At the conclusion of tonight’s Call the Midwife season 8 finale, the folks over at BBC One decided to make a special delivery! Not only are we getting a season 9 next year, but a season 10 and 11 following that up. This means that the series will be on the air through at least 2022, or 1967 in the timeline of the series.
The timing of this announcement was clearly meant to springboard on the success of the finale, which arrived tonight with waterworks, emotion, and also a little bit of hope — this wasn’t the same sort of finale that we had at the end of season 7.
In a statement today, Pippa Harris, Executive Producer for Neal Street Productions, said the following:
“We are delighted and humbled by the continued warmth of the audience response to Call the Midwife. It’s a testament to the extraordinary creativity of Heidi Thomas who pours her heart and soul into every episode. We are thrilled that the BBC have put such faith in the show by commissioning more seasons, 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.”
Meanwhile, Heidi Thomas, Creator, Writer, and Executive Producer, also stated this:
“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. We are blessed with the best cast, crew, and audience a show could wish for, and I could not be more excited about our future.”
Entering tonight, we already knew there was a season 9 coming. That was first announced years ago. What tonight’s announcement does is ensure that there are many more opportunities to see excellent stories coming down the line beyond that. It’s a testament mostly to the show’s loyal viewers, who choose to watch Call the Midwife week after week and are fully immersed within this world. Beyond that, it is also a testament to the fantastic people who work to make the series what it is, whether it be the exceptional crew, the writers, and of course the cast. Without the series’ high quality, there wouldn’t be any fans cheering it on.
What does this mean for viewers in America?
Basically, it means that you will have season 8 this spring, season 9 in 2020, season 10 in 2021, and then season 11 in 2022 — provided of course that PBS continues to broadcast the show the same way they always have. There will be at least one more Christmas Special coming later this year, and hopefully some more beyond that.
For now, let’s just rejoice in the news that Nonnatus House is not closing up shop at any point in the near future.
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