TV Lifespans: Will Call the Midwife make it all the way to season 10?

Call the Midwife season 10Does it sound a little bit strange to be discussing a Call the Midwife season 10 in 2018? Probably so, given that we are discussing here what is effectively a season of the show that wouldn’t feasibly even air until 2021.

Yet, it’s a little bit difficult to do a CarterMatt TV Lifespans article in the way that we’ve done with some other shows here, largely because of the fact that Call the Midwife is already renewed through season 9. You’ve got two more seasons, and it is always possible that the BBC and writer Heidi Thomas could decide that they’ve had enough at that point.

Let’s make one thing clear: If this series continues at the trajectory in which it’s on at the moment, you’re probably going to see the show last however long the writers want for it to. It’s enormously successful in the ratings, and that’s especially true when you think about it in proportion to how much it may cost to make. This is not the big-budget production of The Night Manager or some other BBC series; it does venture to new locations here and there, but it also relies heavily on familiar sets.

Not only that, but Call the Midwife is also equally independent of its cast. We’ve seen the series lose arguably its two biggest stars already in Miranda Hart and Jessica Raine and it’s still going strong. The series has just figured out a rather fantastic way in which to keep Nonnatus House changing and moving forward. It really mirrors exactly what is going on with the story itself.

The only roadblock that we potentially see in the future here is one related to the show’s timeline. If the series starts to get too contemporary, will it start to lose some of its charm? Things have to move forward and they really should. When it’s time for us to move away from Nonnatus, we’re counting on the BBC to have the foresight in order to make that move in advance.

What do you think: Is there a future for Call the Midwife beyond season 9? Share some of your thoughts now in the comments!

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