CALL The Midwife has been recommissioned for three further series after show bosses secured a new deal to keep it on screens.
Last night the BBC announced the long-running hit drama will stay running until at least 2022.
The recent announcement will no doubt be good news for fans of the show, as the current three-year contract was set to end following the ninth series next year.
Instead, Call The Midwife, which was set in the 1950s when it began in 2012, will reach 1967 – the year the Abortion Act was passed in England, Scotland and Wales.
Executive producer Dame Pippa Harris expressed her delight at the show’s renewal for more seasons and thanked the audience for their response to the show.
She said: “We are thrilled that the BBC have put such faith in the show by commissioning more series, and we can’t wait to watch our wonderful cast and crew tackling all the social and medical changes which the swinging sixties will bring.”
Director of BBC content, Charlotte Moore added: “Everyone at the BBC is delighted we’re welcoming the nurses of Nonnatus House back for more series, and we’re all looking forward to following our cast through the tumultuous years of the late sixties.”
Meanwhile, the show’s creator, writer and executive producer, Heidi Thomas said: “Even after all these years, it still feels as though Call The Midwife has more truth to tell, more tears to cry, more life to celebrate and more love to give.”
Since the show began seven years ago, it has become one of the highest rated UK dramas, with series eight averaging at nine million viewers per episode.
Series eight focused heavily on nurse Valerie Dyer’s grandmother, who was jailed for six years for organising backstreet abortions.
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Fans of the show were left in tears yesterday as they claimed the series finale was the “saddest episode EVER” and were left sobbing over Valerie’s pain over her grandmother’s illegal activity.
One wrote: “Valerie, my poor angel, who deserves better than this.”
A second wrote: “Oh you did it to me again, blubbering mess!”
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