The BBC has commissioned two more series of Neal Street Productions’ Call the Midwife. The announcement of series 14 and 15 means that the multiple award-winning Call the Midwife will now be on air until 2026, with series 13 commencing filming in the spring.
The highly anticipated final episode of the current series, with the promise of a wedding between Trixie (Helen George) and Matthew (Olly Rix), will air on Sunday 26 February.
Heidi Thomas, creator and writer says: “I’m overjoyed by the news that the doors of Nonnatus House will be open for a few more years! Call the Midwife is the pride and joy of all who work on it, but it’s our fantastic, loyal audience that matters most. We are a family behind the scenes, on the screen, and in front of the telly, and I’m thrilled that we’re all heading into the 1970’s together.”
Dame Pippa Harris, executive producer says; “I’m delighted that the BBC has commissioned another two series of Call the Midwife, taking us into the early 70s. 15 series is a tremendous achievement and it’s a testament to the passion and dedication of our cast and crew, of whom I’m very proud...
"But the show wouldn’t be the phenomenal success it is without the formidable presence of our creator and writer Heidi Thomas. Her continued devotion to the characters and determination to tell the untold stories of women is truly inspiring. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us and our extremely loyal audience in the future!”
Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama says: “Call The Midwife's enduring popularity is thanks to the extraordinary creative talents and hard work of creator Heidi Thomas, executive producers Pippa Harris and Ann Tricklebank, and the series' dedicated cast and crew...
"I know they have many more stories to tell - and that the residents of Nonnatus House have many more babies to deliver - so I'm delighted that Call the Midwife will continue on BBC One and iPlayer for more years to come."
Always facing tough medical and social issues head on, the current series has been praised for its handling of important topics such as domestic abuse, mental health problems and racism.
Commissioned by Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, and Gaynor Holmes, Commissioning Editor for BBC Drama, series 14 and 15 will both consist of an 8x60’ series and a Christmas special for BBC One and iPlayer.