Following tonight’s epic, emotional season 8 finale, when could the Call the Midwife season 9 premiere date be? Consider this CarterMatt article your guide for all things when it comes to the future of the BBC drama series.
Let’s begin with a reminder that there is already a season 9 renewal on tap — prior to the show being renewed for season 7, it was actually renewed for three seasons all at the same time. That’s a pretty rare move in the TV business, and it doesn’t matter if you’re talking about the US or the UK arms of the industry. British dramas don’t always have an especially long shelf life, but Call the Midwife has many things going for it. For starters, there’s always a sense of relevancy and purpose through the stories that it tells — women’s issues are not going to suddenly going away, and we are so much more aware of many of them than we were back when the series first came out. It also seems to be budgeted in a way that makes it fairly easy to produce, and the show has great ratings both stateside and also internationally.
Call the Midwife has also become such a pop-culture institution (there is even an officially-sanctioned tour of filming locations) that there would probably be massive fan protests if it was to end right now. There are so many more emotional stories worth sinking our teeth into!
Now let’s get back to the question at the heart of this article…
When will Call the Midwife season 9 premiere?
One of the best things about this series is probably just how reliable it really is — you more or less know when it starts and when it ends every season that it’s on the air.
Pending some sort of enormous surprise, we’ll likely revisit Poplar and Nonnatus House come December for the annual Christmas Special. It’s a part of the fabric of this show, and Christmas Day wouldn’t be the same without a new special for the show (we look forward to it every year – it’s tradition!). Following that, the new season will probably premiere come January 2020 in the UK — seasons tend to run about eight episodes, which means that you will see the story play out from January through March.
What about a premiere date in America?
If you’re reading this article from the States, then you’re still waiting to watch season 8 at the time of this writing! New episodes of this current season are going to be arriving come March 31 — with that in mind, prepare to see season 9 in either March or April 2020. New seasons of Call the Midwife almost always premiere in America months after the show’s UK launch — consider it one of the series’ more-frustrating traditions.
Will season 9 be the final season?
Nothing is confirmed about that as of this writing. Personally, we’d love to see Call the Midwife make it to season 10 just because that’s such a big, milestone number; yet, that will likely be up to the wishes of creator Heidi Thomas, the cast, and the BBC. While we know that the series has withstood a lot of significant cast changes over the years, you could eventually get to a point here where it doesn’t feel like the same show anymore; if you are at a point coming up where you’re set to lose a big chunk of your key players, it may be time to close up shop … but we don’t think that we’re there just yet. Keep Nonnatus open! We need more reasons to get misty-eyed every Sunday!
Update: Not so much!
Tonight after the season 8 finale, it was confirmed that Call The Midwife was renewed for TWO more seasons, which means that it will be on until 2022. Extraordinary news! The show just keeps going…
Once there is more news on Call the Midwife season 9, a possible premiere date, and more, we’ll have it for you here at CarterMatt.
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