Call the Midwife Returns to BBC One for Season Six


LONDON: The BBC has commissioned a sixth season of the drama series Call the Midwife.

The latest season is comprised of a 2016 Christmas special and eight hour-long episodes, which are set for 2017. Produced for BBC One by Neal Street Productions, Call the Midwife launched in 2012. This month, BBC One will air the fourth Call the Midwife Christmas special, with the rest of season five lined up for January. The series follows the lives of a group of midwives working in the poverty-stricken East End of London. Season six brings the story line into 1962.

Pippa Harris, executive producer for Neal Street Productions, said: “I am delighted that the BBC has decided to commission series six of Call the Midwife even before we have gone on air with series five! It really demonstrates their commitment to and passion for the show. The ongoing success of Call the Midwife is down to the incredible writing skills of Heidi Thomas and the talent and dedication of our wonderful cast and crew. I hope the audience will enjoy watching series five, which I firmly believe is our strongest yet."

Charlotte Moore, the controller of BBC One, commented: "BBC One is very proud to be the home of Call the Midwife. Its unrelenting quality and ambition has made it the most-watched drama series of the year and I've just committed to a sixth series in 2017."

Moore commissioned the sixth season along with Polly Hill, controller of BBC drama commissioning. Elizabeth Kilgarriff serves as executive producer for the BBC, while Ann Tricklebank is the producer.