embryos and difficult pregnancies after miscarriage. Significant historical events that may arise in the show’s timeline include the Moon Landing and England winning the 1966 World Cup.

The Enduring Popularity of “Call the Midwife”

Even after over a decade on the air, “Call the Midwife” continues to charm viewers with its uplifting spirit, nuanced characters, and fascinating window into 20th century British society. The show garnered its highest ratings ever with the 2022 New Year’s Special, proving its cross-generational appeal.

Fans around the world connect with the show’s messages about female empowerment, reproductive justice, acceptance and care across class or race divides, and quiet heroes working for the greater good. Viewers also praise the show’s impeccable attention to historical details in costuming and set design.

What the Future Holds

While the show’s creative team remains mum about story details for upcoming episodes, they have indicated Series 14 and 15 may conclude the show. However, the open-ended nature of the renewal leaves room for more seasons to come.

Regardless of the finale date, fans can count on their beloved midwives and nuns continuing to brave life’s challenges. The enduring community spirit between Nonnatus House and the people of Poplar remains the show’s cornerstone – and viewers will be able to enjoy at least two more years of it. As Sister Monica Joan might say, “to everything there is a season.” For “Call the Midwife,” the next season promises to be as satisfying as the last.

SeasonYearTime PeriodKey Events
120121957-58Introduces Jenny Lee and the midwives
820191964-65Adoption storyline with Shelagh and Dr. Turner
1320241969-70Freezing embryos, difficult pregnancies after miscarriage
1420251971-72Enters the 1970s, continue to portray changing attitudes and medical practices around childbirth and women’s health
1520261972-73Potential conclusion of the show after 15 seasons

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